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Top economic developer to lead Alabama Paris Air Show mission

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield is leading an Alabama delegation to next week’s 2015 Paris Air Show as part of a strategic, team-focused effort to build on the state’s increasingly prominent position in the global aerospace and aviation sector.

The Alabama team arrives at the industry’s most important business-development and trade show just days before major components for the first Alabama-made Airbus passenger jet arrive in Mobile by cargo ship. Aircraft assembly at the new $600 million Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Alabama is expected to begin in a few weeks.

At the air show, Secretary Canfield will direct a small Commerce team that will join representatives of municipalities, economic development organizations, universities and companies from across Alabama to advance statewide efforts to secure new aerospace expansion and investment opportunities.

Beginning Monday, the Commerce team will maintain an aggressive schedule of face-to-face meetings with industry decision-makers at the Le Bourget, the famed airport in northern France that’s hosting the 51st installment of the event. Individual groups and organizations from Alabama have structured their own meeting schedules.

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