Camden County Administrator Steve Howard believes a proposed spaceport in his county has the potential to positively impact the economy throughout the region.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity,” he told an audience Wednesday at King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island.

Howard explained the link the proposed site had with the aerospace industry in the 1960s when rocket engines were tested there. He said more than 700 employees worked at the site and it has potential for a spaceport to bring lots of high-tech jobs to the region.

“We made history in the 60s. We have a chance to make history again on the coast,” he said.

An estimated 10,000 acres would be in conservation if the Federal Aviation Administration approves the ongoing environmental assessment at the 12,000-acre site, Howard said.

“This is a redevelopment project,” he said. “We see this as a great opportunity.”

Howard said the aerospace industry has expressed lots of interest in the site and he told the audience he envisions the day when they are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the site.

“It’s about job creation,” he said. “It’s about Georgia’s next generation.”

Jonathan Roberts, of Roberts Civil Engineering, said Wednesday’s meeting was the second he has organized as a way for county and city officials throughout the region to discuss and learn more about issues of local concern and ways to operate municipalities more efficiently.

He described the proposed spaceport project as a “vision from a neighboring county that’s inspirational.”

“It gets cities and counties together,” Roberts said. “We want to use our company as a resource to discuss topics of interest.”

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