Location: Paris
Dates: June 16-21, 2013
Attendance: 79


Governor Rick Scott led a delegation of nearly 80 Florida-based aviation, aerospace and defense companies, state leaders, educational institutions, and economic developers to the 50th International Paris Air Show. The air show is the largest worldwide exhibition featuring the aviation, aerospace and defense sectors. The Governor’s business development mission provided Florida with a unique opportunity to demonstrate its competitive advantages in aviation and aerospace. The business development intensive trip gave Governor Scott the ability to meet face-to-face with leading CEOs in the aviation and aerospace sectors in one location – something that cannot be done anywhere else in the world. Over two-and-a-half days, Governor Scott and Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope met with more than 60 leading aerospace and aviation companies to recruit new high-wage jobs and foreign direct investment to the state.

In addition to the business development meetings, Enterprise Florida hosted a pavilion showcasing 16 Florida companies and organizations that marketed their products and services to a top-level international audience. The pavilion allowed small and mid-sized Florida companies to cost-effectively exhibit their products at the show.

During the mission, Governor Scott announced a number of significant projects for the state including: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s partnership with Diamond Aircraft Industries to establish the company’s manufacturing presence at the Daytona Beach campus; Vision Systems, a Lyon, France-based tier one supplier for the aeronautics, marine and, automotive industries, will open its first-ever U.S. subsidiary on the Space Coast; and ATR North America’s will relocate its American headquarters to Miami Springs.

Business Development Results:

  • Total trade leads: 353
  • Total meetings with top companies’ executives with the potential for corporate expansion in Florida: More than 60
  • New Jobs & Capital Investment Announced: 80 new jobs and more than $1.3 million in capital investment
  • Total cost of the mission: Approximately $330,000 and is expected to generate over $172 million in sales for Florida, resulting in a return of $521 for every $1 spent

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