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Expanding the Business of Space in Florida Florida Space Leaders to Visit Capitol on February 3

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL (January 22, 2016) – Promoting the economic impact of the space industry, Florida’s aerospace leaders will visit Tallahassee on February 3, 2016, for Florida Space Day, sharing with legislators the opportunities the industry brings to Florida and the nation.

“Growth in the space business arena impacts all of Florida, not just the Space Coast,” said Tony Taliancich, United Launch Alliance (ULA) director of East Coast Operations and chair of Florida Space Day 2016. “Over 140,000 Floridians are employed by more than 19,000 aerospace companies generating in excess of $18 billion in annual sales and revenues.” All 67 Florida counties contribute to this multi-billion dollar industry. The aerospace product and parts manufacturing sector is the largest manufacturing segment in Florida with an average wage of $77,343.

Former NASA astronaut and currently the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA ) Dr. Sandra H. Magnus, who flew in space on STS-112, STS-126 and on the final Shuttle flight STS-135, will be making scheduled appearances throughout the event.

During Space Day, industry leaders and other aerospace supporters will meet with Florida legislators and executive branch officials to discuss the state’s space industry and determine the best strategies for leveraging economic development policies to attract private sector investment and jobs that will benefit Florida and effectively meet competitive challenges from other states in the years ahead.

Florida Space Day participants include Abacus Technology, A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, AECOM, Aerojet Rocketdyne, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, ASRC Federal, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Bionetics, Blue Origin, The Boeing Company, Craig Technologies, CSS-Dynamac, Delaware North Companies, EDC of Florida’s Space Coast, Embraer, Embry Riddle, Energy Florida, Florida Institute of Technology, Harris Corporation, Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin, Millennium Engineering & Integration Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Orbital ATK, Sebesta, Sierra Lobo, Inc, Space Coast Launch Services, Space Florida, SpaceX, United Launch Alliance (ULA), University of Florida and Vencore.

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About Florida Space Day

Florida Space Day is an annual opportunity to educate and inform the Florida legislature and key executive officials about the significance of the aerospace industry and its impact on Florida’s economy.

 

To learn more about Florida Space Day 2016, visit www.floridaspaceday.com, join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FloridaSpaceDay and follow us on Twitter at @FLSpaceDay.