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Scott soon to be wheels up for Paris air show

by John Kennedy | June 13th, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott is heading to Paris next week on another trade mission — this one pegged to the 50th International Paris Air Show.

Scott is back only a few weeks from a mission to Chile. And he’s been stepping-up his efforts to bring more jobs to Florida by sending letters to hundreds of business leaders in Connecticut, Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland and California urging they relocate their companies to the Sunshine State — a move one business leader tarred as “pretty blatant.”

The Paris Air Show is considered one of the world’s leading aviation and aerospace trade fair. The last air show held in 2011 attracted more than 350,000 attendees.

While there, Scott said he and Florida Commerce Secretary Gray Swope plan to meet with representatives of 40 leading aerospace and aviation companies. Florida is fourth in the nation in the number of aviation and aerospace employees.

Scott last year attended a major international air show held in Great Britain. The governor is scheduled to leave Sunday and be in Paris through Thursday.


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