Saturday, September 1, 2018

Appalachian Sky: Aviation, aerospace, jobs are September 18th topics

The role that aviation and aerospace can play in diversifying the Southwest Virginia economy will be the topics of a panel discussion Sept. 18 in Wise.

The Appalachian Sky initiative will host the event starting at 10 a.m. at The Inn at Wise, according to Circuit Court Clerk Jack Kennedy.

Appalachian Sky is a business and economic development partnership working to attract aerospace industry to eastern Kentucky, southwest Ohio and western West Virginia.

Virginia Aviation Region 1, west of Roanoke, “seeks to attract active participation of airport managers, airport commissioners, economic development and local, state and federal government leaders and those representing the commercial aviation sector and academic programs” in this event, according to Kennedy.

Participants will include U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, appearing by video; Brad Hall, Appalachian Power Co. vice president for external affairs; Mark Flynn, director of Virginia Aviation; Jon Green of Virginia Tech, discussing unmanned aircraft system efforts of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership; and Bud Oakey, executive director of the Virginia Business Aviation Association.

For more information, contact Kennedy at and visit

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