Blackwell businessman Joe Harris was recently selected to serve as chairman for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission through fiscal year 2009, which began July 1 and ends June 30, 2009.
Other newly elected officers are Kenneth Adams of Bartlesville, vice chairman, and Wes Stucky of Ardmore, secretary.
The remaining members of the Commission include Dave Amis III and Tom Stephenson, both of Oklahoma City, as well as new appointees Rick Armstrong of Tulsa and Mel Stubbings of McAlester.
Commissioners selected Harris as chairman during their June meeting. He will lead the seven-member board that is responsible for encouraging, fostering and assisting in the development of aviation in Oklahoma. This includes the preservation and improvement of the state’s 114 public airports and promotion of the state’s top employer—the aerospace industry.
The aerospace industry is one of the state’s largest employers, resulting in almost 150,000 direct and indirect jobs and a $5 billion annual payroll. It also generates an industrial output of $12.5 billion annually.