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Community leaders to meet with global companies

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A delegation of Jacksonville civic and business leaders will utilize the 2012 Farnborough International Air Show in England to engage directly with more than 12 global aviation and aerospace companies, as well as many United Kingdom-based companies, to pitch these multi-national organizations on establishing operations in Northeast Florida. 

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, JAX Chamber Chair Tom Van Berkel and Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) CEO Steve Grossman will lead this economic development initiative.

“It is critical that our mayor, JAA leadership and JAXUSA Partnership work in tandem to show that Cecil Airport, as well as other locations throughout our region, are among the best in the world for growth of aviation and aerospace companies,” said JAX Chamber Chair Tom Van Berkel, who is also chairman and CEO of The Main Street America Group. 

The Farnborough Air Show, which will be held July 9-15 at an airfield outside of London, is the second largest air show in the world and brings together virtually every major aviation parts and aircraft manufacturer and supplier in the world.  With Cecil Airport as the primary target for development, the Jacksonville delegation will meet with many of the companies represented at the event to develop job growth opportunities for Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.

“The Farnborough Air Show provides us with the best forum to conduct meetings with key international prospects than any other event during the year,” said Jerry Mallot, president of JAXUSA Partnership, a division of the JAX Chamber.

“Cecil Airport offers the largest aviation industrial site in Florida and one of the longest runways in the country,” said Steve Grossman, CEO of JAA. “The availability and opportunity for development is very strong, and the Farnborough Air Show is the most engaging environment in which to market our opportunities.” 


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