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Vandenberg Space Force Base plans military, commercial expansion to boost local economy

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The future of space could be right here on the Central Coast, and private and public sectors are joining forces to bring about economic growth and space exploration.

On Thursday, REACH, a Central Coast economic impact nonprofit, announced its partnership (memorandum of understanding or “MOU”) with the 30th Space Wing, Santa Barbara County, Cal Poly SLO, Deloitte, and Go-Biz to develop a master plan for commercial space at Vandenberg Space Force Base.

“We can be a technological leader in one of the most beautiful places on Earth,” said Santa Barbara County District 3 Supervisor Joan Hartman.

On more than 100,000 acres of land along the California coast, the newly-named Vandenberg Space Force Base powers 16,000 jobs and generates $4.5 billion annually for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

A new plan aims to grow that to $6 billion and an additional 2,000 jobs per year over the next decade.

“The global market for launch is a key leading indicator…

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