LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Wednesday joined other state lawmakers and Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) Executive Director Gavin Brown to meet with officials from NASA and top space companies, like Blue Origin and SpaceX, in Florida.
“Space can be the next frontier for Michigan — bringing new and exciting opportunities to our state that can help support our communities and keep top talent here at home,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This is a nonstop series of serious meetings with aerospace industry leaders to directly advocate for our state and encourage them to grow operations in Michigan. My hope is that we can help increase this innovative industry in our state — building on the great talent, technology and manufacturing infrastructure we already have.”
Wednesday also marked Space Day in Michigan.
Last week, Zorn co-sponsored Senate Resolution 121 declaring March 30 as Space Day in recognition of Michigan’s current aerospace industry and notes that Michigan continues to be “a global leader in the space industry by creating an attractive environment for businesses to locate their facilities here, including creating a new spaceport, center of excellence, and launch sites in our state.”
SR 121 also says that the Senate welcomes “other businesses and companies to relocate to Michigan as we continue to work towards being a partner in the global space industry.”
According to MAMA, Michigan has over 600 aerospace-related companies that produce more than $3 billion in annual revenue.
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Photo captions: Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) Executive Director Gavin Brown present a copy of Senate Resolution 121 proclaiming March 30 as Space Day in Michigan to officials at NASA and Blue Origin. Zorn presented the tributes during a series of nonstop meetings with aerospace industry leaders to directly advocate for Michigan and encourage them to grow operations in the state.