City of Reno Mayor Schieve's State of the City Address was an extraordinary success for the future of aviation on Thursday, January 26.
Held at Atlantic Aviation, the Address gathered the area's business, community, and civic leaders to showcase the accomplishments during the 2016 calendar year. The location couldn't have been any better. The growth of both commercial and general aviation was a key factor in the event being held in Atlantic's hangar, plus it may have been the only location on airport property which could handle over 600 attendees.
The event provided an opportunity to emphasize the importance of aviation, not just its economic impact, but workforce development possibilities. To illustrate future career potential, we hosted our initial "Pathways Day" event just prior to the Address.
Students from the Galena High School Aeronautical Engineering program assembled at Atlantic Aviation for a two-hour educational experience. The group of 26 students took a tour of Atlantic Aviation, then participated in a presentation made by Atlantic's General Manager, Patrick Wink. Not only did they learn about general aviation, they shared their career interests with Patrick, who shared keen insight into what they can expect as they navigate to college or directly to the workforce.
The students stayed for the State of the City Address, where they served as greeters and ushers for the large crowd. It was an opportunity to practice the networking tips they learned just prior to the event.
When the students learned about our new Nevada Aviation Careers Initiative, 16 of them signed up for the program, which launches in February. They will come out of the three-month program with career planning best practices, job search and interviewing tips, and college and career mentoring.
All in all the State of the City Address was a big hit for Pathways to Aviation. Many thanks go to Mayor Schieve and the Reno City Council, the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, and Atlantic Aviation.
Enjoy a small group of photos taken during the Galena HS experience.