The Camden Partnership Supports Spaceport Camden County
The following is the text of a letter sent on March 6, 2016, by Partnership President Sheila McNeill to Senator Bruce Thompson, Chairman of the Georgia State Senate Science & Technology Committee, in support of Spaceport Camden County:
Dear Chairman and Committee Members,
The Board of Directors of The Camden Partnership, Camden County’s military support organization, fully supports Spaceport Camden County. Spaceport will fully utilize the tremendous talent we have in our transiting military at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Our departing and retiring military workforce is our most underutilized assets and an asset that will bring exactly the type of workforce that will make Camden’s Spaceport successful. We do have rocket scientists at Kings Bay! Recognizing this value, our county leadership and the partnership continue to brief our military leadership on the progress of our Spaceport.
Camden’s high performing schools, family friendly community and access to regional amenities are the same assets that will have a significant impact in making our Spaceport successful. We have been told by our defense contractors that we will see increased presence through potential collaboration with Spaceport. The location of new missions and untapped defense industries will bring significant economic impact to our community and those communities located across Georgia.
Our board of directors represent a wide variety of leadership in Camden County and fully support this project and urge your vote for House Bill # 734 the Georgia Flight Act which has been assigned to your committee.
We join with former Speaker Newt Gingrich who said, “House Bill 734, the GSFA seeks to add protections that are necessary for this nascent industry to succeed. The potential for Georgia to become part of the $300-billion-dollar annual global commercial space industry would be one of the most significant economic development projects in our beloved state’s history. By passing H.B. 734, Georgia will be writing its own destiny.”
Sheila M. McNeill