PwC’s 2020 Aerospace manufacturing attractiveness rankings (PDF) lists the State of Georgia as the number one state in the country for aerospace manufacturing. According to the report, “[Georgia’s Aerospace and Defense] workforce of 108,000 is employed by more than 800 aerospace companies. Aerospace products, valued at $10.8 billion, account for the state’s top exports and represent the second largest manufacturing industry in the state, representing $57.5 billion in economic impact.”
Separately, a report by CBAER (PDF) at Georgia Southern University found that Camden County already accounts for 278 of Georgia’s 926 direct space industry jobs. According to CBAER, “Camden County has a significantly higher level of specialization in the primary launch sector than does the state of Georgia…the addition of a spaceport could help increase the employment and wages already present in this area.”
Direct space industry gross regional product has increased since 2008 for both Georgia and Camden County, while data shows (PDF) statewide GRP has grown by 88% and in Camden County by 125%. The average annual wages per worker in Camden County are $42,757, while the direct space sector average wages are $150,190 in 2019. This means that a typical job in the space sector earns 3.5 times the regional norm.
“Georgia is the number one state in which to do business, as well as the number one state for aerospace manufacturing. Coupled with Camden’s existing expertise in the space industry, we are poised for massive growth with the approval of Spaceport Camden,” said Steve Howard, Camden County administrator and Spaceport Camden project lead.
Camden County officials have previously touted Spaceport Camden’s potential to support transitioning military from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and to employ aerospace engineers from Georgia Tech University, the nation’s largest producer of engineers. Camden County anticipates a final decision on its Launch Site Operator’s License Application by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the spring of 2021.