Posted on November 23rd, 2020

MAMA Plans January Site Announcement for New Command and Control Center


Organization Continues to Lead Efforts to Position Michigan as

Premier Commercial Aerospace Destination, Highlights Four Priorities for 2021

Sterling Heights, Michigan, DATE – The Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association will announce the findings of its site-selection process for a new command and control center in January 2021.


The announcement is the third and final in a year-long selection process that identified Oscoda in February as the horizontal space launch site and Marquette in July as the vertical space launch site in Michigan. Nearly a dozen sites throughout the state have been considered for the command and control center. Collectively known as the Michigan Launch Initiative, these three sites will bring an estimated 40,000 new jobs while solidifying Michigan’s place as a premier commercial aerospace destination.


Site selection is based on many factors, including existing commercial and public infrastructure, geographic and terrestrial mapping, living standards and workforce development. The selection process has been led by spaceport consultants BRPH and Kimley-Horn. As development on all sites commences, MAMA will conduct extensive environmental studies and work with consultants to address community concerns.

“MAMA is honored to continue to lead space initiatives for the benefit of our state,” said Executive Director Gavin …

Posted on November 5th, 2020

Kincheloe, MI – Chippewa County EDC Receives $75,000 MEDC Site Readiness Grant

November 5, 2020 – For Immediate Release

            Kincheloe, MI – Chippewa County EDC Receives $75,000 MEDC Site Readiness Grant

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) was recently awarded a $75,000 site readiness grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).  CCEDC was one of ten industrial sites selected throughout the state to receive this award through the competitive Michigan Build Ready Sites program, the targeted grant program of the Site Readiness Improvement program, the grants are aimed at boosting Michigan’s inventory of available properties ready to compete for business attraction projects.  This grant will be utilized for Chippewa County EDC’s Building 430 project, particularly used for a necessary roof replacement.


“These site-ready projects underscore Michigan’s continued commitment to working with our local partners and communities to foster business growth and developing our inventory of shovel ready sites across the state,” said MEDC Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Vice President Josh Hundt. “With the innovative projects our partners have brought forth, we are positioning the state to grow a more resilient economy that will have meaningful impact on our business attraction efforts, and ultimately bring good jobs for Michiganders.”


“We are very thankful and pleased that the …

Posted on November 3rd, 2020

PRESS RELEASE – CHAMP Team Announcement


Space Industry Dream Team joins forces to bring Space Orbital Management Expertise to Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula

Oakman Aerospace and Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation lead a team of industry experts in proposal to Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association for a Command and Control Center to be developed at Chippewa County International Airport


KINROSS, MI – November 2, 2020 An outpouring of community support accompanies the announcement that Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) and Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) have gathered a team of industry experts to lead Michigan’s race to space. The team responded to Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association’s (MAMA) command and control center (C3) site selection search with overwhelming community support for C3 development at Chippewa County International Airport (CIU). While this site would make Kinross an integral part of MAMA’s Michigan Launch Initiative (MLI), there are still a few locations in the running for MAMA’s consideration. What sets the CIU site apart from the competition is the significant early public and private investment in OAI’s Homestead antenna pathfinder/risk reduction efforts, a strong team composition consisting of nationally and internationally recognized subject matter expert (SME) organizations and individuals, and most importantly, community support through local/regional government …

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Chippewa County EDC

5019 Airport Drive, Kincheloe, MI 49788


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