Gov. Crist Visits Space Coast, Promises Help on Jobs

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist

Crist short on details on help for Brevard during visit to Space Coast
Orlando Sentinel


With the Space Coast facing the loss of as many as 19,000 jobs when the space shuttle is retired later this year, Gov. Charlie Crist came to town to check out what the state might be able to do to soften the blow.

But anybody hoping that Crist was going to throw a lifeline to a deeply anxious region was left disappointed. Crist was long on platitudes and short on specific promises.

In meeting with industry leaders and elected officials before heading to a campaign stop in Viera, Crist was asked to back everything from creating an investment account for aerospace, to making sure that inventions developed at Kennedy Space Center were only licensed to companies in Florida, to cutting red tape for businesses wanting to set up shop in Brevard County, to backing a call for $3.2 million in funding next year to help retrain shuttle workers.

Crist said he was listening carefully to all the requests and was committed to helping the region. “The commitment has never been stronger,” he said.

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