The Hartford Region has a long tradition of cutting-edge aerospace and manufacturing. Now, it’s time to tell this story to the world.
MetroHartford Alliance President and CEO David Griggs and Chief Business Investment Officer Gene Goddard traveled to the Paris Air Show last week to represent the Hartford Region’s aerospace sector, learn more about world markets, and attract businesses to our state. Touted as the aviation and space industry’s largest dedicated show, the biannual event brings thousands of international exhibitors and trade visitors to one location to learn about the latest developments in aircraft and aviation.
“The Paris Air Show was an excellent opportunity for the Alliance to meet and support our regional manufacturers,” explains Griggs. “In a three-day span, we connected with dozens of aerospace companies.”
“Our presence at the Paris Air Show helped us learn about our competition. We can meet with regional original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to identify opportunities where they can locate their supply chains in Connecticut, closer to their operations,” says Goddard.
“We were in Paris to tell our story and share our message on an international scale. The world knows Hartford as The Insurance Capital. We are also an aerospace hub and we want to be sure the world knows about it,” emphasizes Griggs.
“We shouldn’t allow United Technologies’ recent decision to relocate the company’s headquarters outside of Connecticut to affect our morale,” stressed Griggs.
Hartford has decades of innovation in the aerospace industry, with well-known, leading companies including Pratt & Whitney, Barnes Aerospace, and Kaman Corp.
“Hartford is home to talent and innovation that drives this industry,” he added. “We were at the Paris Air Show supporting our region’s aerospace manufacturers. We were there to ensure the world knows about the talent and opportunities in Hartford.”