WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) attended the Ohio General Aviation Forum at Lunken Airport to discuss Ohio's leadership in the aviation industry and how growth in this sector will bring jobs to Ohio.
"Every two seconds of every single day, an Ohio made engine lifts a plane into the air," Brown said. "Approximately half of general aviation sales are from exports - which Cincinnati businesses understand is critical to creating jobs and increasing sales. As a member of President Obama's Export Council, I'm working on an aggressive export strategy that will help revitalize American manufacturing - and help Ohio businesses expand into new markets."
Hosted by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, GE Aviation and Hartzell Propeller, Brown was joined by U.S. Reps. Steve Driehaus (OH-1) and Jean Schmidt (OH-2) as well as aviation workers and community and business leaders.
According to a 2006 GAMA report, Ohio is the 9th largest state in terms of general aviation's total economic contribution-$5.5 billion, or 3.7 percent of all domestic GA spending.
Brown is a leading congressional voice on trade issues, and has introduced legislation that provides for a thorough review of our trade agreements and their impact on American wages and jobs. In March, 2010, Brown was appointed to the President's Export Council, the principal national advisory committee on international trade. Through sectors like the aviation industry, Sen. Brown is working to implement the President's National Export Initiative, which encourages job creation through exports and fosters programs that help small and medium-sized businesses engage in international trade.