LITTLE ROCK, AR (Arkansas Money & Politics) - On July 12, Gov. Mike Beebe will catch the connections necessary to get from Arkansas to Europe as he leads a trade delegation to the Farnborough International Airshow, one of the world’s largest aviation trade shows. Beebe hopes to establish the relationships necessary to draw more aerospace manufacturers, suppliers and allied industries to the state.
Beebe, who went to France in 2009 before Dassault Falcon Jet announced its Little Rock expansion, hopes this trip will look after both the short- and long-term goals of developing the state’s aerospace sector.
“Part of [my purpose] is to let potential manufacturers or distributors know we have a strong aerospace contingent in Arkansas, a workforce and the ability to train a workforce, in an area that already has a proven track record,” said Beebe, who is term limited and will leave office in January. “But it’s also to reinforce the existing businesses here.”
In a recent article on Dassault Falcon Jet, Arkansas Money & Politics reports that aerospace is Arkansas’ biggest export to the world.
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