Gov. Mary Fallin will lead a delegation of aerospace companies and economic development agencies to participate in next week's Paris Air Show.
The 50th Annual Paris Air Show, Monday through June 23, is expected to attract more than 200,000 visitors and feature more than 2,100 exhibitors representing 45 countries.
Two years ago, Fallin was criticized about the cost of sending four state officials to the air show, which is held every other year.
Records showed that the state paid for $400-a-night rooms at a luxury Paris hotel, $188 daily meal per diems and more than $3,000 in airfare. Fallin didn't attend the show in 2011 but defended Oklahoma's participation.
Several private Oklahoma-based aerospace companies, along with a delegation from the chambers of commerce in Ardmore and Oklahoma City, also participated in the 2011 show and reimbursed the state for nearly half the $154,000 total cost.
This year, more than 55 companies with a presence in Oklahoma will exhibit at the show. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the Tulsa Regional Chamber and the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce all will be represented in the Oklahoma delegation.
At last year's Farnborough International Air Show in England, Fallin announced that Belgium-based ASCO was opening a new $60 million facility in Stillwater. The facility is expected to create at least 250 jobs.
Fallin said the presence of a state delegation at the show was an important tool for job creation.
“My No. 1 priority as governor is to bring good, high-paying and sustainable jobs to Oklahoma,” she said.
“The aerospace industry is an invaluable partner in that effort. There are more than 143,000 Oklahomans working in aerospace-related jobs, most of which pay significantly more than the average salary.”
My No. 1 priority as governor is to bring good, high-paying and sustainable jobs to Oklahoma. The aerospace industry is an invaluable partner in that effort. There are more than 143,000 Oklahomans working in aerospace-related jobs, most of which pay significantly more than the average salary.”
Gov. Mary Fallin,