It’s no wonder that Alabama has sent a top-level economic development team to the major air shows in Europe for many years. The annual trips to aerospace trade events Paris and London have set the stage for growth in an industry important to the state’s future.
The Paris Air Show, which begins this week, and its alternating sibling, the Farnborough International Airshow, offer Alabama’s team an unmatched opportunity to develop and build relationships with key industry figures.
In some cases, air show discussions have led directly to projects that have created jobs in Alabama.
Over the years, Alabama’s team has engaged in scores of private meetings with industry decision-makers in Paris and Farnborough. With Governor Kay Ivey leading the team in Paris, this year will be no different.