During a breakfast meeting this morning, Governor Bentley told members of the Alabama group present in London for the Farnborough Airshow that he would not be “outworked” at the aerospace industry’s key trade event. Expanding the state’s aerospace industry is a key goal in his Accelerate Alabama strategic growth plan.
“We are all going to work hard and show the world that Alabama is the place to come and do business,” he said.
At the Aerospace Alliance event, Governor Bentley and Hammett also spoke with U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, who joined his Alabama colleague Senator Jeff Sessions in England for the air show.
Other officials from Alabama attended the event. Bill Sisson, executive director of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, spoke with Jim Losse, vice president and general manager for advanced materials at aerospace giant General Dynamics.
Also attending were a team from the University of Alabama comprised of Jo Bonner, vice chancellor for government relations and economic development; Chuck Karr, dean of the university’s College of Engineering; Carl Pinkert, vice president for research; and Sam Addy, director of the university’s Center for Business and Economic Research.
The Aerospace Alliance was created to establish the Gulf Coast region into a prime aerospace cluster. Members are Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida.