Jan. 9, 2012 Tallahassee Democrat
Many challenges and exciting changes are ramping up for the space industry in Florida as work continues on the future of space exploration. More than ever, the state needs to be aggressive in creating a robust atmosphere for space business.
Florida has the third-largest space industry in the United States and ranks fourth in the nation for space-based employment. The aerospace industry impacts almost every county. Preserving and fostering this high-tech industry requires unified action by industry and local, state and federal government officials.
Florida is open for business and stands to harvest many new innovations created from investments in the aerospace industry. Future business and employment opportunities must be generated to ensure we hold and leverage a world-class workforce. In addition, the space business brings in cutting-edge research and development of global significance inspiring Florida's future scientists and engineers.
On Wednesday, I am partnering with my colleagues in the space industry to speak with state leaders in Tallahassee. It is critical that Florida's legislators, local elected officials and the business community work together to lead America's next chapter in space exploration; attract new business by offering incentives to create a vibrant 21st century aerospace community; and position Florida to capture innovative national and international space-related business to stimulate the economy.
Failure to act now will mean missed opportunities to grow the state's high tech economy. Florida's must remain a world-class aerospace business location.
We need to capture and keep the future of space thriving in the state. Legislative support is critical now to harness the next big step for mankind and keep our leading edge as the number one place for space.