If It’s March, It’s Time for Space Days

Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

Groups in Florida and California are planning their annual “space days” in March to let state and federal officials know about the importance of aerospace and discuss the key issues they are facing.

Florida Space Day
Location: Tallahassee
Date: March 15
Website: http://www.floridaspaceday.com/index.php

Florida Space Day is a milestone event that presents an opportunity to educate and bring awareness to Florida legislators on the significance of the aerospace industry and its impact on Florida’s economy.

Florida’s aerospace workforce will become another lost asset unless we move quickly to retain this expertise. The aerospace industry represents billions of dollars in annual economic impact and employs thousands of residents in the state’s 67 counties.

With the Space Shuttle retirement next year, it is imperative that government and industry work in partnership to create a cohesive and successful vision for Florida’s role in space exploration.

On March 16, 2011, Florida’s space industry representatives will visit Tallahassee to participate in Florida Space Day. Private companies, local, state and federal agencies, and academic institutions will participate in this unique, annual event, meant to educate our state leaders on the challenges and opportunities Florida has during this dynamic time in the space program.

California Space Week Washington DC
Dates: March 28-31, 2011
Organizer: California Space Authority
Sponsors: Boeing, Northrop Grumman, PGAV Destinations, Southern California Edison, SpaceX
Sign-up: http://www.californiaspaceauthority.org/images/home-page-new/spaceweek2011-registration.pdf

It’s that time again – time to travel to Washington, D.C., to educate federal officials regarding vital space policy issues. We will meet with Congressional members and staff as well as executive branch officials from the White House, Department of Defense, NASA, Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce, and the Department of State to discuss issues related to civil space, national security space, education and workforce, and export controls.

During a series of scheduled meetings, CSA will connect you with federal elected representatives and executive branch officials that are essential to a robust future for space enterprise in California. You will also have opportunities to network with key federal government officials as well as representatives of the Governor’s Washington DC office.

California Space Week Washington DC will begin Tuesday, March 29, in the capital offices of Governor Jerry Brown, 444 N. Capitol Street, Suite 333. Space Week participants will meet privately that day with key executive branch officials from federal agencies including the White House, Department of State, NASA, Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, and Department of Commerce from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. the executive branch meetings will be followed by a unique networking opportunity—a Capitol Hill reception to which members and staff of the California Congressional delegation have been invited.

On Wednesday, March 30, Space Week participants will meet with Congressional members and staff to discuss significant issues for California space enterprise. There will be a CSA no-host dinner that evening to discuss the events of the day at 6:00 p.m. Meetings in the Congressional offices will continue on Thursday, March 31, until 1:00 p.m.