By Barbara Hoberock
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Mary Fallin next week will lead a delegation to the Paris Air Show, where more than 55 companies with an Oklahoma presence will exhibit.
“My No. 1 priority as governor is to bring good, high-paying and sustainable jobs to Oklahoma,” the governor 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.”
Fallin is expected to leave Oklahoma on June 14 and return June 19.
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the Tulsa Regional Chamber and the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce will be part of the Oklahoma delegation, along with Science and Technology Secretary Stephen McKeever.
Oklahoma companies that will be part of the delegation include Enviro Systems Inc. of Seminole; Pro-Fab Inc. of Oklahoma City; SpectrumFX Inc. of Tulsa; Janeway Machine Inc. of Sapulpa; Design Intelligence Inc. of Norman; Choctaw Defense of McAlester; and Vertical Aerospace of Bristow.
To retain and recruit jobs in the industry, the state needs a strong presence at the air show, Fallin said.
The Oklahoma Business Roundtable will provide partial funding for the delegation.
The Oklahoma Business Roundtable provides funding to support economic development efforts of the governor, lieutenant governor and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
Alex Weintz, a spokesman for the governor, said the cost to the state will not be known until the trip is completed.
Fallin led a state delegation to the Farnborough International Air Show in England last year. Farnborough and the Paris Air Show, which are held in alternate years, are considered the two most important events of their kind in the world.
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