The program for this event will be a complete look at space as it pertains to Georgia. We will look at the Space Economy, the spaceport project, the impact on companies in Georgia and the potential for attracting additional companies and finally a look at the mood of the Georgia Legislature, how they view space in Georgia and possible upcoming legislation.
Bob Scaringe, President of AVG Communications – Bob is Georgia’s expert in the space economy and co-founder of the Georgia Space Working Group
Steve Howard, County Manager in Camden County-Steve has primary oversight for the development of Spaceport Camden
Dr. John Olds, CEO of Spaceworks Enterprises-A leader in concept development, life cycle analysis and systems engineering for future space systems. Located in Atlanta.
Representative Jason Spencer, POC in the Georgia Legislature for Space
SPACE IN GEORGIA
When Georgia lost the national launch facility to Florida in 1960, space stopped being a priority in the state. The move to create a commercial launch site in Georgia may be the single biggest economic development project in the history of the state. Seldom to you get a second chance, but Georgia now has a second chance to be a world leader in space and a highly sought after space destination.
Comment from Frank DiBello, Director of Space Florida – "If you don’t believe a spaceport has an economic impact on your community think of this. In 1960 when NASA chose Cape Canaveral as the national launch site, Brevard County has a lot of sand, alligators and sawgrass, a few mom and pop businesses and 17,000 people. Today it has all sorts of high tech businesses, hundreds of spin off businesses and 700,000 people. This is because of the Kennedy Space Center."
Comment from a Space Industry Insider – "In real estate it’s location. Georgia has the best location in the country for a commercial space port. If developed right it can be the best spaceport in the country, maybe even the world. If the project fails, it will be Georgia’s biggest mistake in 10 generations."