Partners for Stennis & Michoud Center Director's Briefing Set for March 19

From:  News Release   3/13/19   GCN
Hancock Co., Miss. Mar. 11, 2019 – The 8th Annual Partners for Stennis & Michoud Center Director’s Briefing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th at 8:30 a.m. at the Great Southern Club.  This event brings together over 100 business and industry leaders from Mississippi and Louisiana to hear a yearly report directly from key leadership at Stennis Space Center, the U.S. Navy and the Michoud Assembly Facility.  Speakers for this year include Dr. Richard Gilbrech, Director of Stennis Space Center; Rear Admiral John Okon, Commander of Naval Meteorology & Oceanography Command at Stennis; and Roslin Hicks, Acting Director of the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility.
“We want decision makers and interested citizens to know and understand the value and importance of these two NASA assets and what it means to all of us as a significant source of employment and income for this region,” said Michael McDaniel with Aerojet Rocketdyne who chairs the Partners organization.
Sponsors for the Center Director’s Briefing include Hancock Whitney Bank, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Ochsner Medical Center – Hancock, Keesler Federal Credit Union, SAIC, A2R Research, The Peoples Bank, Colsa Corporation and Emco Technologies.
Great Southern Club is located on the top floor of the Hancock Whitney Bank Headquarters at 2510 14th Street in Gulfport.  Doors will open at 8 a.m., and the program and breakfast will begin promptly at 8:30.  The program is expected to conclude at 10 a.m.  The event is open to governmental leaders and members of Chambers of Commerce in the two-state region. To register go to:
NASA Stennis Space Center is a unique federal and commercial city that is home to more than 50 federal, state, academic and private organizations and numerous technology-based companies.  For more than five decades, Stennis has served as America’s largest rocket engine test complex.  Located in Hancock County, Mississippi, on the Louisiana border, the center offers a workforce of 5,000 civil servants, contractors, scientists and engineers, providing a significant source of employment and income in the two-state region.  The direct economic impact of the center in the surrounding 50-mile radius is $583.8 million. The direct global economic impact is $875.3 million.

Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, is managed by Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.  This facility is essential to NASA’s human space exploration mission.  It is home to one of the world’s largest indoor manufacturing facilities, has 900,000 square feet of office space, a deep-water port used for transportation and its own dedicated rail head.  Michoud’s importance to Louisiana and the nation goes beyond NASA.  Michoud provides a significant source of employment and income in the two-state region. Its multi-tenant facility houses government agencies and private companies that support 3,500 employees on site every day.  The direct economic impact of the facility in the region is around $342 million.  The direct global economic impact is $800 million.

Partners for Stennis & Michoud is a coalition of Mississippi and Louisiana citizens and businesses.  We advocate for the support and growth of these two NASA assets that create a demand for a highly skilled regional workforce.  We also support the marketing of Stennis and Michoud as a two-state technology corridor.  Our members are volunteer representatives from businesses, chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, educational institutions, local governments, community groups and private citizens.