Despite a rail strike in Paris and continuing rain, Day Two of the Air Show is launched. The Boeing Company announced a large number of sales on Day One, which is good news for Washington.
The newly-launched Pegasus Project is being discussed here at the Paris Air Show both with the 55 Washington aerospace companies and organizations here, as well as other Air Show attendees. I have also discussed the work underway at the Washington Aerospace Partnership on taking our state’s workforce development capability to a new level. Talks with representatives of Air Washington, a coalition of Washington education facilities dedicated to aerospace training and certification, here have brought home our state’s objective of becoming THE global center for aerospace worker training. The Washington State pavilion has a prominent location in the US pavilion here at the Air Show. Other US states and regions are also out in force here, which is a helpful reminder that all of us in Washington must work very proactively and diligently to maintain and grow our aerospace cluster in the years ahead, and keep our competitive edge in workforce and innovation. It is terrific to have so many smaller aerospace companies with Washington facilities here promoting their products.
Senior Adviser to the Governor, Project Pegasus Foster Pepper PLLC