Rocket and aerospace technology company brings corporate headquarters to Space Coast
The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, Enterprise Florida, city of Titusville, Space Florida, and Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority have announced that Rocket Crafters, a Utah-based corporation that holds licenses for advanced hybrid rocket and aerospace composite technologies, as well as proprietary hybrid rocket design and analysis software, will relocate to Titusville.
The company plans to develop and commercialize a new hybrid rocket propulsion technology and leverage an ultra-lightweight, advanced composite material to manufacture dual-propulsion sub-orbital space planes.
Rocket Crafters is focused on space flight training and commercializing the enabling technologies required for the future sub-orbital new space opportunities for both commercial and military applications.
Rocket Crafters will invest $72 million to support operations at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. At full employment, the company's total economic impact is estimated to be more than $48 million.
The company was awarded a State of Florida Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund and workforce incentives to offset the costs of location, production equipment and infrastructure.
The EDC and its project partners worked closely with the company to demonstrate the competitive advantages of locating in Brevard County and developed a competitive proposal outlining the tax advantages and skilled labor pool.
For more information, visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org and www.rocketcrafters.com.
March of Dimes Florida chapter names division director
March of Dimes has announced that Gregory C. Stephens has joined the Florida chapter as division director. He will be based out of the Space Coast Division Office in Melbourne.
Mr. Stephens' responsibilities will be to position the March of Dimes as the leader in maternal and child health with key decision makers throughout Brevard County.
His first priority will be to mobilize a team of volunteers to organize a division board that will effectively execute fundraising activities and implement educational programs.
Mr. Stephens has a wealth of nonprofit knowledge and seven years of experience as the area executive director for the American Cancer Society in Brevard.
In his role at the American Cancer Society, he successfully increased revenue by 72 percent and was a three-time recipient of the "Chairman's Cup," the highest area achievement award.
Mr. Stephens served in the United States Army as a medical specialist. He is a member with L.E.A.D Brevard Class of 2007.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com/florida or www.nacersano.org.
Brevard Zoo hires new human resources director
Brevard Zoo has announced that Jacklin Fisher has been hired as the new human resources director for the Zoo. Ms. Fisher will be responsible for managing the Zoo's recruiting, compliance and employee relations.
Ms. Fisher's professional experience includes working in human resources for Mercedes Homes, Motive Learning, and most recently, Percepta.
She is a certified senior professional in human resources and a local and national member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She is also the immediate past president of the American Society for Training & Development's Space Coast Chapter.
Ms. Fisher has a Master of Arts degree in human resource management from Webster University. She lives in the Suntree area with her husband, two sons, and chihuahua, "Gizmo."
Brevard Zoo is home to 550 animals, representing more than 165 species located in Florida, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia and is at 8225 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 254-9453, Ext. 236 or visit www.brevardzoo.org.
Doctor joins animal emergency specialty team
The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard has announced that Dr. Paula Levine, with more than 20 years of veterinary internal medicine experience, has joined the center's veterinary specialty team.
Paula Levine, a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, enjoys all aspects of internal medicine but has special interests in endoscopy, immune-mediated diseases and endocrine diseases.
On July 12, the center hosted a meet-and-greet reception to introduce Dr. Levine to the Central Florida veterinarians. More than 30 veterinary colleagues attended.
The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard, located at the southwest corner of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Croton Road in Melbourne, offers emergency services for pets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a veterinarian always on the premises.
For more information, call (321) 725-5365, email email@example.com or visit www.centralfloridaanimaler.com.
Sotheby's International Realty welcomes new Brevard agent
Treasure Coast Sotheby's International Realty has announced the addition of Realtor Stormie Baker to its Brevard County Division.
The real estate professional will focus on waterfront properties, as well as real estate in the Grant, Valkaria and Malabar areas of South Brevard.
Ms. Baker is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she earned a communications degree and completed relevant coursework in business management.
Her marketing approach for new clients of Treasure Coast Sotheby's International Realty will harness the global expertise of the luxury real estate firm, with a focus on social media and emerging technologies.
