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Florida Space Day 2021 Closing Remarks

Florida Space Day 2021 proved to be a tremendous – and virtual – success! The space industry community, joined for the first time by university and other students from across the entire state, fully engaged with Legislators to share the excitement, successes, and statewide economic impact of space – all accomplished under the extraordinary conditions of a global pandemic. Our industry and student and space partner teams also communicated the importance of our advocacy positions promoting workforce/tech-training programs, infrastructure investments, and policies to make Florida the most competitive pro-space business state in the nation. A special roundtable with Space Caucus Chairman Senator Tom Wright and his colleagues was particularly helpful and consequential. Thank you to Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez for her supportive remarks and the exploration and STEM inspiration shared by Astronaut Winston Scott, and thank you to my Florida Space Day 2021 Co-Chair, Space Florida’s Frank DiBello. I look forward to the opportunity to do this again – in person – in Tallahassee in 2022.

– Joe Mayer, Florida Space Day 2021 Chairman