GYEDC February 2019 E-Update
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Happy new year! 2019 is proving to be an adventurous year already. The Quarterly Investor Luncheon will be held on February 19th providing a preview of one of the many new and exciting opportunities for the region, state, and our bi-national partners through aerospace.
Last year we began researching the possibility of launching small (300kg and smaller) rockets from our Southern region of the County. Our proximity to the Sea of Cortez and controlled airspace make for an attractive solution for this size operator. These rockets launch satellites into orbit, particularly the CubeSats. Arizona has Industry leaders of this market located in multiple locations across the State. Yuma is now home to one of these industry leaders as well, AQST. I trust you all read their location announcement and partnership with Yuma International Airport. This is one example of how Arizona and more importantly Yuma play a major role in the burgeoning rocket industry.
In support of our efforts to become a launch facility, House Bill 2423, introduced by Representatives Weninger: Blackman, Cobb, Dunn, Fernandez, Finchem, Grantham, Osborne, Peten, Petersen, Shope, and Senators Gowan and Kerr adds language to our law allowing for commercial launch. The Bi-Partisan along with House and Senate support demonstrates how important this is for Arizona and Yuma County.
I hope to see you at the GYEDC luncheon to learn more about this industry and project. Guest speaker is Alex Rodriguez of Vector Systems Inc, who will have everyone excited about the future potential for Yuma County and the State. Vector Systems has been assisting GYEDC in our research and analysis and will be a frequent user of our spaceport. I hope to see all of you there.
GYEDC will continue engaging with business in Yuma County through our Business Retention and Expansion Survey for 2018. This year we are visiting Agriculture, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Utilities in an effort to mitigate issues that deter future success of operating a business in Yuma County. If you would like to participate in this survey, please call our office at (928) 782-7774 or, you can also email Karime Hayer at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit with one of the staff members.
AWC & NAU will be hosting Startup Weekend April 12-14, 2019 to promote entrepreneurial learning and creative problem solving. We invite you to participate through donations and volunteering. Please contact Karime Hayer at email@example.com or call (928) 782-7774 if you are interested in being a mentor or judge.