Space Florida seeks to expand spaceport designations and tax exemptions during the Legislative Session
Space Florida, the state agency responsible for developing Florida’s private space industry, recently released its top priorities for the ongoing Legislative Session.
Priorities for the 2024 Legislative Session
Leaders in Florida’s space industry are looking to expand aerospace infrastructure and make spaceport bonds tax exempt.
Space Florida says the land owners still have authority over what projects or improvements can be made.
Space Florida is urging Congress to take action, as receiving the tax exemption is not something the state alone can change.
Jim Gregory, Dean of the College of Engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, said Space Florida's expansion plans are an indication that the aerospace industry is on the rise in the Sunshine State.
He points to the record number of launches we saw in 2023.
"It's an extraordinary amount of launch activity. But launches are just one piece of the puzzle of the aerospace industry in Florida. Guidance and navigation systems are being made in Clearwater, for example. There's a whole host of aerospace companies in Orlando and throughout the state."
Investment in Florida's aerospace industry
As Florida continues to invest in the aerospace industry, Gregory said more high paying jobs will come to the region which will have trickle effects in our economy.
"That's money not just for the people who hold those jobs, but then they're spending and investing in their communities."
He said Space Florida recently got 15 aerospace related companies to move to Florida. "And that's led to the preservation or creation of over 5000 Really high paying high quality jobs."