Inslee to speak at Lynnwood aerospace conference

  • Tue Jan 14th, 2014 11:05am

By Jim Davis <i>HBJ Editor</i>

LYNNWOOD — Gov. Jay Inslee will be the keynote dinner speaker at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance’s 13th Annual Aerospace Conference.

It will be the second year in a row that the governor will speak at the conference, the aerospace group announced Tuesday.

“Last year, the governor laid out his vision for Washington’s Aerospace Industry,” said PNAA Executive Director Melanie Jordan in a statement. “This year, will be an excellent opportunity for him to address changes and opportunities in the aerospace industry,”

The vote by Boeing’s Machinists secured Boeing’s future in Washington for the next decade, but it also demonstrated how fragile the industry could be, said JC Hall, the aerospace group’s chairman, in the press release.

“With a large portion of our workforce ready to retire in five years, we need to know that the Governor is working to keep our industry healthy and strong,” Hall said in the statement.

This year’s conference, What’s Driving Change in the Aerospace Industry, features commercial and defense industry forecasts by aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia; product and program updates from top level executives from Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, Rolls Royce, GE, Pratt &Whitney; and other insight by industry experts.

The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance is a non-profit organization that has been promoting the growth and success of the aerospace industry in the Northwest for more than13 years.

People can register at: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1326173.