Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Boeing Hangar Announcement at Kelly Air Force Base

*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Wednesday, November 21, 2001  •  Speech

Thank you Glenn.  Mayor Garza, Senators Wentworth and Van de Putte, Boeing executives Jerry Daniels and David Spong, members of the Greater Kelly Development Authority, my fellow Texans- it is my honor to be with you this morning.

Today we celebrate the continued growth of one of the world’s premiere companies – the Boeing Company – in one of the nation’s premiere cities – San Antonio, Texas.

This new 124,000 square foot hangar means 300 new jobs, strengthens San Antonio's place as a world leader in defense and aerospace technology, and represents another milestone in the successful redevelopment of Kelly Air Force Base.

When you consider that Boeing recently announced it will add 500 new jobs in Houston, it is clear that Texas has never been a greater part of Boeing’s vision for the future than now. 

As an old C-130 pilot myself – or as President Bush likes to call me, “an old trash hauler” – it does my heart a lot of good to know that big bird will be in the hands of the aircraft technicians right here at Kelly.

And maybe, on a slow day at the office, I will sneak on down here and give your new, state of the art avionics a whirl.  Just don’t make them too fast, we might make those fighter pilots a little jealous. 

This new hangar represents not only Boeing’s commitment to excellence in aviation, but the state of Texas’ commitment to ensuring the opportunities of the future are generated right here at home.

When Boeing floated this concept to the state, the Texas Department of Development, led by Jeff Moseley, delivered $2 million to help make this concept a reality. 

Working with state leaders, city officials, and the folks at the Greater Kelley Development Authority, the Boeing Company found friendly allies in their efforts to make Texas the home of their maintenance, repair and overhaul Center for Excellence.

The jobs of the future will be filled by individuals prepared for the future. 

As long as I am your governor, I will continue to advocate that Texas colleges and universities expand opportunities in engineering and computer science. 

That’s why I proposed a new math initiative for public school students who must be proficient in math to participate in the new, technology economy.

The Texas workforce must be the best educated, best prepared and most agile group of workers in the nation.  If we educate our citizens, and prepare them for the future, Texas will be a haven of opportunity and the engine of economic growth long into the future.

Let’s keep our eyes on the future by investing in the jobs of tomorrow, today.  Thank you for inviting me to this celebration, and thank you for investing in Texas.

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