CMTA Announces Formation of New Policy Committee Focused on Aerospace and Defense Issues


September 16, 2021

Sacramento, Calif. – Today the California Manufacturers & Technology Association announced the formation of a targeted policy committee to address, manage and leverage policy issues affecting the aerospace and defense industries. The committee will be known as the Aerospace and Defense Alliance of California (ADAC) and will be the voice for those sectors to the Administration, Legislature, and regulatory agencies.

California is a global leader in aerospace, aviation, and defense driving the latest advancements through research and development (R&D) and advanced manufacturing. California employees develop and sustain unmanned systems, shipbuilding, military aircraft, commercial aviation and space science programs for the U.S. and people around the world.

"The aerospace and defense sectors are two of the largest components of California's economy with tens of thousands of suppliers, creating world leading innovation and tremendous opportunities for working families," shared CMTA President Lance Hastings. "It is imperative that we call out the contributions of these critical economic contributors and identify policies that help advance the mission of ADAC."

"We applaud initiatives like the CMTA Board’s approval to form ADAC to support the needs of this vital industry. Several leading aerospace and defense companies have formed the backbone of this group that will help to promote and advance the state’s global presence in aircraft, aviation and space exploration development," said Joe Ahn, a Co-Founding ADAC Member, and manager of Governmental Relations for Northrop Grumman.

The aerospace, aviation, and defense industries support more than 511,000 high paying jobs in California and generate in excess of $66.2 billion in annual economic activity, larger than the agriculture and entertainment industry combined. The aerospace and defense industries also generate $7 billion in state and local taxes.

"ADAC will work to maintain California's place as the leading state for the aerospace and defense industries, which combined employ more than half a million Californians today. We will also work to expand ADAC's membership so that it represents the entire industry supply chain in California, which extends to all 58 counties," said Mark Taylor, founding Chair of ADAC and Boeing's State and Local Government Operations director in California.

"ADAC will help emphasize the importance of those sectors and the supply chains that support the research, development and advancement of aerospace and defense. In fact, many suppliers to these companies are small, private companies that operate in communities across California," added Hastings.

 



The aerospace, aviation, and defense industry supports more than 511,000 high paying jobs and generates more than $66.2 billion in annual economic activity, larger than the agriculture and entertainment industry combined, and generates $7 billion in state and local taxes. California is a global leader in aerospace, aviation, defense research and development (R&D) and advanced manufacturing which supports unmanned systems, military aircraft, and space science programs.


Aerospace and Defense Alliance of California (ADAC)

The Aerospace and Defense Alliance of California (ADAC) is affiliated with the California Manufacturers and Technology Association’s (CMTA) and was formed to address, manage, and leverage policy issues affecting the aerospace and defense industry, specifically. California is a global leader in aerospace, aviation, defense research and development (R&D), and advanced manufacturing.

California's aerospace industry supports more than 511,000 high-paying jobs, generates more than $66.2 billion in annual economic activity, and generates $7 billion in state and local taxes. The aerospace industry supply chain consists of thousands of other small businesses, many minority-owned, located throughout all 58 counties. ADAC supports policies that enable the industry to make long-planned capital investments, hire more people, improve our facilities, retain vital small business suppliers, and create educational and career pathways for our future workforce. California needs policies that are shaped to support the entire ecosystem of aerospace and defense companies, many of which are small businesses located throughout the state.

ADAC is committed to continuing to lead the way on environmental stewardship, capitalizing on the innovation at the core of the aerospace and defense industry towards identifying and achieving ambitious sustainability goals. CMTA is proud to support the needs of this vital industry. Several leading aerospace and defense companies have formed the backbone of this group to promote and advance the state’s global presence in aircraft, aviation, and space exploration development.

We hope that you enjoy the 2022 California Aerospace Day and thank you for joining us as we celebrate the most innovative, environmentally friendly and future forward industry in the state.

