This trade mission is about jobs for Washingtonians. It’s about opening new doors to ensure a strong economic recovery that provides new work opportunities for our citizens – whether that’s in aerospace, green energy or education.
The International Paris Air Show is the premier and largest worldwide event dedicated to aerospace. With access to tens of thousands of visitors and journalists – and recognizing other states will be selling their aerospace products – a Washington state presence is critical to supporting our goal of marketing Washington state as one of the World’s most important global centers for aerospace. Our task is to let the world know we have the best, and get out there and sell it.
Washington’s aerospace industry is more than Boeing. We are home to nearly 84,000 workers and 650 companies that make up an aerospace supply chain with strong potential to grow and expand in Washington state – creating more jobs for Washington workers.
Our highly-skilled and experienced aerospace workforce is a winning competitive advantage for Washington State and keeps growing stronger every year thanks to a comprehensive training system that directly links global industry demand and new technologies with innovative education partnerships, targeted training and joint apprenticeship programs.
We have untapped opportunities in Germany to expand our presence in the life sciences, aerospace and automotive sectors. Our companies, people and products are highly competitive in key areas of demand for these industries. This visit will showcase them and reinforce Washington’s strengths as a global center for technology innovation.
State government can and does provide support to significantly assist private sector job growth. This is yet another strategy the state is using to ensure our business owners and educational institutions succeed and create jobs. Business owners know this mission will help them launch or expand trading and investment relationships and cultural ties that the State of Washington has worked for decades to cultivate.
Announcing $3 million to support aerospace training
Did you know?
Washington state is home to 650 aerospace companies, which employ nearly 84,000 Washington aerospace employees.
Washington state's aerospace industry generated $41 Billion in gross income in 2010, and contributed $135.5 million in state tax revenue.
This is Gov. Gregoire’s second visit to the Paris Air Show. In 2005, Gov. Gregoire led a similar delegation to Paris, where Washington reported $12.2 million in export sales, and six new aerospace investments in our state from Europe.
Gov. Gregoire's 2010 trade mission to Asia resulted in $10 million in immediate new sales and investments.
Washington state has untapped opportunities in Germany to expand our presence in the life sciences, aerospace and automotive sectors. Our companies, people and products are highly competitive in key areas of demand for these industries.
Washington’s business climate is consistently rated among the top tier states for business. We’re ranked by Forbes in the top five states to do business, we were recently ranked No. 2 in the New Economy Index, and we were just named by Jim Cramer as the fifth best state for small business.