Senator Warner introduces legislation boosting spaceports

Virginia Senator Mark Warner and Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan introduced bipartisan legislation to support spaceports across the nation.

The legislation will increase investment in space and address the spaceport bottleneck.

The Alleviate Spaceport Traffic by Rewarding Operators Act, or ASTRO, would award funding to spaceports with a track record of launches, protecting and promoting America’s strategic, military, and commercial interests in space exploration while supporting their local economies.

The ASTRO Act would help private spaceports get the resources they need to improve the infrastructure and increase launch capacity and cadence.

Through the Act, spaceports would receive $250,000 for each licensed launch and $100,000 for each permitted launch up to $2.5 million to promote investment in spaceports that have a record of successful launches.

One of the spaceports eligible for those funds includes Wallops Island in Virginia.

To view the Senator’s full release, click here.

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Youngkin announces $2.9 million in small business and historic revitalization grants

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced $2.9 million in grants for 45 projects across the Commonwealth.

The funded projects will revitalize historic commercial districts, expand small businesses and grow local economies.

Some local communities are recipients of the grants including Downtown Front Royal which will receive $15,000 towards Organizational Structure.

The City of Winchester will receive $20,000 for nonprofit restructuring.

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance was one of the largest beneficiaries receiving $100,000 for their Bricks and Clicks program.

In total, the projects will support nearly 650 business, create or expand another 53 businesses, train 140 entrepreneurs, provide 112 improvement projects, and leverage close to a million dollars in private investment.

To view the Governor’s announcement including additional information on the projects, click here.

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