VPOD 18.17. Del. Richard Anderson – Aerospace in Virginia

Delegate Richard Anderson is chairman of the Virginia House Committee on Science and Technology and the Joint Committee on Technolgy and Science (JCOTS). He represents Virginia’s 51st House of Delegates District.

In this podcast, Chairman Anderson talks about the latest state initiatives regarding the aviation and space industry. A study was commissioned by the General Assembly and performed by the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

“We as a commonwealth have not harnassed all of the potential of the aviation and space industry,” said Anderson in the podcast.

The study came up with six key recommendations:

(1) Pursue initiatives to grow Virginia’s commercial space enterprise and operation of unmanned aerial systems as key economic development initiatives

(2) Create a high-level aerospace economic development position in Virginia state government

(3) Attract new aerospace investments to Virginia

(4) Market current aerospace assets in Virginia’s government, commercial, and academic sectors

(5) Coordinate elements in Virginia’s aviation and space sectors to grow and diversify the economy

(6) Search for new opportunities in the financially-constrained federal sector for investment in the Commonwealth

Anderson discusses these recommendations and also explains how this is not a play to wrestle away the space program from Florida, but more of a concentrated effort to work with private industry and the next governor’s administration to set conditions to grow the aviation and space industry.

Anderson is seeking to meet soon with industry leaders to determine what initial steps can be taken – “low hanging fruit” – in the 2018 General Assembly to further support this industry and its potential.

“We cannot even scratch the surface [of what needs to be done] in a single General Assembly session,” said Anderson.

Anderson was clear to point out that privacy and security concerns are certainly part of the conversation as the industry continues to develop and that, by and large, the desire to grow Virginia’s aerospace frontier is a nonpartisan issue.

Links of Note:

VPOD can always be heard on demand at Bearing Drift. Or you can take the show with you wherever you go by subscribing via iTunes. Our favorite way to listen to podcasts is on the commute. A lot of cars can connect your mobile phone via Bluetooth to your car radio. Or listen using your headphones on the train. Or you can download it to your MP3 player. Or you can stream right here on the desktop by clicking the player. Whatever you do, listen and enjoy!

  • DJRippert

    “Anderson earned his B.A. in political science from Polytechnic Institute and State University and his M.A. in public administration from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.”

    I am sure Del Anderson is well intended but we couldn’t scare up even one engineer to lead the Committee on Science and Technology?

    Youza.

  • Lawrence Wood

    Economic development in this sector for the state fine, taxpayer based economic subsidies to attract and underwrite no way. Proponents need to be VERY clear exactly what they are signing the state’s taxpayers up for short and long term in any proposed aerospace industry development plan. This sector nationwide has all too frequently (especially among the new industry startups) manifested itself to be a corporate welfare subsidy monster of the first order.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.