Wrapping up activities in London at the Farnborough Air Show for the week, a Mobile Bay Aerospace Reception was hosted by nine partners in Baldwin and Mobile County for nearly 175 aerospace executives from around the world.

Allan McArtor, chairman & CEO of Airbus Group, gave remarks on behalf of his company, along with Roger Wehner with the Mobile Airport Authority and Lee Lawson with Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance. The bi-annual event attracted influential aerospace sector employees from places such as Airbus, Thales Group, Lockheed Martin, KLX Aerospace, Segers Aerospace and many others.

fDi magazine listed Mobile as one of its aerospace "Cities of the Future" for 2016-17.

fDi magazine listed Mobile as one of its aerospace “Cities of the Future” for 2016-17.

Additionally on Wednesday, local South Alabama delegates Bill Sisson, Mobile Chamber President, George Talbot from the mayor’s office and Leigh-Perry Herndon, vice-president of communications and marketing for the Mobile Chamber, met with Courtney Fingar, an Alabama native, who is editor-in-chief for Foreign Direct Investment (fDi) Magazine in London. The delegation thanked the magazine for the coverage.

Fingar can trace her Alabama roots back Tuscaloosa, earning a BA in journalism from the University of Alabama, going on to also pick up an MSc in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) prior to moving on to a noteworthy career in business journalism.

Among the topics discussed was Mobile’s significant foreign direct investment. The June/July issue of fDi Magazine includes coverage on Mobile, having been named one of their eight “Cities of the Future” for 2016-17. In the article, the writer mentions Airbus in the U.S., The University of South Alabama, Alabama State Port Authority and Brookley Aeroplex.

On a final note, Airbus USA’s manufacturing facility in Mobile is currently looking to fill a buyer position and two manufacturing Engineer positions. Go to www.aidt.edu/jobs to see a full job description and list of qualifications for each position.