Industry Vibrance

It is imperative that state fiscal policies support ongoing aerospace, aviation and defense programs in California which will help the state economy recover from the pandemic recession. The industry supply chain consists of thousands of small businesses, many of which are minority owned, located throughout all 58 counties. Specifically, ADAC supports: R&D tax credits – as well as the Net Operating Loss (NOL) carry forward – are critical tools that allow us to remain competitive and to continue investing and hiring in California. Lifting the caps on economic development programs will enable us to make long ago planned capital investments, hire more people, improve our facilities, and retain vital small business suppliers. Policies need to be shaped to support the entire ecosystem of A&D companies, many of which are small businesses located (in all 58 counties) throughout the state.

Environmental Stewardship

Our companies are leaders in corporate sustainability with many being recognized by Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) and CDP Climate Change A List. We are committed to continuing to lead the way on environmental stewardship, capitalizing on the innovation at the core of our industry towards identifying and achieving ambitious sustainability goals.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We foster a culture where everyone belongs and can thrive, with a commitment not only to diversity and equity, but also inclusion. Our companies are committed to building an inclusive work environment that attracts, develops, and retains a diverse workforce. We believe that all employees should have a safe and inclusive work environment – one in which everyone is treated fairly, with the highest standards of professionalism, ethical conduct, and full compliance with the law. From the CEO down, we are actively committed to promoting diversity and inclusion throughout our companies.

Education & Workforce Development

We champion high-quality education that develops a diverse, robust, local workforce that can support the strong California aerospace, aviation, and defense industry. Continue to grow the long-standing partnerships between industry and higher education to have both our California Universities and Colleges continue to be ranked first in the nation and produce the critical workforce of the future here in California. Specifically, ADAC supports:

  
  • Governor Newsom’s proposal to increase state funding for University of California, California State University, California Community Colleges and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs.
  • Public and private workforce development collaboration programs to up-skill technical skills for incumbent workers and new employee hires.
  • Programs focused on diversifying the STEM pipeline.
  • STEM career ladder programs from K-12 through post-secondary education.
  • Career Technical Education (CTE) programs to help fill the gaps as skilled workers leave the workforce.

Military & Veteran Affairs

Support policies that make California the premier environment for active military, veterans, and their families. This includes supporting policies focused on improving license portability for military spouses that will enhance California’s ability to recruit and retain talent to our state.

Join CMTA to be part of ADAC

For more information to join contact Sarah Johnson at sjohnson@cmta.net or call 916-498-3319.

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August 3, 2022

California Aerospace Day Highlights the Industry in the State Event focuses on what state leaders can do to expand, support, and retain industry

The California Manufacturing and Technology Association (CMTA) and the Aerospace State Association (ASA) just wrapped up California Aerospace Day, bringing together a cross section of California’s largest aerospace companies with State Legislators. The Aerospace Defense Alliance of California (ADAC) was formed in 2021 and this is the first time it has collaborated to organize this event. Representatives from The Boeing Company, Collins Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon Technologies showcased the industry’s impact on California’s economy and what state leaders can do to expand, support and retain the business.

“This is a unique opportunity to highlight the ingenuity and innovation of aerospace in our state to our leaders and community partners,” said Lance Hastings, CMTA’s President and CEO. “Today is a glimpse into what we are building and creating in California. This industry is essential to our state’s economy. Not only are our aerospace companies creating cutting-edge technologies, but they are providing jobs for working families.”

According to a report and a recent study by PwC, California's aerospace, aviation, and defense industry supports more than 511,000 high-paying jobs, generates more than $100 billion in annual economic activity, and generates $7 billion in state and local taxes. Additionally, the industry supply chain consists of thousands of other small businesses, many minority-owned, located throughout all 58 counties. America’s aerospace industry originated in California and today remains the largest industry in the state.

Held at the Aerospace Museum of California, the event, which included tours of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator, a model of Northrop Grumman’s Fire Scout, a model of Lockheed Martin’s GPS III and other industry exhibits, was organized through CMTA’s Aerospace Defense Alliance of California (ADAC) committee.

Throughout the day, leaders from aerospace manufacturers and technology companies participated in various panel discussions on STEM and workforce development, women in aerospace, innovation and exploration, and climate change and sustainability.

“There’s a misconception out there that aerospace has left California. When in fact, it’s the aerospace industry, which is larger than entertainment and agriculture combined, that’s bringing high-tech, high-skilled jobs to the state,” said Mark Taylor, ADAC Chair.