Commerce Awards Development Grant to Build Hawaii’s Space Economy

On July 23, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the award of $23 million in grants to 44 organizations to create and expand high-growth entrepreneurship and increase access to capital for communities across America. The grants are made annually under

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Secretary Ross Remarks at OneWeb Satellites Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On July 22, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross attended at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the OneWeb Satellites satellite production facility in Merritt Island, Florida. He delivered remarks highlighting the recent economic recovery and resurgence of the Florida Space Coast.

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Op-Ed by Secretary Ross on the $1 Trillion Space Economy

On February 28, 2019, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross published an opinion piece in the Orlando Sentinel titled, “Launching toward a $1 trillion space economy.” It celebrates the space industry achievements of 2018 and outlines five elements needed to further

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Remarks on the Trillion Dollar Space Economy

On November 27, 2018, Kevin O’Connell delivered a keynote address at the SpaceCom 2018 conference in Houston, Texas. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Kevin O’Connell, and I am the

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Final Report of Space Workforce Task Force

The President’s Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development, co-chaired by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., today released its report to the president with recommendations to enhance economic development strategies along

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Public Inputs Sought on Space Coast Workforce

On June 24, the Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development launched an interactive website to encourage public comment on ways to promote economic growth and sustainability in the Space Coast region as it adapts to changes in

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Task Force Budget Request Increased to $100 Million

The President has amended his FY 2011 budget request to expand the Florida Space Coast workforce and economic development effort to other regions affected by space industry job losses. The request has been increased from $40 million to $100 million,

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Remarks of Secretary Locke on Space Coast Economy

Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke spoke about the Florida Space Coast economy during a June 4 town hall meeting in Orlando, Florida. He and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden co-chair the President’s Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development.

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Presidential Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development

On May 3, President Obama established a task force co-chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and the NASA Administrator to plan a $40 million initiative for economic development and retraining along Florida’s Space Coast as the space shuttle program comes

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