LONDON, England — Governor Robert Bentley addressed a group of economic development leaders and city officials from around Alabama this morning at a London hotel, signifying the start of several intense days of business meetings and relationship-building networking at the Farnborough International Airshow meant to bring new aerospace investment and jobs home to the state.
Governor Bentley, who arrived in England just minutes before his appearance at a breakfast meeting at the Park Place Westminster Bridge hotel, told the group that he planned to lead an effort to show aerospace industry leaders that “Alabama is the place to come and do business.”
“We’re here to recruit jobs for the state,” he said. “That’s the only reason we’re here.”
Governor Bentley, who is leading a small state working group that includes Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, will be involved in more than 20 meetings over three days at the air show with executives from companies that have operations in the state and others that do not. (Read an article about Team Alabama’s objectives.)