Governor Scott to Lead Delegation to the Paris Air Show

Business development mission provides opportunity to showcase Florida’s competitive advantages in aviation and aerospace

From June 16-21, 2013, Governor Rick Scott will lead a delegation of nearly 80 Florida-based aviation, aerospace and defense companies, educational institutions and economic development agencies to the 50th International Paris Air Show. The bi-annual Air Show is recognized as the world’s leading aviation and space industry event. It provides the state with a unique opportunity to demonstrate its competitive advantages in these key targeted markets.

Governor Scott said, “Florida is home to one of the nation’s largest aerospace and aviation industries – more than 2,000 companies – and has long been the world’s premier gateway to space. The Paris Air Show presents a unique opportunity for business and community leaders from our state to meet with the most influential aviation and aerospace companies in the world to expand opportunities in the Sunshine State. Florida’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in nearly five years, we’ve added more than 330,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010, and we continue to remove burdensome tax regulations for businesses. It’s working in Florida and leading these economic development trips helps us continue to create more opportunities for Florida families.”

Florida is home to more than 2,000 aerospace and aviation companies employing over 87,000 workers across the state. Governor Scott and Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope will dedicate their time meeting face-to-face with approximately 40 leading aerospace and aviation companies. These meetings will be use to promote job growth and business development in the Florida’s aviation and aerospace industries.

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“Competition for the expanding aviation and aerospace industry is growing on a global level,” said Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, who serves as president & CEO of Enterprise Florida. “There is no greater way to succeed in our economic development efforts than to participate in face-to-face meetings with the top executives from leading aviation and aerospace companies. Governor Scott is deeply committed to job creation and his involvement in the missions has been instrumental in growing business and industry in the state.”

In addition to the business development meetings, Enterprise Florida will also host the Florida Pavilion showcasing 16 small and mid-sized companies and organizations looking to market their products to a top-level international audience. This year the Pavilion is the largest of any state at the show and the one of the largest ever hosted by Enterprise Florida, showcasing companies that demonstrate the innovation and expertise that makes Florida an international leader in the sector.

The 16 Florida companies and organizations participating in the Florida Pavilion include:

From the panhandle to Palm Beach, Florida has experienced a number of recent triumphs in attracting jobs and investment from the aerospace and aviation industry, including:

International missions have been very successful for Florida, providing a notable return on the state’s investment into business development activities and long-range jobs-producing opportunities. Governor Scott led trade and business development missions to Panama, Canada, Brazil, Israel, Spain, United Kingdom, Colombia and Chile. In 2012, Governor Scott’s active and innovative approach to promoting international business won him an award as the top U.S. governor for foreign direct investment (FDI) strategy from London-based fDi Magazine.


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