(By Delegates Amores and Jenkins, et al)

Endorsing the development of a West Virginia Transportation Park (Transpark).
Whereas, Members of the West Virginia Legislature are interested leaders in the long-term economic health and welfare of the State of West Virginia; and
Whereas, The Legislature recognizes and acknowledges the long-term need in West Virginia for world class air service and also recognizes that West Virginia is surrounded by states which have or are developing their air transportation facilities; and
Whereas, West Virginia competes in the regional, national, international arena for its share of the world economy and therefore needs the tools to become and remain competitive; and
Whereas, Information relative to the needs and trends of business and industry indicate a growing need for air passenger and air freight services; and
Whereas, This information clearly shows that West Virginians do not enjoy reasonable access to the national air system and therefore this situation impacts negatively on our citizens and businesses and needs to be addressed; and
Whereas, The positive economic future of many areas of West Virginia is dependent upon appropriate infrastructure, services and development; and
Whereas, The Legislature is desirous of supporting activities essential for the long-term economic prosperity of the State as a whole; and
Whereas, Air transportation is expanding and improving nationally and internationally, but declining in the State of West Virginia; and
Whereas, Increased speed and efficiency in passenger and air freight transportation are necessary to promote the stability and growth of the economy in West Virginia; and
Whereas, There is ample air space available in western West Virginia for increased air traffic and the development of a Transpark facility; and
Whereas, Competitive transportation infrastructure significantly influences the location of businesses; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the State of West Virginia endorses the development of a West Virginia Transpark and further commits its efforts to fully promote the construction of infrastructure required to make such a facility competitive for the coming century; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates is hereby directed to send a certified copy of the resolution to Governor Gaston Caperton, U.S. Representative Nick Joe Rahall, II, U.S. Representative Robert E. Wise, U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, Cabinet Secretary Fred VanKirk and the Federal Aviation Administration immediately uponits adoption.