Florida's Future: The Space Program and Beyond

Florida and the Space Program have been intertwined for decades. The Fall 2010 symposium considered NASA's uncertain future and its impact on Florida's economy. Government and business leaders and policy experts discussed President Obama's plans to overhaul NASA and the new technologies and economic development strategies that could shape Florida's future following the loss of thousands of jobs connected with the space program. The event opened with a presentation by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) who flew aboardSpace Shuttle Columbia in 1986. Other speakers include U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL), Frank DiBello (president and chief executive officer of Space Florida), Randy Berridge (president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council), John Adams (president of Enterprise Florida), and Leslie Molony (senior director of Business Development at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute).