A delegation of Jacksonville business leaders, including representatives from the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, its economic development arm, Cornerstone Regional Development Partnership, and the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA), showcased Northeast Florida at the 49th International Paris Air Show, promoting future job growth and business development in the region.
A team of eight business leaders, including Chamber Chair Hugh Greene, Chair-elect Tom Van Berkel and Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Steve Grossman, met with 16 prospective companies and four new companies looking at Northeast Florida.
The industries included a combination of aircraft manufacturing, aviation components manufacturing, and maintenance repair and overhaul. As a result of continuously marketing Northeast Florida to the aviation industry, several companies placed this region on their short-list for consideration. The air show allows area leaders to have meetings with companies that would not otherwise be possible in the United States.
The air show attracted more than 200,000 attendees this year. A number of participants viewed the Jacksonville and Florida trade show displays and visited with team representatives. More than 20,000 people are currently employed in the aviation and aerospace industry sectors in the Northeast Florida region.
This is another example of the great ways the Chamber is getting the story of Jacksonville out to an international audience!