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Citizens is a national grassroots, pro-space exploration movement designed to promote awareness of the value to our nation and the world of America’s human space exploration program. Citizens provides Congressional offices, Chamber Partners and Space Coast community leaders weekly updates on key space-related developments associated with national policy, budgets, and program advances with regard to the Orion spacecraft, the Space Launch System, International Space Station and Commercial Cargo and Crew. In addition, Citizens travels to Washington, D.C. annually to meet with Members of Congress and their staff to discuss the benefits of our nation’s investment in space exploration.
University Student Sponsors include: Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Recognition Committee; Brevard County Tourist Development Council; Cocoa Beach Hotel Association; Craig Technologies; Florida Power & Light; FL Space Day Committee; and Lockheed Martin.
Going to Washington, D.C. provides a unique opportunity for Space Coast business and community leaders to communicate directly with Members of Congress and their staff, as well as NASA officials and astronauts, concerning their personal support for space exploration. Be part of the largest, pro-space exploration, grassroots group working with Congress on behalf of human space exploration. In 2015, Citizens brought 95 individuals (including 32 university students) from 23 states for meetings with 376 Congressional offices, as well as an opening night meeting presentation by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, and an evening Congressional reception.
There are not set meetings for Citizens for Space Exploration. Instead, Chamber Partners are encouraged to join Citizens in D.C. during the May timeframe each year for our annual trip to meet with Congress.
Citizens travels annually to Washington, D.C. to meet with Members of Congress and their staff in the May timeframe to advocate on behalf of human space exploration.
2017 Trip is scheduled for May 23-25 – For more info. visit: CitizensforSpace.org
Joe Mayer, Chair
Director of Government Relations – FL
Roy Tharpe (Vice Chair)
There is not a fee to be part of Citizens For Space Exploration. Members who travel to Washington, D.C. are responsible for their own travel and hotel costs, though small businesses may have the opportunity to apply for sponsorship support provided by the Chamber. In order to fund the participation of as many as 25-35 university students from around the country (including 4-6 from FL) to travel to Washington, D.C. for meetings with Congress, Citizens does accept sponsorship donations from Chamber Partners.
There is no membership application. A company interested in the potential for sponsorship support from the Chamber to participate in the annual trip to Washington, D.C. does need to communicate that in writing to the President/CEO of the Chamber and the Chair of Citizens for Space Exploration.