For more information, call (321) 557-7254 or visit www.treasurecoastsir.com.
Brevard Rescue Mission announces board member
The Brevard Rescue Mission has chosen Brian West for its board of directors.
As a Brevard County native of Rockledge, Mr. West has worked in the insurance and financial services field for more than 13 years. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Merritt Island and is married with two children. Mr. West is a State Farm Agent in West Melbourne where he has served the community for six years.
Brevard Rescue Mission is grateful for Brian West's experience and expertise that will help support the continued growth and development of the Brevard Rescue Mission.
Brevard Rescue Mission works to permanently break the cycle of homelessness by providing women with children housing, access to health care, transportation, education, nutrition, job training and life skills in a safe, Christ-centered residential setting.
For more information, call (321) 431-9190 or visit www.brevardrescuemission.org.
Nursing executive joins local Realtor firm
With more than 14 years of nursing experience, Realtor David Copley has joined the sales team of the Melbourne office of Weichert Realtors - Hallmark Properties.
A resident of the area for three years, he will assist homebuyers and sellers in Brevard County. He is a member of the Melbourne Area Association of Realtors and lives in Melbourne.
He holds a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's degree in nursing administration from The University of Akron in Ohio.
Weichert Realtors - Hallmark Properties is located at 7640 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 327-2993 or visit www.weicherthallmark.com.
Satellite Beach area pets go online
Helping Overpopulation of Pets End in Satellite Beach has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on Petfinder.com, the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet. The site currently has more than 359,000 homeless pets listed, and it is updated continuously.
More than 13,700 animal welfare organizations in the United States, Canada and other countries post their pets on the site.
Helping Overpopulation of Pets End pets may be viewed at www.petfinder.com/shelters/FL1178.html.
For more information, call (617) 697-5645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zonta Club awards scholarship
A graduate student in business administration at Florida Tech won this year's Jane M. Klausman Scholarship, awarded by the Zonta Club of Melbourne.
Melisa Salmanoglu, 25, plans to earn her master's degree in December. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey.
The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a woman pursuing undergraduate or master's degrees in business.
The Zonta Club of Melbourne, a member of Zonta International, was chartered in 1983. The club participates in service projects and scholarships, advancing the status of women globally, nationally and locally.
More information can be found at www.zontaspactcoast.org.
Brevard ACT scores increase
Brevard Public Schools received good news on its 2012 American College Testing scores, which were higher than the state average in all areas, including composite.
Brevard Public Schools was the first district in Florida to require its students to take the ACT, whether they are college bound or not. This year, 200 more students completed the ACT, and the overall composite score continues to increase since the requirement began.
For more information, call (321) 633-1000, Ext. 796.
'Lunabotics' competition open for registration
NASA is accepting applications from teams of United States and international undergraduate and graduate students for the fourth annual Lunabotics Mining Competition.
The event will be held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, May 20-24.
Participants in the competition will design and build a remote-controlled or autonomous robot.
During the competition, the teams' designs, known as lunabots, will go head-to-head to determine which machine can excavate and deposit the most simulated lunar dirt within 10 minutes.
The competition is designed to engage and retain students in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines critical to NASA's missions.
For information on the competition and to apply online, visit www.nasa.gov/lunabotics.
Oceanside Charter Chapter offers $1,000 scholarship
Oceanside Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association is funding a special scholarship through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund.
The field of study is unspecified, and the scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000.
In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must be women who:
1. Are citizens of the United States and Brevard County
2. Will be college first or second year level in January 2013;
3. Are attending or have been accepted at a licensed, accredited vocational-technical school or community college, authorized to confer associate degrees
4. And, have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.5, or better, on a 4.0 scale.
To apply, interested parties should send name and email address to: Oceanside Charter Chapter, Anita Carbone at email@example.com.
Applications must be completed by Dec. 1.
For more information, visit, www.abwaoceanside.org.
Sponsors, vendors wanted for shooting challenge fundraiser
Florida Partners in Crisis is offering opportunities for sponsors and vendors for its third annual Performance Shooting Challenge fundraiser.
