NORTHFIELD ? Saying New Jersey cannot lose its home field advantage, Assemblymen John Amodeo and Vince Polistina proposed that the state form a specialized economic development team to attract aviation companies and jobs to New Jersey.

?The world?s premier aviation research and development, and test and evaluation facility for the Next Generation Air Transportation System is located right here in Atlantic County, and we need to take full advantage of it,? Amodeo said. ?The state needs a specialized group of people focused solely on getting aviation companies to locate right here.?

?The FAA staked the very future of the NextGen system at the Tech Center. New Jersey has to see their bet with an all out effort to bring new businesses and jobs to this state,? Polistina said.

In a letter to Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, who heads the Administration?s economic development efforts, Amodeo and Polistina voiced concerns that other states, like Virginia, are being very aggressive in trying to lure aviation companies. To meet that challenge, Amodeo and Polistina proposed that ?the Administration create a special team solely dedicated to marketing New Jersey to NextGen and aviation technology companies.?

?When you look at the Economic Development Authority?s website or annual report, you won?t see an emphasis on aviation,? Amodeo said. ?The EDA tries to attract high-tech companies in general, but the NextGen project ? a complete overhaul of the air traffic control system – warrants special treatment. It deserves a team who will live, eat, sleep, and breathe aviation jobs.?

?We need to make the most of this opportunity,? Polistina said. ?The FAA has put the Tech Center in the lead for the research. We have the Aviation Research and Technology Park. What we need is outreach, marketing, and laser focus to sell NextGen and aviation companies on the fact that New Jersey is the best place to do business.?

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