BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast’s Vice President of Business Development Edgar Campa-Palafox was appointed this month to the National Space Club Board of Directors.
Headquartered on Florida’s Space Coast, the National Space Club Florida Committee is a non-profit corporation composed of passionate individuals representing industry, government, the Department of Defense, regional educational institutions, and the public. These individuals share the same mission – increase public awareness of America’s aerospace programs.
Campa-Palafox joined the EDC in August 2020 as the director of business development and is responsible for the development and implementation of a county-wide EDC Business Development program, seeking to both recruit and help existing ones to grow. He works as a key liaison with partners and clients to market and expand economic development opportunities for the Space Coast.
Campa-Palafox’s professional experience has been centered in the economic development field, with more than 14 years of experience working with public-private, county, and municipal economic development organizations in Florida, Texas and Arizona. During his career, he has had the opportunity to engage in almost every aspect of the profession, including economic research; incentives policy; business attraction, retention and expansion; and supplier, industrial, and entrepreneurial development.
Prior to joining the EDC team, Campa-Palafox served in different capacities in the industry, including working as Economic Development Coordinator with Alachua County, Florida; Senior Economic Development Specialist with City of El Paso, Texas; and Business Development Specialist with Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities in Tucson, Arizona.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, double major in Business Economics and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona. He also attended the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain where he completed courses in business and economics.
Campa-Palafox holds a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC); a Master Economic Development Practitioner (MEDP) designation from the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) program offered by a consortium of public universities (Clemson University, Texas Christian University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of New Mexico); and a Business Incubation Management (BIM) certificate from the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).
The National Space Club Florida Committee is a non-profit corporation composed of passionate individuals representing industry, government, the Department of Defense, regional educational institutions, and the public. These individuals share the same mission; increase public awareness of America’s aerospace programs.
With goals to promote awareness of the space program, sponsor educational initiatives, and recognize achievements by those inspiring individuals who have made impactful contributions to the space program in Florida, the National Space Club Florida Committee welcomes all of those who have a passion for the aerospace industry.
The National Space Club Florida hosts a number of events each year that include topical luncheons, networking socials, Celebrate Space – a major evening event each October – and its annual signature event in April, the black-tie Kurt Debus Award Dinner.
The National Space Club Florida Committee is one of two regional committees of the National Space Club and Foundation in Washington D.C. with the other located in Huntsville, Alabama.
The National Space Club Florida Committee shares the same objectives that have guided the National Space Club and Foundation in Washington, D.C. since it was formed in 1958:
■ Promote America’s space leadership through conferences and other literary and educational means.
■ Stimulate the advancement of civilian and military applications of rocketry and astronautics and related technologies for the benefit of all mankind.
■ Bring together persons from the federal government, industry, educational institutions, the press and other walks of life for the exchange of information on rocketry and astronautics, and through them to inform the public at large.
■ Provide suitable recognition and do honor to organizations and individuals who have contributed to the advancement of rocketry and astronautics.
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is dedicated to attracting new business and investment and expanding existing industry throughout the Space Coast, influencing change on government laws and regulations affecting economic development, promoting the Space Coast to encourage new investment, supporting efforts of Space Coast military installations, and relaying new programs and procedures to assist manufacturing and high-tech companies.
The EDC is a private, not-for-profit coalition whose stakeholders are business leaders committed to the economic growth and stability of Florida’s Space Coast.
To learn more about the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast and its officers visit SpaceCoastEDC.org.
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