TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - kansas officials are ready to sell the state's aviation industry oversees.
Gov. Sam Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George will lead a delegation to the Farnborough International Airshow July 9th to 15th in England. Representatives of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition and several Kansas-based aviation businesses also will attend.
Browback says the goal is to help Kansas companies increase their exposure to international markets.
“Our top priority is to promote the state’s improved business climate to companies looking to relocate or expand operations,” Brownback said. “With our strong economic development tools, highly skilled workforce and revamped tax code, we can provide the right environment for companies to expand in Kansas.”
Aircraft manufacturing makes up more than 18 percent of the state's exports, worth $2.12 billion.
More than 40 percent of the world’s general aviation production occurs in Kansas. More than 30,000 workers are employed in aviation manufacturing in Kansas, and the state is home to more than 200 suppliers to the industry.