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Miss. governor in Paris promoting aerospace industry

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Last year's air show in England is where Bryant made the connection that led to the recent opening of the G.E. Aviation facility in Ellisville, MS. Last year's air show in England is where Bryant made the connection that led to the recent opening of the G.E. Aviation facility in Ellisville, MS.
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(WMC-TV) - Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is on a tour of Paris but he is not touring museums or eating croissants. The governor is with three others attempting to lure large aerospace projects to the south.

They say "Bonjour" and we say "Hello". Americans may speak a different language than the French, but the language of economic development appears to be universal.

"You tell people about the infrastructure that we have in place, the energy legislation. We also have low operating costs, tremendous cost of living," said Jeff Rent, Mississippi Development Authority.

The governor is in Paris promoting the state's aerospace industries, which, according to the Mississippi Development Authority, has the potential to bring big revenue to the state.

Governor Bryant is with Alabama's governor. They are both part of the Aerospace Alliance at the Paris Air Show along with delegations from Florida and Louisiana. They are actively trying to bring companies to expand the Gulf Coast region.

Last year's air show in England is where Bryant made the connection that led to the recent opening of the G.E. Aviation facility in Ellisville, MS.

"We have a lot of people that are producing extremely technical equipment and operating at these factories right now. And they're discovering that our labor force is probably one of our greatest assets in the state right now," said Rent.

This year's schedule for the Paris Air Show is packed full of meetings with industry leaders.

In 2010, the state created a program that gives tax incentives to aerospace companies that decide to set up shop in Mississippi.

Universities and community colleges are also providing research that will be applied to the industry in the future.

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