"The Triad group is comprised of Dan Lynch, president of the Greensboro Economic Development Alliance; Henry Isaacson, chairman of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority; Kevin Baker, executive director of the Piedmont Triad International Airport; Kip Blakely, TIMCO Aviation Services Inc.'s vice president of industry and government relations; and Steve Googe, executive director of the Davidson County Economic Development Commission.
Lynch said four organizations — his group, PTI, the Piedmont Triad Partnership and Davidson County — pitched in a total of $7,500 to be part of the North Carolina state pavilion at the air show. The group will use the space to promote the Triad as an ideal location for aerospace companies to set up operations."
Hope they have their expense reports in order because a public records request is in their coffers once they get back from this endeavor.
Looking at the participants in this air show let's check out the North Carolina Pavilion
|AEROSPHERE AVIATION SERVICES, INC.|
|C.R. ONSRUD, INC.|
|GREENSBORO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE|
|IMET ALLOYS: SUPERALLOY & TITANIUM MATERIALS MANAGEMENT|
|LIQUIP INTERNATIONAL-BETA SYSTEMS DIVISION|
|MONROE- UNION COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT|
|NLA DIAGNOSTICS LLC|
|North Carolina Department of Commerce|
|NORTH CAROLINA GLOBAL TRANSPARK|
|NORTH CAROLINA'S EASTERN REGION|
|TIMCO AVIATION SERVICES|
North Carolina is the King of the United States participants in regards to areas being represented in Paris Air Show from taxpayer funded groups with 5 including N.C. Department of Commerce, Greensboro Economic Development Alliance, Moore Union County Economic Development, North Carolina Global Transpark and North Carolina Eastern Region.
Here is a link to United States participants in Paris Air Show HERE
Here is a list of other airports, municipalities and states represented at the Air Show to show you how absurd it is to see 5 different areas where we should only need one entity but am sure King Zoning Stud Henry Isaacson PTI Chairman enjoys his trip to Paris every year. Other participants are: Ohio, Alabama , Arizona, Best of New England, Oregon, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi(MS), Wichita, Kansas, Meridian, Maryland, Miami Airport, Jackson MS. , MS. Gulf Coast, Newport News Airport, Oklahoma , Pinellas County, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Ohio State University, Plattsburgh Airport, Rockford, South Carolina Department of Commerce, Washington State, West Massachusetts.
I am sure it is well and good to have 2 competing areas under the same roof competing for the same companies in Greensboro and the Global Transpark in Kinston N.C. but we need to also understand how the Global Transpark has been sucking the taxpayers of this state dry for a long time , Carolina Journal has a great write up on the waste of taxpayers money in the Global Transpark in Kinston N.C.
HERE . Here is the first paragraph:
"The Global TransPark
A boondoggle from the start. This series records what is possibly the largest government waste and failure in North Carolina state history, a failed cargo-airport project that has brought false hopes but little impact to Kinston and Eastern North Carolina."
Now we have a boondoggle in Kinston competing against the local pie in the sky boondoggle Aerotropolis Board competing for the same companies in the same booth at the Paris Air Show, boy don't you just love our tax payer funded junkets to Paris France for these group of North Carolinians. Can't wait to see the expense repots from all involved.
ALSO BLOG DANG HAS SOMETHING TO SAY AS WELL ON THE SUBJECT