Aerospace Company Establishes R&D Facility at NASA KSC

BRS_Aerospace_logoBrevard County, Fla., July 19, 2013 (EDC PR) – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) is pleased to announce that BRS Aerospace will open a research-and- development operation for its global market in a former shuttle facility at Kennedy Space Center, creating nearly three dozen jobs and furthering the space center’s push into the commercial aerospace industry.

BRS Aerospace will occupy the former Parachute Repack Facility at KSC, investing $7.4 million over three years on renovations and equipment.

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Space Coast EDC Gets Defense Grant to Upgrade Cape Canaveral Launch Processing Facilities

Atlas V launches OTV3 into orbit from Cape Canaveral. (Credit: Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance.)
Atlas V launches OTV3 into orbit from Cape Canaveral. (Credit: Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance.)

EDC Secures $275,000 in State Defense Grants

Bulk of funding to go toward upgrading launch facilities
at Cape Canaveral station

Brevard County, Fla., December 19, 2012 (Space Coast EDC PR) – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $275,000 in 2012 Florida defense grants. The awards are part of Governor Rick Scott’s announcement of $2.4 million in defense grants this year to communities and organizations that support Florida military installations.

The EDC received a $200,000 Defense Infrastructure Grant, one of just seven awards of that size issued statewide. The EDC also received a $75,000 Defense Reinvestment Grant, one of just 11 reinvestment grants given in 2012.

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Florida Space Coast Getting $124 Million Boost

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

The Florida Space Coast, hard hit by the economic meltdown and the end of the space shuttle program, got a couple of big shots in the arm on Wednesday as officials broke ground on two technology centers.

Gov. Rick Scott was on hand for groundbreaking ceremonies for the new $24 million Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA at Melbourne International Airport. The governor also attended the groundbreaking on $100 million Harris Technology Center in nearby Palm Bay. Both projects represent expansions of existing operations in those locations backed by the financial support of state and local governments.

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Florida Space Coast EDC Recognized For Promotional Effort

Brevard County, Fla., October 4, 2012 (EDC PR) – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast’s powerful, information-packed brochure touting Brevard County’s competitive advantages in technology, work force, quality of life and other areas received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council.

The EDC’s 10-page brochure, “Florida’s Space Coast: America’s High Tech Titan,” competed against materials from the nation’s largest economic development organizations. The award was presented this week at the IEDC Annual Conference in Houston, Texas.

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Space Coast EDC Establishes Business Development Incentive Fund

Brevard County, Fla., Sept. 28, 2012 (EDC PR) – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is pleased to announce that it has developed an economic development incentive fund designed to assist in expanding existing Brevard County high-tech and manufacturing businesses and attracting new businesses to the Space Coast.

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Guest Opinion: Sequestration Cuts Would Devastate Space Coast Economy

Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

Space Coast Economy Threatened by Congress, Again

By Ronald Cobb
Chairman, Space Coast Defense Alliance
Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast

It’s time for Congress to get off the dime and take action on the federal budget. Avoiding sequestration must be a priority to avoid a congressionally induced economic calamity for the Space Coast, Central Florida, and the nation.  Last year, with the failure of  the so-called Super Committee to agree to $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction, Congress decided the only way to cut spending was to put a gun to our head, called sequestration, under the assumption the result would be so unthinkable that surely consensus would be achieved to prevent that debacle.  Yet here we are, with a finger on the trigger and Washington doing nothing to avert disaster.

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Navy to Refurbish Cape Canaveral Missile Test Complex, Boost Employment

Cape Canaveral, FL, August 2, 2012 (Space Florida PR) – The Navy Strategic Systems Program at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) will refurbish and update a 1950s-era submarine missile test complex. The new Strategic Weapons System Ashore (SWS Ashore) facility at CCAFS Complexes 25 and 29 will provide the U.S. Navy with a single, land-based facility for testing submarine missile systems.

CCAFS Launch Complexes 25 and 29 were originally constructed for the first Fleet Ballistic Missile test launches in the 1950s, and use of the locations was discontinued in the 1970s. When the new work is finished, the complexes will support testing systems found in the current Ohio-class submarine as well as systems under development for the Ohio replacement submarine.
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Big Win for Space Coast: Utah Hybrid Rocket Company to Relocate to Titusville

Brevard County, Fla., July 10, 2012 (EDC PR) – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Enterprise Florida, City of Titusville, Space Florida, and Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority are pleased to announce that Rocket Crafters, a Utah-based corporation that holds licenses for advanced hybrid rocket and aerospace composite technologies as well as proprietary hybrid rocket design and analysis software, will relocate to Titusville.

The company plans to develop and commercialize a new hybrid rocket propulsion technology and leverage an ultra-lightweight, advanced composite material to manufacture dual-propulsion suborbital space planes. Rocket Crafters is focused on spaceflight training and commercializing the enabling technologies required for the future suborbital new space opportunities for both commercial and military applications.

Rocket Crafters will invest $72 million to support operations at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. At full employment, the company’s total economic impact is estimated to be over $48 million.
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Florida Space Coast EDC Partnership to Help Grow Businesses

Brevard County, Fla. (March 30, 2012 – EDC PR) – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) has partnered with the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL), Florida High Tech Corridor Council, Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber and the Greater Palm Bay Chamber to bring a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship in Brevard County and support for existing businesses. This effort is designed to stimulate job creation and foster the development of emerging growth-oriented companies.

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Embraer Announces Major Expansion on Florida Space Coast

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Melbourne, FL (Space Florida PR — March 21, 2012) – Today Governor Rick Scott announced that Embraer, a Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer focused on commercial, defense, and executive aviation, is expanding its operations at Melbourne International Airport. The company will be adding a new research and development facility – The Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA – and 200 new engineering jobs with average salaries of $70,000, in the near term. At least 40 new jobs are anticipated in 2012.

The announcement was made today at the Melbourne Hilton Rialto. Governor Rick Scott was joined by Senator Mike Haridopolos, Melbourne City Mayor Harry Goode, and executives from Embraer, Enterprise Florida, Space Florida and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.
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Florida Governor to Announce “Significant” Space Coast Business Expansion

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

MEDIA ADVISORY

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT TO ANNOUNCE LOCAL BUSINESS EXPANSION

Significant Near-Term Employment Anticipated

WHO:
The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor of Florida
Hon. Mike Haridopolos, Florida Senate President
Gray Swoope, Secretary of Commerce, State of Florida and President & CEO, Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Frank DiBello, President & CEO, Space Florida
Hon. Harry Goode, Mayor, City of Melbourne
Lynda Weatherman, President & CEO, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast

WHAT:
Announcement of the expansion of an established, Melbourne-based company resulting from an ongoing partnership between Enterprise Florida, Space Florida and the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. In addition to business facility expansion, it is anticipated that this Melbourne-based company’s growth will result in significant job creation in the near term.

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
(Please note: attendance is by “invitation only”)

WHERE:
Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place
200 Rialto Place
Rialto Ballroom “C”
Melbourne, FL 32901

Rocket Propulsion Systems Company Eyes Titusville for New Facility

There’s some potentially good news for the hard-hit Space Coast.

A “rocket propulsion systems” company is considering locating its facilities in Titusville, a move that would create more than 2,200 direct and spin-off jobs, according to Florida Today.

The identity of the company is being kept secret, with it being referred to as “Project Speed” in city and county documents. Titusville, Brevard C0unty and Space Florida are working to put together a package of tax incentives for the company, which is also considering three other sites outside of Florida. (more…)