A new Task Force for the Space Industry was launched by GO-Biz (Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development), under the direction of Dee Dee Myers, Director of GO-Biz and Senior Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom, on 31st August 2022.
- The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development is in charge of California’s New Space Industry Task Force.
- At the All California Defense Leadership Summit in Sacramento, organized by the Association of Defense Communities, the California Defense Communities Alliance, and the California Governor’s Military Council, Governor Gavin Newsom made the first announcement.
California’s New Space Industry Task Force
More than 200 military, defense, community, and stakeholder representatives from around California convened to discuss problems and solutions to state-wide national security concerns. In addition to discussing steps to improve current defense capabilities, key speakers at the event focused on prospects to expand the state’s space-industrial sector.
With the creation of this new Task Force, California, a world leader in aerospace and sophisticated manufacturing, will look for ways to strengthen its position and capitalize on potential future development in the commercial and military space industries.
Leaders from the Governor’s Military Council, the Office of Planning and Research (OPR), and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency will collaborate with GO-Biz on this project.
“California is truly a star when it comes to aerospace. We have a long list of unique assets that make us the perfect home for this critical and exciting industry, and we are committed to taking the nation’s space program to the next frontier,” said Governor Gavin Newsom.
Creating New Opportunities for Space Industry in California
The Task Force will collaborate with the space industry to deliver unique opportunities to California, such as:
- Attracting and igniting new firms, particularly those from abroad.
- Expanding current operating aeronautical and space companies.
- Expanding the workforce in California and supplying more well-paying jobs.
- Expanding research and development in aerospace and sophisticated manufacturing.
- increasing testing and launch capacity
- Working with the state’s higher education system to develop possible new job opportunities and meet the growing need for expertise in areas like quantum physics and AI.
- Establishing new frameworks for public-private collaboration, such as enabling private funding for Department of Defense infrastructure.
Other Financial Perks
California is pleased to provide significant financial incentives to business leaders as well. Since 2019, aerospace businesses have received almost $200 million in tax credits and grants from GO-flagship Biz’s investment program, CalCompetes.
Relativity Space leased a former Boeing manufacturing plant in Long Beach with the assistance of the state and promised to establish over a thousand new employment opportunities there as well as at their second launch location in Vandenberg. The largest 3D printers in the world are housed at their enormous, 1 million square foot Long Beach facility, which will create the full-scale space technology required to enable a Mars journey. Astra received the funding they needed from CalCompetes to increase both their production and R&D capacities at their Alameda plant.
Hundreds of cutting-edge space enterprises are based in California. Moreover, it is the location of various unrivaled chances, including numerous active launch pads. The new task force, headed by Director Dee Dee Myers and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), will collaborate with the space sector to promote the potential for space in California.