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Spaceport Camden  

Woodbine,  GA 
United States
http://co.camden.ga.us


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With an ideal location on the coast of Georgia, bordering northeast Florida, Camden County is strategically positioned to be one of the most important commercial spaceports in the United States. Once approved, Spaceport Camden will be the only exclusively vertical, non-federal range on the East Coast. Our vision is to develop a successful world class spaceport through a public-private partnership that establishes Camden County as the Commercial Space Center of the United States. With Georgia ranked no. 1 in the 2020 PWC Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness report, Georgia being home to more than 800 major aerospace companies, and aerospace products being the no. 1 export and the second largest manufacturing industry, we are well positioned to capitalize on the global $420-billion space industry. Camden County, Georgia has an exciting opportunity to make History again!

Brands: Our mission is to create a premier commercial spaceport strategically positioned to provide economic diversity with a competitive advantage for the space sector, Camden County, Georgia and the USA.


 Press Releases

  • WOODBINE, Ga. – October 14, 2020 – Separate studies from the consulting giant PwC and Georgia Southern University’s Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research (CBAER) demonstrate the business attractiveness of Spaceport Camden.

    PwC’s 2020 Aerospace manufacturing attractiveness rankings (PDF) lists the State of Georgia as the number one state in the country for aerospace manufacturing. According to the report, “[Georgia’s Aerospace and Defense] workforce of 108,000 is employed by more than 800 aerospace companies. Aerospace products, valued at $10.8 billion, account for the state’s top exports and represent the second largest manufacturing industry in the state, representing $57.5 billion in economic impact.”

    Separately, a report by CBAER (PDF) at Georgia Southern University found that Camden County already accounts for 278 of Georgia’s 926 direct space industry jobs. According to CBAER, “Camden County has a significantly higher level of specialization in the primary launch sector than does the state of Georgia…the addition of a spaceport could help increase the employment and wages already present in this area.”

    Direct space industry gross regional product has increased since 2008 for both Georgia and Camden County, while data shows (PDF) statewide GRP has grown by 88% and in Camden County by 125%. The average annual wages per worker in Camden County are $42,757, while the direct space sector average wages are $150,190 in 2019. This means that a typical job in the space sector earns 3.5 times the regional norm.

    “Georgia is the number one state in which to do business, as well as the number one state for aerospace manufacturing. Coupled with Camden’s existing expertise in the space industry, we are poised for massive growth with the approval of Spaceport Camden,” said Steve Howard, Camden County administrator and Spaceport Camden project lead.

    Camden County officials have previously touted Spaceport Camden’s potential to support transitioning military from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and to employ aerospace engineers from Georgia Tech University, the nation’s largest producer of engineers. Camden County anticipates a final decision on its Launch Site Operator’s License Application by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the spring of 2021.

    More about Spaceport Camden: Our Vision is to develop a successful world class spaceport through a public-private partnership that establishes Camden County as the Commercial Space Center of the United States. Our Mission is to create the premier spaceport strategically positioned to provide economic diversity with a competitive advantage for the space sector, Camden County, the State of Georgia and the United States of America. For more information, please view our website at www.SpaceportCamden.us.

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  • WOODBINE, Ga. – October 6, 2020 – Camden County and the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research (CBAER) at Georgia Southern University has released a new study on the economic impact of space tourism on coastal Georgia. The report estimates that a single launch could attract approximately 4,000-5,000 visitors to the area. CBAER estimates that 38 to 45 jobs connected to tourism and hospitality would be supported long-term by the project as well. While there would be some additional new jobs as a result, the primary impact on employment would likely be adding more hours to existing employees, shifting employees from part-time to full-time work, or increasing their income due to increased customer traffic and visitor counts.

    “Building Spaceport Camden could bolster additional spending in the area’s hospitality industry throughout Camden County and the southeast Georgia region,” said Benjamin McKay, Assistant Director for the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research (CBAER). “The potential per-launch benefit to total employee compensation (Labor Income) could reach $1.1 million, with sizeable increases in the total goods and services used in the region (Gross Regional Product) and total business sales (Output).”

    CBAER estimates that from Spaceport Camden could increase the gross regional product of southeast Georgia by as much as $1.8 million and increase total business sales by as much as $3.6 million per launch.

    “Having overseen the Eastern Range for the United States Air Force and been involved with commercial space for the past decade, I can attest to the growing launch demand in the commercial space sector,” said Major General Robert S. Dickman, former USAF commander of the 45th Space Wing, former Director of the Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral, and current Camden County resident. “Spaceport Camden is an ideal location for the safe launch of the small satellites and rockets that are rapidly becoming the most important segment of this new market.”

    Georgia Southern University previously estimated that Spaceport Camden would generate more than $22 million in annual economic activity in addition to the more than $9 million in economic activity that will be generated from construction in the first 15 months of operations. However, this previous study did not research the impact of Spaceport Camden on tourism and hospitality.

    “Small-lift launch vehicle launches mean big business for our hotels and restaurants,” said Camden County Administrator and Spaceport Camden project lead, Steve Howard. “Many hospitality businesses have been suffering as a result of COVID-19. This report shows that a launch from Spaceport Camden can revitalize Camden’s tourism industry and ignite our recovery.”

    More about Spaceport Camden: Our Vision is to develop a successful world class spaceport through a public-private partnership that establishes Camden County as the Commercial Space Center of the United States. Our Mission is to create the premier spaceport strategically positioned to provide economic diversity with a competitive advantage for the space sector, Camden County, the State of Georgia and the United States of America. For more information, please view our website at www.SpaceportCamden.us.

    More about the Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research (CBAER): CBAER conducts applied research on community and business development in Statesboro and the 58-county region of southeast Georgia. We help communities and business leaders mitigate risks, recognize opportunities and develop strategic plans that help them discover the trends, statistics and facts that matter to their community and business. 

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  • WOODBINE, Ga. – May 4, 2020 – Officials in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Office of Commercial Space Transportation have indicated to Camden County, Georgia that its revised Launch Site Operator License Application has cleared key milestones. Specifically, the FAA is no longer requesting any information from Camden County except for those related to 14 CFR §420.15 (environmental) and §420.17 (policy).

    “With only environmental review and policy review outstanding, Spaceport Camden has cleared the critical safety and launch site location reviews,” said Commission Chairman, Jimmy Starline. “Camden County has had good conversations with the Pentagon and leadership at Kings Bay and we are confident that we can deconflict any remaining issues pertaining to the Department of Defense,” added Starline.

    “Clearing safety review and launch site location review indicates that we made the right decision in amending our application to focus on market position,” said County Administrator and project lead, Steve Howard. “I am encouraged by our progress.”

    A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Spaceport Camden was released in March 2018, but Camden County is still waiting for the FAA to complete its environmental review process. The FAA has been preparing the Spaceport Camden EIS for nearly five years. In 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13807 challenging federal agencies to reduce environmental reviews and authorization decisions for new major infrastructure projects to two years. The Executive Order also directs agencies to apply the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in a manner that reduces unnecessary burdens and delays as much as possible, including by using the Council on Environmental Quality's authority to interpret NEPA to simplify and accelerate the NEPA review process.

    “The EIS has been the longest and most expensive part of this project, I am hopeful we are nearing an end to that process,” said Vice Chairman Gary Blount.

    More about Spaceport Camden: Our Vision is to develop a successful world class spaceport through a publicprivate partnership that establishes Camden County as the Commercial Space Center of the United States. Our Mission is to create the premier spaceport strategically positioned to provide economic diversity with a competitive advantage for the space sector, Camden County, the State of Georgia and the United States of America. For more information, please view our website at www.SpaceportCamden.us.

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