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7/21/2017 6:42:00 PM
Greater Lafayette key to attracting aerospace industry to Indiana
The Leap Engine manufactured at Lafayette's GE Aviation facility. Photo provided by Nick Hurm
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The Leap Engine manufactured at Lafayette's GE Aviation facility. Photo provided by Nick Hurm

Emma Ea Ambrose, Journal and Courier

LAFAYETTE — Every June, officials, business executives, engineers and politicians descend on Le Bourget Airport in France for the Paris Airshow. They attend with the intention of showing off new technologies, discussing the future of air travel and to court new business opportunities. 

This year, as in years past, representatives from Indiana and Lafayette turned up in hopes of attracting more players in the industry to the state.

Speaking to the Journal & Courier from the Airshow in June, Gov. Eric Holcomb said the event was a great opportunity to showcase the state and cultivate interest in Indiana’s pro-business climate.

“Every day companies are waking up and thinking about where to grow their market share,” Holcomb said.

And what he wanted to know is, why not Indiana?

For that matter, why not Lafayette?

In 2016 Indiana was ranked as the sixth most attractive state for aerospace companies in the Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness Rankings. The year prior it ranked 18th.

The environment and resources of Greater Lafayette have a lot to do with the state's growing appeal for aerospace companies.

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