Thanks to that unprecedented interest, Houston was asked to be a featured partner of the USA Partnership Pavilion at the Paris Air Show last month.

As an anchor NASA community and home to the sharpest minds in aerospace, life sciences, energy and innovation, it was only fitting that Houston have a prominent presence in the show at Le Bourget.

The centerpiece of the Houston delegation’s presence at the Paris Air Show was an executive briefing on June 19 featuring keynote remarks from Kopra that helped set the tone for the work Houston continues to do in innovation and aerospace technology.

A panel discussion followed, addressing topics that included educating the next generation of engineers and explorers, the intersection of NASA technology and the private sector, the next frontier of space exploration and the unique position that Houston has in pioneering those efforts.

“The Houston Spaceport is being developed to ensure Houston stays relevant in commercial aerospace and aviation activities,” he says.

“Houston continues to hold a strong value proposition for companies looking to enter the aerospace industry with a unique set of advantages including the proximity to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, unparalleled infrastructure through the Houston Airport System, and a strong talent base.”

Josh Davis is the director of International Investment and Trade at the Greater Houston Partnership and organized the Partnership’s participation at the Paris Air Show and gathered the delegation.