JAA Hosts Spaceport Development Summit
In March, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority hosted its first Cecil Spaceport Development Summit.  The goal of the two day event was to educate participants about commercial spaceport goals and needs of the area.  Among the 140 participants were aerospace executives, City, and State elected officials, and local universities.  Topics in the forum sessions covered the future of space travel, workforce needs, and incentives for companies to locate in Jacksonville.  The Summit concluded with a tour of Cecil Commerce Center and Cecil Airport.  Companies that attended included XCOR Aerospace, The Rocketplane and Masten Space Systems.  Featured speakers for the event included Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, Juan Merkt, Aerospace Chairman at Jacksonville University, and Jerry Mallot, President of JaxUsa Partnership.