Citizens for Space Exploration

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Citizens for Space Exploration 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 provide Congressional offices, Chamber Partners, and Space Coast community leaders weekly updates on critical space-related developments associated with national policy, budgets, and program advances concerning the space program.​ Also, Citizens travel 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.

 

Why Join?

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 support for space exploration. Be part of the largest, pro-space exploration, a 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.

 

Meeting Info

There aren’t any 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.

 

Event Info.

Citizens travel annually to Washington, D.C., to meet with Members of Congress and their staff in the May timeframe, advocating on behalf of human space exploration.

For more info. visit: CitizensforSpace.org

 

Leadership

Chair:

Barry Bohnsack
Lockheed Martin
321-443-4738
barry.bohnsack@lmco.com

 

Jennifer Sugarman, IOM
CBRCC President & CEO
321-454-2027
jsugarman@cocoabeachchamber.com

 

 

 

Annual Fee

There is not a fee to be part of Citizens for Space Exploration. Members who travel to Washington, D.C. are responsible for their travel and hotel costs, though small businesses may have the opportunity to apply for sponsorship support provided by the Chamber. 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 do accept sponsorship donations from Chamber Partners.

There is no membership application. If a company is interested in a sponsorship for attendees​,​ written communication to the President/CEO of the Chamber, and the Chair of Citizens for Space Exploration is required.