Florida Officials to Press Obama on Jobs

Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center
Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

The Orlando Sentinel has a report on efforts by Florida officials to press President Barack Obama to stem job losses:

With the space-shuttle program about to end, and no clear sign when NASA’s next rocket will take its place, Space Coast political and aerospace officials agreed Monday that Florida must press President Barack Obama to keep his campaign promise to fund an “ambitious” space program and protect workers at Kennedy Space Center.

“One of the things we have made a priority in Washington is to see that the promise is kept,” U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, told about 200 people packed into the Florida Solar Energy Center auditorium in Cocoa.

The meeting, the third annual Florida Space and Technology Forum, was organized by Brevard County, drawing researchers, space workers, NASA contractors and political leaders of every stripe from across Florida.

Meanwhile, Florida Today reports on efforts by Brevard County to help laid off workers find new employment:

Brevard Workforce’s ongoing Aerospace Workforce Transition program has been helping to counsel, retrain and find positions for individual Shuttle workers. But now, with the first wave of separations in sight, the agency is engaging full-on promotions to assist both workers and employers, and to prevent the permanent loss of highly skilled individuals from Central Florida talent pool.

There are websites set up for aerospace employees (www.launchnewcareers.com) and potential employers (www.employflorida.com).