Tue, Jun 02, 2009
State Already Hosts 16 Of The Nations' Top Aerospace
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley
(D) has proposed a Federal Facilities Advisory Panel through the
state Department of Business and Economic Development. The panel's
particular focus would be on aerospace opportunities.
"The thing about aerospace is that it touches every piece of our
lives," said Katy Herr, vice president of marketing and
communications for satellite systems provider Integral Systems in
Columbia. "We believe Governor O'Malley's proposal is a win-win for
the industry, government customers and national security."
About $1.6 billion flows into Maryland each year from
NASA-related business, according to a report in The Gazette, a
Maryland Community Newspaper. Such companies as Northrop
Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Orbital Sciences, Science Applications
International Corp., General Dynamics, Hughes Network Systems and
Honeywell. Lockheed Martin and Hughes all call Maryland home.
O'Malley said he hopes make Maryland into the national hub for
orbital satellite repair, and to use the new advisory board to grow
Maryland's professional services in the aerospace field.
"In these challenging economic times, we must do more than ever
to nurture this vital sector of Maryland's economy while supporting
the critical, often life-saving missions of our federal and
military partners," said state Department of Business and Economic
Development Secretary Christian S. Johansson in a statement.
"I look forward to working in partnership with the Federal
Facilities Task Force to build on the innovation and uniqueness of
our federal facilities and help strengthen their economic value to
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