Mayor Sandy Stimpson is going to Hamburg, Germany to participate in an international aerospace forum and job recruiting trip just a few weeks after taking over the city’s top job.
Stimpson left Dec. 1 and will join local and state business leaders at the Aviation Forum 2013. Stimpson will also be one of the featured speakers before an audience of global aerospace experts and company executives.
The mayor will tour the Airbus production facility in Hamburg and meet with the company’s top European executives for an update on its progress in Mobile, where Airbus is constructing its first U.S. assembly plant. Stimpson will participate in individual meetings with Airbus supplier companies to discuss with them the advantages of doing business in Mobile.
While waiting to leave from Mobile Regional Airport Sunday, Stimpson said the trip could result in more business and jobs for the city.
“This is an incredible opportunity to showcase Mobile on the international stage before many Airbus partners and suppliers,” he said. “Our mission is to make them aware of what we have available in our region and recruit these jobs to Mobile.”
George Talbot, director of communications and external affairs, will also go for the city.
Others scheduled to participate include Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl as well as officials from the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mobile Airport Authority, the Alabama State Docks, Alabama Power Co. and the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance.
Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield will lead a delegation of state officials to the conference in Hamburg.
Stimpson will return Dec. 5. He is scheduled to tour the Airbus Hamburg plant on Dec. 3 and speak to the forum on Dec. 4.