This month, the Aerozone Alliance was thrilled to submit a letter to President Biden advocating on behalf of the NASA Glenn Research Center.
We expressed our full support for NASA GRC and the incredible work being accomplished here in our community to facilitate our nation’s mission to go to the Moon, to Mars, and beyond.
Furthermore, we are pleased to share NASA Administrator Bill Nelson broadcasted his annual State of NASA remarks on March 9, 2023. The State of NASA address coincides with the Biden-Harris Administration’s fiscal year 2024 budget proposal release earlier today and will include top-level information regarding the status of the NASA GRC’s funding requests. The President’s full budget proposal for NASA and supporting information will post online about 10 a.m. EDT, Monday, March 13, and the agency will hold a follow-up media call at 1 p.m. EDT.
NASA GRC’s funding requests to the Biden Administration will have an immensely positive impact on the work already underway. Our civic and industry leaders both within the Aerozone District, in Northeast Ohio, and broadly across Ohio, are working with a deeper sense of commitment and diligence to leverage the science research that is being developed at NASA to help scale up Ohio’s advanced technology industries. And perhaps more importantly, utilizing NASA to catalyze, inspire, and engage more historically disenfranchised youth and families to connect into the STEM fields.
The Aerozone Alliance is committed to supporting NASA GRC’s program leadership and procurement authority capacities. Over the years, there has been a recognizable decrease in in-state spending on contracts emanating from NASA Glenn Research Center. As we have seen at other Centers, when program and procurement authority resides locally at Centers, businesses have an incremental incentive to co-locate near the Center, invest private sector capital, and create good local jobs.
Given that Ohio is the number 1 supplier to Boeing and Airbus, the Aerozone Alliance recognizes NASA GRC is perfectly positioned to execute NASA’s programs.
We are so grateful to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and U.S. Senator JD Vance, along with a strong bipartisan coalition of Ohio’s delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives., for their full-throated endorsement of the FY24 appropriations requests contained in the correspondence to the Biden Administration. You can read the letters below.