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Farnborough Air Show

At Farnborough, Alabama cities connect with aerospace contacts

LONDON, England – Matt Parker, president of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, scurried down a crowded corridor in one of the pavilions at the Farnborough International Airshow for a scheduled meeting during the aerospace industry global trade event.

Like many in the Alabama delegation at the air show, Parker had a full dance card during the event, which draws decision-makers from thousands of aerospace companies from around the world and often sets the stage for negotiations that lead to deals.

“Farnborough is a good show for us because we have such a diverse aerospace/aviation base in Alabama and in our area,” he said.

Parker was at Farnborough accompanied by a team of economic developers and city leaders from the Wiregrass area (Southeast Alabama) that has taken aim at expanding the region’s aerospace cluster, which is centered around Fort Rucker, the primary training center for U.S. Army helicopter pilots.

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