Midland City Council approves Kelper Aerospace to sublease at Spaceport

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Midland City Council approved Tuesday to allow Kepler Aerospace, a Florida based satellite company, to sublease at the Midland Air and Spaceport. This comes after Orbital Outfitters went bankrupt, vacating the 17,000 square foot building.

We believe we’ve had a couple of false starts with some of those development dollars that have been spent toward the space port so far and they are doing a really good job of bringing viable companies into our community.

Lori Blong, Midland City Council District 4

Kepler is not getting a cash incentive, but instead an abatement (meaning if they meet contractually obligated job growth numbers, they will have taxes reduced). In two years now, the MDC has approved two out of state satellite companies in an attempt to revamp the business park and the spaceport. Councilmembers believe this is a growing industry and could bring dollars to Midland for the future.

The air and space port is really an asset to our community. There’s very few air and space port in the United States so this is a growing industry – there’s a lot of development dollars being pumped in to this, and Midland is set up well to capture some of those…

Lori Blong, Midland City Council District 4

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