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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: http://www.spacelinks.com/SpaceCareers
     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: http://www.db.erau.edu/www_virtual_lib/aerospace/manufacturers.html
     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: www.flatoday.com, www.aero.com, www.nasa.com and to www.space.com
     
     Carmelo Rivera, HR & Business Consultant, (340) 692-2123
     crivera@vitelcom.net
     
     

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