FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2001
CONTACT: Steve Maviglio
SACRAMENTO -Governor Gray Davis today announced that 15 California organizations that conduct activities intended to enhance or promote space flight will share $2 million in matching grants for projects designed to improve California's international competitiveness in the space marketplace.
"California serves as the global leader of the commercial space industry," Governor Davis said. "In an increasingly competitive world environment, the investment we make in these ideas today is essential to create the economic benefits and high quality jobs our state will enjoy tomorrow."
The California Competitive Space Grant Program provides funds necessary for California-based entities to leverage private sector, federal and state resources to complete projects related to the commercial use of space, space vehicle launches, space launch infrastructure, manufacturing, applied research, technology development, economic diversification and business development. Eligible applicants include private sector companies, foundations, industry associations and nonprofit cooperative associations.
The Highway to Space and Space Flight Competitive Grant Programs were created by the Governor and the California State Legislature to ensure the continued growth of innovation in California's commercial space industry .
The California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency serves as the State's principal catalyst for innovation, investment and economic opportunity, enhancing the quality of life for all Californians. The Competitive Space Grant Program is administered by the Agency's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation, a partnership ensuring a technology driven economy for all Californians.