Coalition Promotes Space in Florida’s Capital

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More than 70 representatives from about 20 space-related businesses and interests lobbied Florida House and Senate offices on Thursday in favor of more state support for space, Florida Today reports.

Facing the end of the shuttle program and increased competition from other states and nations, the group emphasized the important of space exploration to Florida’s economy during the annual Space Day event.

“We want to make legislators aware of the economic importance of the aerospace industry to the entire state, not just to Brevard County,” said ASRC Aerospace’s Pedro Medelius. “It’s especially important now, because other states are starting initiatives to take the business that Florida has traditionally had.”