The event draws law enforcement and marksmanship enthusiasts from around the state.
This year, it will be held Oct. 26 at Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club in Palm Bay.
One $2,500 sponsor will get its company logo on the event sports bag, plus 12 lunch tickets and entry for 12 competitors.
Other sponsorships range from a $100 "Friend" to $1,500 T-shirt sponsors. Each includes a number of lunch tickets and entry fees.
All sponsors will be recognized on signs.
There is no vendor fee, but each will be asked to donate an item valued at $50, or more, for a raffle. One lunch ticket comes with each vendor space, which is available on a first-come, first served basis.
The deadline for sports bag and T-shirt sponsorships is Friday, Sept. 21. Deadline for other sponsorships is Oct. 17.
More information is available at www.performanceshootingchallenge.com. Potential sponsors and vendors should contact Partners executive director Gail Cordial at firstname.lastname@example.org or (321) 453-8825.
Florida Partners is Crisis is a statewide organization, based on Merritt Island, that unites representatives of the public and private sector to promote cost-effective use of tax dollars in the treatment of mental illness and substance abuse to help create safer communities.
More information about Florida Partners in Crisis is available at www.flpic.org.
Shelter services for at-risk youth
Crosswinds Youth Services, a local nonprofit organization providing services to youth who have run away, are homeless, or otherwise in crisis, has announced it has received a $1,000 grant, as part of the inaugural Restaurant Community Grant Program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.
The donation will enable Crosswinds' Robert E. Lehton Children's Shelter to meet the highest standards of quality and nutrition in meals provided to children and youth in the shelter.
Restaurants within the Darden family - Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 - are helping to award more than $1.7 million in local grants to nearly 900 exceptional nonprofit organizations nationwide.
For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit www.darden.com/commitment/community.asp. For additional information on Crosswinds Youth Services, please visit www.crosswindsyouthservices.org.
Teens attend American Youth Gathering
Teens from Ascension Lutheran Church in Indian Harbour Beach recently attended the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Youth Gathering in New Orleans.
More than 33,300 Lutheran youth from around the world attended the 2012 gathering.
The five-day event, entitled "Citizens with the Saints" (Ephesians 2:14-20), brought Lutheran youth, between the ages of 15 and 19 together for education, fellowship, community service and spiritual growth.
The youth returned with great stories and memories.
If you would like more information about Ascension Lutheran Church in Indian Harbour Beach or the next gathering in 2015, call youth coordinator Sandy Carnival at (321) 537-6585.
Women in Construction announces new officers
The National Association of Women in Construction, Space Coast Chapter, has announced its new officers.
. President: Terri Hart,
ice president of VA
. Vice president: Karen
. Treasurer: Linda Havens,
accountant for Your
Home of Florida
. Secretary: Christi Baker,
bookkeeper for Alerion
Door & Glass Inc.
. Director: Debra Mallard,
president of VA Paving
. Director: Terri Holmes,
estimator of David Boland
. Immediate past
president: Kathy Ogle,
officer manager of Sena
The Women in Construction Association was founded in 1953.
It provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more.
For more information, call (321) 288-8809.
Early Career psychologist award
Honoring a strong commitment to integrated healthcare, Brevard Healthcare Forum executive director Kristi Van Sickle was recently awarded the Judy E. Hall Early Career Psychologist award by The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (National Register).
This award, named in honor of National Register's executive officer Judy Hall, is given annually to a registrant with less than 10 years of post-doctoral experience and supports a specific project relevant to the mission, vision and values of the National Register.
Dr. Van Sickle developed and supervises a practicum placement for Florida Tech clinical psychology doctoral students serving as primary care team members within the Brevard Health Alliance Rockledge clinic.
From January 2011 through July 2012, 447 unduplicated patients were seen for a total of 921 behavioral health appointments. These are economically disadvantaged patients who were unlikely to have received behavioral services otherwise.
The award includes a recognition plaque, a check for $1,500 and an citation in "The Register Report," National Register's biannually-published magazine.
For more information, visit www.brevardhealthcareforum.org.
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