The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is
stepping into the battle over the F-35 fighter jet.
The statewide business group is
starting a petition drive in support of bringing the new jets to Vermont.
The Vermont Air Guard was named as a
preferred site for one of the first deployments of the stealth fighters. The
Air Force is collecting final environmental impact data before issuing a final
Some neighbors of the Burlington
airport are concerned about noise from the jets, and anti-military activists
are lobbying against the planes.
But the Chamber says landing the F-35
is important to securing the future of the air guard base and the tens of
millions of dollars in direct and indirect economic benefits it generates for
"Not only the
retention of 1,100 personnel and the relating $53 million payroll, but we're
also trying to highlight, assuming a full build-out according to Lockheed
Martin, there are additional jobs and additional payroll associated with
that," said Chris Carrigan of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber is accepting
signatures for the petition until the end of August.
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