Aerospace in Arkansas

Factoid of the week: Products in aerospace are Arkansas’ No. 1 export. And Arkansas is ranked No. 11 in the country in aerospace exports.

So the aerospace industry is one of the state’s crown jewels, and Arkansas economic developers are working to make sure it stays nice and shiny. To that end, they’ve targeted the industry as one to pay careful attention to. Aerospace is going to need to fill 5,000 new jobs in Arkansas in the next 10 years, and state government wants to cultivate workers who are educated and ready to fill those posts.

I checked out the Arkansas Aerospace Summit for ArkansasBusiness.com today. Gov. Mike Beebe, U.S. Rep. Vic Synder and U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (appearing via Webcast from northwest Arkansas), all made appearances. Representatives from the state’s aerospace industry were there too, all gathered at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bailey Center, to start planning ways to grow aerospace in Arkansas.

We’ve got coverage here, including video of remarks from Beebe and Bob East, a member of the Little Rock Airport Commission.

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