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Navigating Aviation Economic Development in Oregon

Oregon Aviation Industries (ORAVI) is a membership organization that is focused on economic development for the 400+ aviation related businesses in Oregon and the surrounding region.

In 2015 our major initiative was to submit and work with the aviation community on passing Oregon House Bill HB 2075.  Mary Rosenblum, board member and committee chair was our primary lobbyist.  The bill was to increase aviation fuel tax by two cents per gallon, the first increase in fifty years.  It passed the House and Senate by a 90% margin and was signed by Governor Kate Brown on 7/20/2015.  It will bring $20 million over the next six years for aviation infrastructure, safety, rural air service, grant matches and economic development.  It became effective January 1, 2016. Details

Our 100+ members work together to drive the aviation economy forward by increasing traded-sector revenues, influencing aviation beneficial legislation, creating jobs and producing quality products and services that are sold worldwide.  Working together, our members make a positive economic development impact in Oregon and the region.

Oregon companies are leaders in Kit Aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Worldwide Heavy Liftelicopter operations, Avionics, Aircraft and parts manufacturing and general and commercial operations and maintenance.  And we are connected with many of the 97 public use airports in Oregon.

Oregon Aviation Industries is the Aviation Cluster group of the Oregon Business Council and the Oregon Business Plan  We work very closely with the Oregon Department of Aviation, the Oregon Aviation Board, SOAR Oregon, Business Oregon Economic Development, Oregon Airport Managers Association and we are members of the the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (board member), Gorge Technology Alliance, Technology Association of Oregon, Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition and the Oregon Economic Development Association.

We conduct quarterly meetings at member companies which feature facility tours and panels of experts.  Topics include workforce development, light sport aircraft, capital access, airport funding, rural air service, community relations and unmanned aircraft systems and test sites.  These meetings draw up to 40 attendees and offer excellent networking and contacts in addition to the panel topics and discussions.

Each fall ORAVI holds an annual Summit which draws 100+ aviation businesses, government and aviation leaders, economic development officials and legislators.  The first two summits were held at the Evergreen Aviation Museum.

In 2014 the annual Summit was held in Hood River at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) and the last two summits 2015 and 2016 have been held at www.caapilots.com in Aurora.  Plans are underway to hold the 2017 annual summit in a rural Oregon community.

Members attend ORAVI meetings at reduced charge and are included in regular informational emails, newsletters and networking events.  We encourage all of the 400+ aviation related companies in the region to join our organization. There is strength in numbers.  "We Fly Higher Together".

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