Gov. Crist Meets With Aerospace Officials Over Jobs

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist

January 7, 2009

As part of his ongoing focus on growing Florida’s economy through job retention and creation, workforce training, and economic development, Governor Charlie Crist today hosted a roundtable discussion with space industry leaders. The discussion was held at the Canaveral Port Authority in Brevard County and featured representatives from the aerospace industry, as well as economic and workforce development leaders.

“Florida’s space industry impacts every Floridian, so we must continue to support innovative space business opportunities and the jobs they can create, especially in light of the upcoming retirement of the Space Shuttle program,” said Governor Crist. “A proven and successful aerospace economy is part of Florida’s great legacy and part of the foundation for our bright future.”

Participants at today’s roundtable discussion included Lt. Governor Kottkamp; United States Representative Suzanne Kosmas, Florida Senators Mike Haridopolos and Thad Altman; Florida Representatives Steve Crisafulli, Ralph Poppell, John Tobia and Ritch Workman; Frank DiBello,
president of Space Florida; and Tom Goodman, chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority.

Earlier today, Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp visited the Astrotech Space Operations Headquarters payload processing venture, as well as the new spacecraft processing facility.

Astrotech Space Operations is the Astrotech Corporation’s spacecraft non-hazardous and hazardous processing, payload and hardware storage and customer relations hub. Following his visit, the Lt. Governor met with Bob Cabana, director of the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center, and toured the NASA Shuttle Logistics Depot, a Space Shuttle equipment repair center.

“Securing space business for Florida will help drive innovation, economic health, and Florida’s leadership in the new era of space,” said Lt. Governor Kottkamp, who serves as the co-chair of Space Florida along with Governor Crist. “Florida has truly united in its efforts to demonstrate its strong commitment to the growth of aerospace in Florida and support the nation’s space goals.”