Thu, Jun 24, 2010
$100 Million Targeted Towards Constellation Program
The President submitted to Congress
late last week a fiscal year 2011 budget amendment that targets up
to $100 million toward spurring regional economic growth and job
creation in the aerospace industry. The amendment would provide up
to $40 million in aid for Florida's Space Coast and a maximum of
about $60 million for other affected regions. These funds
specifically would be made available from the Constellation Program
transition element of the agency's exploration request.
The amendment does not increase the total of the
administration's fiscal year 2011 budget request. It was presented
to support the administration's new course for human spaceflight,
while revitalizing NASA and transitioning to new opportunities in
the space industry and beyond.
"We're very pleased the president has asked for additional
support to help the communities and workers most deeply involved in
our space program," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "NASA's
work force is incredibly talented and dedicated. This $100 million
investment in our people is essential to spurring economic growth
and job creation."
The president established the Task Force on Space Industry
Workforce and Economic Development on May 31. The task force is
chaired by Bolden and Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. It is
charged with developing, in collaboration with local stakeholders,
an interagency action plan to enhance economic development
strategies and plans along the Space Coast and affected aerospace
communities in other states. The task force team will report its
recommendations to the president by August 15.
The administration launched a $40 million, multi-agency
initiative in May for regional economic growth in Florida and to
prepare space industry workers for future opportunities there. Task
force activities will complement local and federal economic and
work force-development efforts.
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