The Most Common Question
People always ask residents of Brevard County: Was the economy hurt when the Space Shuttle program was closed down?
The two-fold answer is: Yes, we took a hit. But we are rebounding. Between October, 2014 and October, 2015 5,500 private sector payroll jobs were added in Brevard County.
Kennedy Space Center is still the launch location of choice in the United States. And private enterprise aerospace companies love Brevard County. In 2014 there were 495 Aerospace companies with more on the way. All of the major players have facilities here: Northrop Grumman, Boeing, SpaceX, Lockheed Martin, and – literally – hundreds more.
Of course, space isn’t the only game in town.
Port Canaveral is the busiest cruise port in the world, and still growing. And that’s only the tip of the tourism iceberg. The beaches, cruises and Space Center draw the tourists in, but our other attractions keep them here. Unique shopping and dining opportunities are found throughout the county; in Downtown Melbourne, Eau Gallie Arts District, and Historic Downtown Cocoa provide quaint atmospheres, while the Melbourne Square Mall, Merritt Island Mall, and Avenue Viera put it all together for you in one place.
Florida’s Space Coast has a vibrant, growing economy. Whether you work in aerospace or tourist related industries, or offer professional services, manufacturing, trade, or health services, Brevard County is a great place to work.