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“I’m not sure if you are stupid or brilliant!”
Those were the words of Charles McFall, President and CEO of the Anderson, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Resource Development Group’s first client in June of 1996.
A group of economic development specialists, airport leaders, and government officials from Birmingham attended the 2023 Paris Air Show to promote the city's aerospace industry potential. Team BHM, which included Steve Ammons, president and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance, highlighted initiatives at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport and the local region's strategic location within a major aerospace cluster. The team aimed to build long-term relationships to recruit significant aerospace projects to the Greater Birmingham Region.
Southeast Gas represented Andalusia at the Paris Air Show 2023, aiming to grow the aerospace industry in Southeast Alabama. CEO Greg Henderson highlighted the region's historic connection to aerospace since 1910 and aimed to build on existing momentum. The region, with a high concentration of aviation-related jobs, was promoted by an 11-county consortium, Grow Southeast Alabama, and The Aerospace Alliance. (Brenda Tuck, Rural Development Manager at the Alabama Department of Commerce)