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EDC Attends International Paris Air Show

Posted on Jul 26, 2013

The Department of Commerce's Choose Washington Booth at the Paris Air Show.
Grant County EDC Executive Director Jonathan Smith attended the International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France as a member of the Washington State Department of Commerce delegation.

The State delegation included over 50 people from across the state representing aerospace businesses, economic development groups, aerospace organizations, and educational groups. The State has been present at the last 14 International Paris Air Shows but this year was by far its largest presence.

With more than 2,000 exhibitors from 45 countries, 151,000 trade visitors, 3,200 journalists and 290 official delegations from 82 countries, the biennial show is a key point in the global aerospace industry's economic cycle.
Smith was able to meet with several companies that manufacture unmanned aerial vehicle systems as well as other companies in various sectors of the aerospace industry.

Three weeks after the show ended an international company considering an expansion into Washington State visited Grant County to learn more about the area and what advantages are available locally for aerospace manufacturers.

“To see an interest in Grant County is encouraging for future development of the aerospace sector here,” said Smith. “As Boeing continues to grow its operations that will lead to expansions for Boeing suppliers and we have the potential to see some of that work come here.”

Grant County EDC Executive Director Jonathan Smith attended the International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France as a member of the Washington State Department of Commerce delegation.