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Aerospace conference scheduled for August

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Aerospace industry leaders, academics and government officials are preparing to discuss one of the top industry clusters in South Carolina during the S.C. Aerospace Conference and Expo, scheduled for Aug. 29-31 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

The aerospace industry has an economic impact of more than $19 billion annually in South Carolina, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce.

The first such conference and expo took place in 2013. Last year, more than 500 attendees and 50 exhibitors came from across the southeastern United States to hear from Boeing South Carolina’s Joan Robinson-Berry, Aviation Week’s William Garvey and Carole Hedden, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Patricia Watts, and other industry leaders, according to the conference website.

This year’s event will include a business and workforce development track, including a B2B matchmaking event, the ACE ‘17 Technical Symposium, an exhibit hall with company and student presentations, and tours and workshops. The speaker lineup has not been announced.

The conference website provides information on the three-day conference and expo, including the programming lineup, an interactive exhibitor map, registration information and more. The event's Facebook page and Twitter account will include news and updates from conference organizers in addition to news from South Carolina’s growing aerospace industry.

Early registration is available online.  Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available.

The S.C. Aerospace Conference and Expo is organized by the University of South Carolina’s McNair Center for Aerospace Research and Innovation, the S.C. Council on Competitiveness, the S.C. Department of Commerce, the S.C. Aeronautics Commission and the S.C. Aviation Association.

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