13th-Annual Global Innovator's Award Goes to Space Florida for its work on Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program headquarters and manufacturing site
The initiative, which was pursued successfully by a team led by Space Florida that also included NASA/Kennedy Space Center and Enterprise Florida is estimated to create 550 headquarters, engineering and precision manufacturing/assembly jobs in the local area by December 2015 ̶ the date by which Boeing expects its CST-100 will become operational in carrying astronauts to the International Space Station.
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Space Florida Wins CoreNet Global’s 13th-Annual H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator's Award
Space Florida, the state of Florida’s aerospace economic development agency, was awarded CoreNet Global's 13th-Annual H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator's Award (GIA)for Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program Headquarters and Manufacturing Site for its CST-100 Commercial Crew Capsule. Award results were announced during the Opening General Session at CoreNet Global’s Summit in Orlando on 8 October, 2012.
"Space Florida, NASA/Kennedy Space Center and Boeing are demonstrating the vital importance of public-private partnerships as a strategic resource at a time when the economy is more constrained, yet we need to find the most effective solutions to advancing critical needs surrounding life science, medical advances and technological innovation," said CoreNet Global Chairman Jim Scannell of the Travelers Companies. "Space Florida's work bolsters the case for the viability of manned space flight as it benefits both society and business."
Bernie McShea, Vice President of Business Development for Space Florida, accepted the Global Innovator's Award and commented on the productive use of public assets as a key element of the group's winning formula. "Bringing together the state and federal government with the private sector sets the stage for success in the new era of commercial aerospace,” said McShea. He noted how "unlike traditional government contracting, companies assume much more risk in the public-private partnership model, so by bringing surplus government assets into play and making them available to companies is a meaningful way to create a win-win situation for everyone involved, ultimately at a lower cost to the taxpayer."
The initiative, which was pursued successfully by a team that also included NASA/Kennedy Space Center and Enterprise Florida, is estimated to create 550 headquarters, engineering and precision manufacturing/assembly jobs in the local area by December 2015 ̶ the date by which Boeing expects the CST-100 will become operational in carrying astronauts to the International Space Station.
“Congratulations to Space Florida and its team for their negotiation skills,” said Aditi Sant with Bank of America and one of this year’s GIA judges. “This initiative explored corporate real estate in the full sense of innovation – it touched design, project planning, economic development and sustainability.”
“Each of the candidates demonstrated the willingness to go beyond the status quo to make improvements in their field and be leaders of innovation in the industry,” said Chelsie Butler, Editor of THE LEADER magazine and Awards Manager atCoreNet Global.
How it Works
For purposes specific to the GIA, innovation is defined as an activity or initiative that brings about a paradigm shift in the way business is done in a rapidly globalizing economy. It produces a new concept to practice and makes it a commercial success. It concerns the search for and the discovery, experimentation, development, imitation and adoption of new products, processes and organizational set-ups.
Launched in 2000, the GIA winners have spanned a wide geography, crossed multiple private and public sectors, touched on a diverse range of disciplines and brought an incredible array of precedent-setting case studies. The GIA winner is selected by peers with considerable real estate, workplace and academic experience.
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