CAPE CANAVERAL, FL. (October 15, 2012) – This week, Space Florida – the State of Florida’s spaceport authority and aerospace development agency – received the 13th Annual H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator’s Award by CoreNet Global for recent work with NASA/Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and The Boeing Company in establishing Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program Headquarters and Manufacturing Site for the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft in Florida.
CoreNet Global is the world’s leading association for corporate real estate and workplace professionals, service providers and economic developers. The H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator’s Award is CoreNet Global’s most prestigious, recognizing business development innovation at the highest level.
In this transaction, State and federal government entities (Space Florida, Enterprise Florida and NASA-KSC) worked in a first-of-its-kind partnership with the private sector (Boeing) to position Florida for growth and leadership in next-generation human space exploration initiatives. Space Florida first worked with KSC to repurpose excessed Space Shuttle era facilities for commercial use, then formed an agreement with Boeing for use of one of those facilities (KSC’s Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 3, or “OPF-3”) to manufacture, assemble, and test the company’s CST-100 spacecraft, which will eventually provide reliable, safe, and affordable human transport to and from the International Space Station and other destinations in Low Earth Orbit.
“Space Florida, NASA/Kennedy Space Center and Boeing are demonstrating the vital importance of public-private partnerships as a strategic resource at a time when the economy is more constrained yet we need to find the most effective solutions to advancing critical needs surrounding life science, medical advances and technological innovation,” said CoreNet Global Chairman Jim Scannell of the Travelers Companies. “Space Florida’s work bolsters the case for viability of manned space flight as it benefits both society and business.”
“Space Florida is grateful to accept this prestigious award from CoreNet,” said Space Florida President Frank DiBello. “This recognition shows the significance of this pathfinder deal facilitated by Space Florida, Enterprise Florida and The Boeing Company and the growth potential for commercial space in the State of Florida.”
Space Florida was recognized for exploring corporate real estate in the full sense of innovation, while touching on design, project planning, economic development and sustainability.