May 19, 2014
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 54
AVIATION DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE
WHEREAS, the aviation industry, both commercial and general, is directly responsible for over 100,000 jobs in North Carolina and the continued promotion and development of the industry is critical to both maintaining and growing the related employment base; and
WHEREAS, the annual impact of the aviation industry in North Carolina exceeds $25 billion dollars annually; and
WHEREAS, the vast majority of the airports in North Carolina are locally owned and governed and the direct tax revenue generated by those airports exceeds $770 million annually. These tax dollars go to the respective counties in which the airports are located; and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Division of Aviation (“DOA”) is charged with the oversight of grant money and development of publicly owned airports in the State that are eligible for funding, management of both State and Federal aviation related grants, and the operation of the State owned fleet; and
WHEREAS, the General Assembly enacted the Strategic Transportation Investments bill (HB817) on June 26, 2013 in order to more effectively allocate Department of Transportation capital expenditures, based on State, regional and divisional needs. This legislation combined the process for prioritization for airport projects along with other non-highway modes of transportation; and
WHEREAS, the oversight, promotion of, funding for and development of airports in our State is critical to the continued employment growth and fostering of both our local and Statewide economies.
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of North Carolina, IT IS ORDERED.
Section 1. Establishment
The North Carolina Aviation Development Task Force is hereby established (hereinafter “Task Force”).
Section 2. Membership
The Task Force shall consist of thirteen (13) members. Members shall be persons experienced in the aviation industry or those industries reliant upon aviation and represent geographically diverse areas of the State. Membership of the Task Force shall include a current member of the North Carolina Board of Transportation and the Secretary of Transportation or his/her designee. All positions shall be appointed by the Governor and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The Governor shall appoint the Chair and Vice Chair of the Task Force who shall likewise serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
Section 3. Meetings
The Task Force shall meet as necessary to properly exercise its functions, but no less frequently than quarterly, or upon the call of the Governor or the Chair.
Section 4. Duties
The Task Force shall, by May 1, 2015, submit a comprehensive report and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation for the enhancement of the State’s Aviation programs. The report shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
1. Review and study of the current programs, published policies and standard operating procedures within the Division of Aviation.
2. Review and study of how revisions to the Division of Aviation’s existing programs and policies can enhance its role as an advocate for aviation and publicly owned airports throughout the State.
3. Review of new or alternative funding sources for the Division of Aviation.
4. Recommendations for improving efficiencies within the Division so as to ensure the highest level of customer service.
5. Recommendations on how the Division of Aviation can provide additional assistance to cities, towns, counties and other governmental subdivisions for the enhancement and operation of airports, landing fields and other aviation facilities.
6. Strategies for maximizing the economic impact of publicly owned airports in their respective communities and across the State.
7. Strategies to recruit more aerospace manufacturing in North Carolina.
8. Strategies for the promotion of military aviation and collaboration with existing military in North Carolina.
9. Recommendations on how to recruit retired military personnel to remain in North Carolina to become a part of the aerospace manufacturing industry.
10. Any other duties as assigned by the Governor or the Secretary of Transportation.
Section 5. Administration
The Division of Aviation shall provide administrative and staff support services, including meeting space, as may be required. Members of the Task Force shall serve without compensation, but may receive reimbursement for travel in accordance with State law and the policies and regulations of the Office of State Budget and Management.
Section 6. Effect and Duration
This Executive Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until July 1, 2015, pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 147-16.2(b)
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in the City of Raleigh, this nineteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eight.
Elaine F. Marshall
Secretary of State