from the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation, the company that operates
the Kodiak Launch Complex, provided an update on its economic benefits to the
state and specifically to Kodiak at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce's monthly
luncheon Monday. They also discussed plans to expand the facility and the
potential to become a rapid launch-capable site.
KMXT's Erik Wander has more.
According to AADC,
the "positive economic benefit" it provides to the state is about 28-million
dollars and the impact on Kodiak is some 17-million dollars. The company
estimates that it positively benefits the local community in the areas of
utilities consumption, construction and maintenance, retail, transportation
professional services and telecommunications. Dale Nash is the CEO of AADC. He
emphasized purchasing goods and services locally.
-- (Nash 1 43 sec. "It's a fairly significant impact
... electricity, all of that.")
Some members of
the community however question exactly where that economic benefit is being
seen. Mike Sirofchuck is one example. He said that the fact that AADC provides
all the data raises questions about the numbers.
-- (Sirofchuck 1 43 sec. "All the data was supplied by ... where that money went.")
for KLC, which will come at a cost of 42-million dollars in state and federal
funding and will put a second launch pad in the facility, are underway. Nash
explained the need for the expanded facility.
-- (Nash 2 50 sec. "We struggled with injuries ... gotten
better over the weeks.")
expanding the facility would pave the way for the launch complex to become a
rapid launch facility. Currently it takes about six months to prepare for a
launch for AADC's only current costumer, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.
-- (Nash 3 27 sec. "We've had people very high ... the
payloads, everything else.")
AADC's data, in fiscal year 2008, AADC's its expenditures for goods and
services, including subcontractor services and the road construction project,
providing greater access to KLC, generated roughly 13.6-million dollars in
direct payments to businesses in Kodiak. Nash expects the expansion project to
similarly benefit local businesses.