About Us


The Aerospace Alliance’s mission is to establish the Southeast region as a world-class aerospace and aviation corridor. The Alliance’s member states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida, share the goal of promoting the region’s common assets and long-standing tradition of excellence in the aerospace industry to grow the sector in the region. Members advocate for policies, programs and specific aerospace projects on the local, state and national level.

Member states, along with business leaders, economic development and workforce professionals, as well as government officials promote the region’s shared aviation and aerospace assets, continually elevate the states’ combined workforce, advance its preeminence as a world-class aerospace, aviation manufacturing location, and draw attention to the Gulf Coast states as one of the largest, most robust aerospace corridors in the world.

Other priorities include the growth of space initiatives in the Alliance states driven by both private-sector companies and the nation’s space program. By attracting major programs and projects, the region will also be more attractive to suppliers. This ripple effect will mean more jobs and will further enhance the region’s economic growth.
 

Aerospace Alliance Board of Directors

  • Neal Wade, Aerospace Alliance Chair, University of Alabama
  • Melissa Medley, Executive Director, Aerospace Alliance
  • Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce, Alabama Department of Commerce
  • Robert (Bob) Smith, Assistant Director of Business Development, Alabama Department of Commerce
  • Jeff Lynn, Sr., Executive Director Workforce & Economic Development, Alabama Community College System
  • Don Pierson, Secretary of Commerce, Louisiana Economic Development
  • Robert (Bob) Fudickar, Director of Business Development, NASA Michoud Assembly Facility
  • Robert (Bobby) Savoie, Ph.D., CEO, Geocent
  • Glen McCullough, Director, Mississippi Development Authority
  • Haley Fisackerly, President, Entergy Mississippi, Inc.
  • George Freeland, Executive Director, Jackson County Economic Development Foundation
  • Mike Hainsey, Executive Director, Golden Triangle Regional Airport
  • Peter Antonacci President & CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc., Florida Secretary of Commerce
  • Stan Connally, President & CEO, Gulf Power Company
  • John R. Watret PhD., SVP, COO, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Shawn Welcome, Louisiana Economic Development

THE AEROSPACE ALLIANCE’S MISSION


“The Aerospace Alliance’s mission is to establish the Southeast region as a world-class aerospace and aviation corridor. The Alliance’s members share the goal of promoting the region’s common assets and long-standing tradition of excellence in the aerospace industry to take advantage of opportunities to grow the sector in the region. Members will advocate for policies, programs and specific aerospace projects on the local, state and national level.”