Governor Martin O'Malley will depart tomorrow for a trade and investment mission to Paris, France and Ireland as part of a continuing strategy to strengthen economic ties, help Maryland businesses market themselves to international customers, and promote the State of Maryland to businesses abroad in an ever-changing 21st century global economy.
In Paris, the Governor will be joined by Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) Secretary Dominick E. Murray and a delegation of Maryland companies at the world's largest aerospace industry event, the International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport. The show,--celebrating its 50th anniversary this year--kicks off June 17 and runs through June 23. Maryland will have a 60 square-meter booth that will include room for participating Maryland companies. In addition to numerous meetings with aerospace giants like Lockheed Martin, BAE and Thales, Governor O'Malley will attend a reception hosted by the U.S. Ambassador to France Charles Rivkin and witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with France's Calais region. Click herefor the Governor's Paris public itinerary.
"The aerospace and defense sectors are enormously important to Maryland -- we have 15 of America's top 20 aerospace companies and 70 of the top 100 defense contractors in Maryland and these sectors support more than 140,000 direct jobs here," Governor O'Malley said. "The Paris Air Show is truly a unique opportunity to help our Maryland companies explore new opportunities for investment and trade, and to encourage leaders from many of the world's largest aerospace companies to choose Maryland as the ideal place to establish operations."
At the Paris Air Show, Maryland companies exhibiting include: SURVICE Engineering in Belcamp; Sullivan Products in Baltimore City; Gould Technology in Millersville; Marine Air Supply in Frederick; Temple Allen in Rockville; Man & Machine in Landover; and Industrial Machine Tool in Galena. A number of the companies received a $10,000 ExportMD grant from DBED to help offset the cost of the show.
"I am proud to join Governor O'Malley and the Maryland delegation on this mission. The Paris Air show is an important event that provides great opportunities for companies like mine to showcase our new product -- an enhanced version of the Nikon coherent laser radar (CLR) inspection technology in support of an Air Force research grant," said Jeff Foulk, CEO of SURVICE Engineering in Belcamp. "It will also grow our international sales and services by providing increased exposure at one of the largest aerospace events of the year."
"The Paris Air show provides Gould with a platform to showcase its solutions for our customers and potential customers," Gould Technology General Manager Dr. Saeed Pilevar stated. "Our participation in the show puts us in front of the decision makers and allows us to highlight our advantages in capacity, reliability, performance, and flexibility."
"It is true that the digital age allows us to go from quote to delivery across the oceans without even picking up the phone, but there is still no substitution for meeting existing and perspective clients in person," said Sullivan Products President James Hudson. "With the proliferation of UAV systems throughout the world, the Paris Air Show represents the ideal stage for us to present our Power System products to an audience that we could not hope to reach as quickly or effectively any other way."
Maryland remains a leader in the aerospace and defense industries. In addition to its highly-skilled workforce and critical mass of companies, Maryland offers the benefit of close proximity to many federal agencies, like the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Security Agency, National Institutes of Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Patuxent River Naval Air Station and Aberdeen Proving Ground. NASA's second largest spending operation with some 12,000 scientists, engineers and support personnel is Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.
Maryland is also home to 15 of the top 20 aerospace companies in the U.S., including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems Division, BAE Systems, ARINC, and SAIC. In addition, the State has 70 of the top defense contractors, making it one of the world's most competitive and extensive aerospace and defense clusters.
The Governor will also travel to Ireland, where he will lead a delegation of Maryland business, education and tourism officials on a three-day mission to Dublin. The Governor will meet with Irish Prime Minister Edna Kenny while attending the 2013 Worldwide Ireland Funds Conference Gala Dinner. He will also address the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and host a roundtable with the Chamber's members, who are interested in Maryland's StateStat as a model for accountability and transparency, measuring progress, and delivering results. The Governor will also meet with the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, part of the University College Dublin, where he will talk about Maryland's Innovation Economy. Click here for the Governor's Ireland public itinerary.
"Maryland and Ireland share a common bond of investing in our innovation-driven economies and creating the jobs and opportunities of tomorrow in areas like biotech and renewable energy," said Governor O'Malley. "I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Kenny, who shares Maryland's strong commitment to education and workforce training, discussing StateStat as a model for performance management with the Dublin Chamber, and promoting Maryland as a great U.S. gateway for Irish companies."