Hogan plans trade mission to Paris and London

Gov. Larry Hogan will embark on his third trade mission this month, visiting Paris and London in an effort to drum up business for Maryland.

Hogan will leave June 17 and return June 23, said Allison S. Mayer, managing director of marketing and communications in the state Commerce Department.

The governor will lead a delegation of eight state officials and employees who will meet with business leaders in the French and British capitals.

The governor's first stop will be France, where he will spend two days at the Paris Air Show — the world's premier aerospace industry exhibition. Mayer said Maryland is one of 20 states that will exhibit at the show and that Hogan will be one of nine U.S. governors attending.

Maryland is home to numerous companies involved in aerospace, including the Bethesda headquarters of Lockheed Martin, the world's largest defense contractor making a variety of combat aircraft, helicopters, missiles, satellites and other military systems, and Textron's drone manufacturing plant in Cockeysville.

Signe J. Pringle, the Commerce Department's managing director for international investment and trade, said the governor will then travel by train to London, where he will meet with leaders of companies including the pharmaceuticals firm AstraZeneca, which has important operations in Maryland.

Hogan's European swing follows previous trade missions to Asia in 2015 and to Israel last year.

Among the officials who will accompany the governor are Commerce Secretary R. Michael Gill, chief of staff Sam Malhotra and Pringle.

Pringle said Britain and France are among Maryland's largest trading partners. She said Britain is the state's No. 3 export market, while France is No. 11.

"We know the opportunities are there," Pringle said.

She said that if Maryland does not act to seize them, other states and countries will.

Hogan is expected to emphasize Maryland assets including federal agencies, its role as a center of the cybersecurity industry, its institutions of higher learning, a skilled work force and the port of Baltimore.

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