“Today, Governor Rick Scott gave Florida’s space industry a boost by signing Senate Bill 634 – a Space Florida legislative priority for 2012 that increases funding eligibility for space-related projects. Governor Scott was joined by bill sponsors Senator Benacquisto and Representative Workman, as well as Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll for the bill signing in the Governor’s office in Tallahassee.
“With more than 2,000 aviation and aerospace companies employing more than 83,000 workers in Florida, there’s no denying how important the space industry is to our economy,” said Governor Scott. “This bill is important to Florida’s space industry and I applaud the bill sponsors and Space Florida for making it a priority.”
The bill clarifies language in state statute to better define launch support facilities that are eligible for infrastructure funding from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and may increase federal funding opportunities by aligning state and federal definitions.
As a result of this bill, FDOT infrastructure funds can be utilized on a broader spectrum of applicable space projects included in Space Florida’s spaceport master plan.”