For Immediate Release

March 21, 2005
Contact: Holly Baker
Phone: (609)485-6253

Congressmen LoBiondo and Weldon to Kick Off First Session

EGG HARBOR TWP., N.J. — The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center will host the first Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow (SMART) aviation subgroup working meeting, at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23, in the Technical Center's Central Viewing Area. U.S. Representatives Frank A. LoBiondo (R-2 nd/NJ) and Curt Weldon (R-7 th/PA) will give opening remarks to the group, at 8:45 a.m.

The new aviation subgroup was created to share technologies and explore new ways to bring more aviation-related technologies and activities to the Mid-Atlantic Region. The subgroup is working in conjunction with an overall SMART effort to position the Mid-Atlantic Region as a strong, growing national center of high technology. Leading officials from regional industries, academia and government agencies will participate in the meeting.