This week, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez highlighted her aerospace and aviation mission to the United Kingdom for the Farnborough International Airshow, which took place from July 16—20.
During the mission, organized in conjunction with Enterprise Florida, Inc., Nuñez met with several corporate executive officials to discuss various economic issues and promote future opportunities for collaboration between Florida and the aerospace and aviation industry. Nuñez’s presence at Farnborough this year supported growth in Florida jobs and cemented Florida’s brand as the premier location for Aviation and Aerospace.
“Florida’s Aviation and Aerospace Industry is significant and growing,” said Nuñez. “There are approximately 106,000 Floridians employed across nearly 2,500 aviation and aerospace establishments. I am proud of our delegation consisting of 20 Florida manufacturing companies and partners, as we were one of the largest American state pavilions at the show. As chair of the board of Space Florida, I continue to look forward to supporting the growth in our flourishing Space Industry. Private sector investment in the area and the rise of reusable rockets now give Florida a competitive advantage in developing our space value chain. Florida represents the very best of America’s past, present and future as our economy continues to take flight.”
The delegation consisted of 20 Florida manufacturing companies and partners including:
Advanced Composite Structures
Aerospace Technologies Group
Aerostar Training Services, LLC
Central Florida Development Council
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Future Metals, LLC
LOOS & Co. Inc.
Paradigm Parachute and Defense
Florida Power and Light
Red 6 Defense Systems
TIC Aerospace, Inc.
Nuñez met with the following aerospace companies to discuss strategic opportunities for growth and expansion within the state:
United Launch Alliance
General Electric Aviation
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Trustees
Canadian Aviation Electronics
Leonardo Diagnostic Retrieval Systems
For more than two decades, Enterprise Florida has hosted a Florida Pavilion at the Farnborough Airshow. The airshow serves as the point of entry for many businesses looking to build, expand, or relocate their business operations to Florida. The work at Farnborough has been instrumental in making Florida the number one state for MRO operations in the U.S., with this activity generating $1.5 billion in GDP annually.
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