District 2 News

8/9/2017Growing Aerospace Opportunities

As a board member for the Kitsap Aerospace and Defense Alliance (KADA), Commissioner Garrido promotes good, well-paying jobs for Kitsap residents by encouraging aerospace and defense firms to Kitsap County. In June, Commissioner Garrido travelled to the Paris Air Show in France, along with three other KADA representatives, to market Kitsap County as an employment center for aerospace and defense companies. Kitsap's skilled workforce, close proximity to military bases and other manufacturing companies and available land are strong selling points for companies seeking to relocate or expand. A delegation of 63 participants representing Washington state aviation business interests and elected officials joined 2,300 exhibitors from 48 countries in Le Bourget, France for the event, which is the world's largest air show.

Prior to the Air Show, some of the group also travelled to Toulouse, in Southern France, as part of the Pre-Show Business Meeting, to meet with members of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, tour the Airbus assembly plant, and participate in panel discussions and forums about challenges to the aerospace industry.