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Spaceport Camden Major Milestones Accomplished

March 5, 2015 -- County Administrator Steve Howard asked to address Georgia Space
Working Group in Atlanta.
June 3, 2015 – Camden County Board of Commissioners approve Option Agreement for
Real Estate.
July 14, 2015 – Board of Commissioners announce addition of Andrew Nelson,
Consultant, Project Management Advisory Services to the Spaceport Camden Team.
July 17, 2015 – County Administrator returns to Atlanta for a Georgia Space Working
Group Meeting.
September 9, 2015 – Camden signs Memorandum of Understanding with Federal
Aviation Administration in order to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.
September 17, 2015 – Commissioners Authorize Formation of Spaceport Steering
Committee with Allen Burns, Coastal Regional Commission’s Executive Director, as Chair-
man of Steering Committee.
September 23, 2015 – Spaceport Camden joins Commercial Spaceflight (CSF) as an
Executive Member. County Administrator Steve Howard will serve on CSF Board of
October 7, 2015 – Clay Montague, Ph. D. appointed to serve on Environmental Sub-
Committee of the Spaceport Camden Steering Committee.
October 21, 2015 – Board of Commissioners approve nine appointments to the
Environmental Sub-Committee of the Spaceport Camden Steering Committee.
December 7, 2015 – Federal Aviation Administration held a public scoping meeting in
Camden, at the Public Service Authority (PSA), in order to prepare for the EIS. More than
400 local citizens attended the meeting.

                                       Spaceport Camden Gains Support

  Coastal Regional Commission: Support for building a spaceport similar to the one in Cape Canaveral, Florida, is increasing, as government

  leaders comprising the Coastal Regional Commission Council approved a resolution endorsing Spaceport Camden during a meeting held November 10,
  2015 at the Richmond Hill City Center. The resolution supports the proposed 12,000-acre spaceport at the site of an old 1960s Apollo engine test site in
  Camden County. With the emerging global space industry's annual $300 billion-plus impact, coastal Georgia leaders signaled their willingness to recognize
  the state of Georgia's already “significant input to space as an emerging industry,” in which “Georgia Tech contributes more than 200 graduates annually
  with strong interests in space systems, engineering and space science.” Georgia is already heavily invested in space, the council noted, with 80,000
  employees and total economic impact of $50 billion, making the state a national aerospace industry leader. Companies with a presence in Georgia that are
  involved in space include Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Northrop Grumman, Pratt and Whitney and Honeywell's EMS Technologies.

  Chamber of Commerce: Chair Rachel Baldwin wrote a letter as Board President saying she was “encouraged about the economic and positive

  environmental impact the spaceport can create. Georgia leads the nation in aerospace research and development. In 2011, there were over 88,000
  workers and an additional 153,000 indirect and induced jobs related to aerospace in Georgia, representing a $50.9 billion total economic output. Georgia’s
  average wage rate among aerospace industry workers in 2011 was 66-percent higher than the state’s overall average rate and each state aerospace job
  supports 1.72 additional jobs. The blessing in the proposed site is the opportunity to repair a past mistake and honor those lost in 1971. The environmental
  damage done through previous use of the property can be effectively contained as well as retain in reserve nearly 10,000 acres. This preservation will
  protect the coastal beauty that is fond to so many Camden residents. The Camden County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors have supported the
  Spaceport effort since 2013 and continue to strongly support economic opportunities that enhance head of household employment options, business
  development and economic diversity. The board is confident in the leadership of Steve Howard and the Camden County Board of Commissioners.”

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