Spaceports could be example of future economy, time will tell its worth

Updated: Aug 1, 2020

Three locations in the First District have been identified as locations for MAMA Spaceport facilities.

MARQUETTE, Mich. — The Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) has announced its selection of a space launch site in Marquette in addition to Oscoda, Michigan.

The MAMA will also build an autonomous vehicle proving grounds in Chippewa County. With a control center, these sites are said to create more than 2,000 jobs in the First District.

Other than the proposed location, right now we know little about the project. It's essential the environmental standards that protect land and water from emissions are adhered to. This may be a #FutureEconomy initiative worthy of celebration, but community input and support will be vital to its progress.

Yoopers and Northern Michiganders care deeply about the natural ecology and environmental landscape of their surroundings and a citizen petition of over 12,000 signees needs to be taken very seriously. The voice of the people is more powerful than the political will of private enterprise. Whether due to a communication lapse or serious environmental threat, it's critical policymakers engage the public with full transparency and consideration of concerned citizens.

Dana's first priority is the sustainability of the district. Balancing good paying jobs and scientific advancement with environmental protection is always difficult, but possible. He looks forward to learning more about how the MAMA project will affect the area and whether or not it fits within the collective vision of the district.

Any time the First District has the opportunity to create thousands of new jobs in the next five yearsand spur economic growth in surrounding communities—it should be taken into consideration, but it cannot be done brashly and without regard to citizen demand. Risks to the environment can beget a direction not conducive with the distinct identity of the First District and why so many people choose to call this wondrous place home.

Due to citizen feedback, Dana Ferguson will now reserve enthusiasm or objection to the spaceport until the release of further details and contingencies.

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