Georgia Senate Establishes Study Committee for Spaceport Camden

WOODBINE, GEORGIA – March 29, 2016The Georgia Senate passed a resolution (SR1159) to establish a study committee to examine further the benefits of Spaceport Camden to the state. The committee will be comprised of four members of the Senate, appointed by the President of the Senate. Five nonlegislative members, including two Camden County officials, two business leaders familiar with the commercial space industry and a professor from the Georgia Institute of Technology Guggenheim School.

“This is a big step forward for Spaceport Camden and we are grateful for the interest of the General Assembly in the project moving ahead,” said Steve Howard, Camden County Administrator and Spaceport Camden Project Leader. “We look forward to many fruitful meetings of the study committee, and we thank the Senate for providing resources to make this a reality.”

The Georgia House of Representatives also established a subcommittee on Commercial Space within the Science and Technology Committee, to be chaired by Rep. Jason Spencer of Woodbine. The seven-member subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Spencer, will meet during the summer and fall to finalize the legal details needed to put in place the enabling legislation to spark the growth of the commercial space industry in Georgia.

“Georgia has a unique opportunity to position itself as an aerospace industry leader due to its education, key infrastructure, and strategic location,” said Rep. Spencer. The subcommittee will make recommendations and issue a report of its findings to the full House Science and Technology Committee and the House of Representatives.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Andrew Thompson: athompson@hopebeckham.com, (404)-604-2612

Study Committee Press Release 3-29 Letterhead

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