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Every Resident Should Actively Support Beal Aerospace Project For St. Croix. This is an Extraordinary Opportunity!
by Carmelo Rivera

     The space industry is the future. It is a highly competitive and rapidly growing industry. Companies, like Beal Aerospace, are being aggressively sought out by states such as - Alaska, California, Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, and Virginia. These states are allocating lots of money and offering all sorts of incentives to attract aerospace industries. Last year alone, the Spaceport Florida Authority received $5.3 million from state, federal and private sources. The New Mexico legislature is considering new legislation to spend $344 million to build a spaceport by year 2006 that would be exclusively used by rocket companies.
     The Florida Legislature ended its annual Legislative Session last month after approving several measures aimed at supporting the growth and competitiveness of the states' space industry. According to Lt. Governor Frank Brogan, "Florida is committed to maintaining, expanding and diversifying its space industry by providing the most competitive business environment possible."
     What are we waiting for in the Virgin Islands?
     Fortunately, Beal Aerospace came to us. St. Croix, the easternmost part of the United States, is a strategic location for this industry. Beal wants to build its corporate headquarters and facility on 270 acres of vacant land property on the south shore. This is the Virgin Islands' great opportunity to get into the lucrative space industry business.
     You have heard the unfortunate economic woes of the Territory. More stores and businesses are closing. The government is broke. Jobs are being cut. Many Virgin Islanders are leaving permanently for the states.
     St. Croix needs real private sector jobs to employ our workers, support our families and to turn around the depressed economy.
     Beal Aerospace will create good high-paying jobs for Virgin Islanders. Beal will invest $100 million in property, buildings, wages, etc. There will be 250 construction jobs and Beal will hire a minimum of 145 long-term positions for workers of all skills, experience and talents. By law, 80% of these jobs must go to Virgin Islanders.
     Aerospace and hi-tech jobs are good jobs. In Florida, according to an article in Florida Today, there are 1,369 aerospace and aviation companies with annual sales in excess of $15 billion. Reportedly, those firms employ 86,387 workers who make an average of $37,093. There are another 141,714 jobs supporting the industry, bringing total employment to 228,101 jobs that pay $6.5 billion a year. To learn about space careers, check out the Internet:
     For years, we have talked about the need to grow and diversify our economy with light and non-polluting industries.
     This is the opportune time. The aerospace industry is a cutting edge hi-tech & clean operation that will not pollute our precious island. We should firmly grab this opportunity and many more aerospace-related businesses are likely to come to St. Croix and create employment. For a listing of these types of businesses go to the Internet:
     This December, Delta airlines will end its flights to St. Croix because of lack of passengers traveling to this destination. When Beal builds its headquarters and assembly plant here, can you imagine the number of highly paid executives, scientists, and business people from the US and from foreign countries who would frequently visit St. Croix for business meetings? Isn't that the best kind of stable year-round travel and tourism that we need?
     Let our legislators and government officials know that you want progress and that you want the Beal Project on St. Croix.
     For more information on the space industry log on to:,, and to
     Carmelo Rivera, HR & Business Consultant, (340) 692-2123

   The possibilities for self-sustaining cultural tourism projects on St. Croix are endless, but it would take new vision and eager investors and a highly motivated community working together to make things happen.
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Interior Department has a mandate to assist the Virgin Islands and other Insular Areas under the American Flag.
   The Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) carries out the Secretary of the Interior's responsibilities for the insular areas such as the Virgin Islands. These responsibilities include providing the insular areas with financial assistance for government operations and needed infrastructure, and providing technical assistance and advisory services. This assistance is a recognition that local tax revenues and other Federal programs are insufficient to meet the unique needs of the insular areas. The Secretary's responsibilities also require coordination with other Federal agencies to develop insular policy positions and to enunciate the Administration's position in discussions with the Congress and the insular governments.
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   Olasee Davis, a part-time professor in natural science at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Croix was nominated by Delegate Christensen, and was selected over candidates from New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico for his extensive work in environmental education in the Virgin Islands.
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My Millenium Wish List for the Virgin Islands
   Thinkng about the future of the Virgin Islands? This article contains ten major items this writer wishes for the US Virgin Islands in the new millenium. Among these are--Business growth and prosperity; Education advancement and reform; Reinvented government; Reliable and modern infrastructure; Quality and affordable healthcare; Precious environment; Improved neighborhoods and housing communities; Happy, peaceful and caring community; Genuine futurists, visionaries and strategic planners to plot our future; and Renewed faith and reconnection with our maker and spiritual being. What's on your wish list?
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   One of our concerned readers claims to have been informed that because of the sheer size of the Social Security Administration this agency is no where near ready for Y2K. She urges everyone to get a copy of their earnings and pay out records. (Note: We normally do not publish these types of letters, but this one certainly had an important public reminder that we thought merited publication).
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Every Resident Should Actively Support Beal Aerospace Project For St. Croix. This is an Extraordinary Opportunity!
   According to Lt. Governor Frank Brogan, "Florida is committed to maintaining, expanding and diversifying its space industry by providing the most competitive business environment possible."
  What are we waiting for in the Virgin Islands?
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Improved Christmas Festival and Effective Advertising Can keep Delta and Other Airlines Coming to St. Croix Carmelo Rivera is a licensed Management and HR Consultant.
   To keep Delta and other commercial airlines flying to St. Croix beyond 1999 does not take much imagination--just improve the St. Croix Festival and tourism product. Give tourists good reasons to come here. Thousands and thousands of people could flock through our new airport for a well-earned holiday break and escape from the northern winter. Our Festival can be the economic booster to rekindle the St. Croix entertainment and cultural tourism economy.
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