Melbourne International Airport Home To ‘Project Magellan’
By Space Coast Daily // May 9, 2014
SIGNS BOAST 'We’re Space Coast Proud!'
Melbourne International Airport Snares Space Coast Treasure: Northrop Grumma Aircraft development facility could create 1,800 jobs and $500 million capital investment.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne International Airport announced that it will be home to one of the country’s most sought-after economic development projects featuring its potential $500 million capital investment in the coming years.
Dubbed “Project Magellan” during its quiet phase, aerospace and defense giant Northrop Grumman was revealed as the corporation ready to bring up to 1,800 jobs with average annual wages topping $100,000. This is an expansion for Northrop Grumman, who first landed on the Space Coast 51 years ago to build Apollo’s lunar lander, which put man on the moon.
“Northrop Grumman gave the Space Coast the boost it needed in its post-space shuttle economy,” said Richard Ennis, MLB executive director. “They could have chosen anywhere in the country to expand. To attract and retain corporations of this caliber is a feather in the cap of this community.”
Ennis said that the airport shares this success “with every school, every business, every leader and every resident” of the Space Coast area, despite incredible odds brought on by the recession and NASA cuts. “We have not just survived; we have thrived. We are Space Coast proud.”
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Melbourne Airport Authority chairman William Potter also expressed gratitude and admiration for the community groups which joined together toward the common goal of job replacement.
“From the Governor, to the Department of Economic Opportunity, to Space Florida, to Brevard County, to the City of Melbourne and to the Economic Development Commission, we extend our appreciation for the manner in which we have been able to work together to bring about this extraordinarily important accomplishment for our community,” he said. “We are extremely grateful to Northrop Grumman for its decision to make this very substantial investment in our community.”
Signs boasting “I’m Space Coast Proud!” are appearing in store fronts and car windows throughout the area, thanking Northrop Grumman for their continued investment in their hometown. The twitter hashtag #SpaceCoastProud is predicted to trend today.
Back in 2005, the airport board and staff embarked on an economic development program that included vision, communication and promises kept.
That has not only attracted new business to the job-thirsty Space Coast area; it kept the big guns in the backyard.
As far as vision, airport authority chairman William Potter points to a staff and board leadership that had the foresight to build an onsite infrastructure that kept costs down for potential tenants.
“This brings home the message that MLB provides a business environment conducive to growth,” said Potter.
“We keep our promises, pure and simple. While other airports are struggling with timelines to design and build water lines and tarmacs, we are able to say, ‘Start tomorrow. We’re ready for you.’ The cost savings to the tenant are sometimes in the millions.”