Florida’s Space Coast Named “Turnaround of the Year” by SpaceNews
- Space Coast, FL (December 3, 2018) – Florida’s Space Coast has been selected Turnaround of the Year for the 2018 Awards for Excellence & Innovation by SpaceNews. The Awards, which were established to honor individuals and organizations making a significant impact in the space industry, were announced Monday, December 3 at the Washington Space Business Roundtable in Washington, D.C.
Brevard’s economic turnaround remains one of the largest in the state. The Space Coast unemployment rate in November 2010 reached a high of 11.8%, today, it is only at 3%. Additionally, Brevard’s spaceport remains the most active orbital launch site in the world with 19 successful launches in 2017. The Space Coast could see as many as 48 launches per year by 2021, with projections of many more than that in the future. Together, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC), Space Florida, NASA, the Air Force and industry, along with many community partners, have redefined, refocused and reimagined Brevard’s role in the next era of space history.
Florida’s Space Coast was selected the winner for this category of the SpaceNews Awards for Excellence & Innovation following an open nomination, reader poll, and the deliberations of a panel of SpaceNews editors and contributors.
The winners of this year’s awards will be profiled in the December 3, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine.