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

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL (December 9, 2015) – 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.

“Florida continues to expand the business of space,” said Tony Taliancich, United Launch Alliance (ULA) director of East Coast Operations and chair of Florida Space Day 2016. “Space operations and facility upgrades are progressing at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, including commercial operations in suborbital and low-Earth orbit, as well as national program initiatives involving Orion and the Space Launch System for deep space human exploration.”

“This transition in the space business arena impacts all of Florida, not just the Space Coast,” added Taliancich. More than 140,000 Floridians employed by nearly 20,000 aerospace companies with more than $19 billion in annual sales and revenues.

During Space Day, industry leaders and other aerospace supporters will meet with House and Senate members, as well as Gov. Rick Scott, 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.


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Margo Witcher