Maine Aviation Business Association
The Maine Aviation Business Association (MABA) was founded in March 2013 at Brunswick Executive Airport to promote Maine airports as vital economic engines for the State and their host communities; foster the growth of aviation related businesses throughout the state of Maine; showcase Maine’s aviation assets to the global community; utilize the state’s airport system to create and enhance business opportunities on and off airports; and to educate the general public about the important role of aviation to Maine’s economy.
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Why MABA? The State of Maine has about 75 public-use airports and seaplane bases. Each of these facilities has the potential to create jobs and spur economic growth. According to a 2012 Federal Aviation Study, general aviation in the United States contributed $38.8 billion in economic output in 2009. Factoring in manufacturing and visitor expenditures, general aviation alone accounted for an economic contribution of $76.5 billion. In short, the potential economic impact of having an airport in a community is significant.
- Barry Valentine, President
- Steve Levesque, Vice President
- Earle Harvey, Treasurer
- Marty McMahon, Executive Director
In addition to its significant airport assets, Maine has numerous resources that are key factors to supporting economic growth, including a talented and dedicated workforce, state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities, an established and flexible educational system, and a thriving and diverse tourism industry. We believe that, by working together, we can utilize Maine’s resources and its diverse airport network to stimulate economic growth in the state.
To achieve that goal, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority has helped launch the Maine Aviation Business Association (MABA). MABA is a non-profit organization comprised of airport executives, aviation-related businesses, policy makers, and airport supporters. We welcome new members from Maine’s airport community.
Our mission: MABA’s objectives will be to promote Maine airports as vital economic engines for the State and their host communities; foster the growth of aviation-related businesses throughout Maine; showcase Maine’s aviation assets to the global community; utilize the state’s airport system to create and enhance business opportunities on and off airports; and to educate the general public about the important role of aviation to Maine’s economy.
Why participate? Participation in MABA will have numerous benefits, including representation at major industry events, networking opportunities with other MABA members, and access to a member directory. Our goal is to create an organization that will be a powerful advocate for the advancement of aviation interests in the state.