(Kennedy Space Center, FL) – TOMORROW, Friday, September 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24) will host a meeting of local community leaders to discuss efforts to ensure that small businesses and start-up companies have accesses to federal economic development funding for the Space Coast provided through the Presidential Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development. Kosmas will be joined by officials from Space Florida, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, and community bankers.

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently announced a $35 million in grant opportunities aimed to assist economic development efforts on the Space Coast. The grant program, named the Space Coast Regional Innovation Cluster (RIC) Competition, is a fast-track competitive grant process with the aim of identifying and funding promising job creation and economic development initiatives to sustain the coordinated economic development and diversification of Florida’s Space Coast region.

As a former small business owner, Suzanne Kosmas is focused on supporting small businesses so they can continue creating jobs and investing in our communities. She has introduced or sponsored numerous bills to provide tax relief to small businesses, to cut taxes for entrepreneurs, and to support small business incubator programs.

*Please note: the event is open to the press but not open to the public.*

WHO: Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24), Space Florida Officials, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast

WHAT: Space Coast Small Business Development Meeting

WHEN: Friday, September 17, 2010, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center
Debus Building
SR 405
Kennedy Space Center, FL, 32899