Spaceport Camden project could be revived with private investment, project manager says

WOODBINE, Ga. – A month after Camden County voters rejected a plan to sell land for a long-planned business launch pad, citizens will hear a pitch from private investors who hope to breathe new life into the project.

Steve Howard, Camden County Administrator and Spaceport Camden Project Manager, said representatives from Spearhead Capital will hold a public workshop session with the county commission to discuss the creation of a special fund to raise funds from private investors.

The workshop is scheduled to take place April 7 at 5 p.m. in the Camden County Commission Chamber at 200 East 4th St. in Woodbine.

“We are excited to hear from this company next week; what their vision is and how well they can align with this public-private partnership opportunity that we think would be great to leverage,” Howard said. “So we have an incredible opportunity to not just design it, build it, launch it, land it here in the future, right here on Georgian soil. So what an opportunity to do amazing things for a $400 billion industry right now, which they believe will grow into a trillion dollar industry.

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Jim Goodman has been one of the most vocal opponents of the Spaceport project and told News4JAX he doesn’t trust private investors on the project which he calls disastrous.

“It’s just a failed business in every way. So I think people who really think about it won’t be swayed by that,” Goodman said. “It puts humans at risk. There will be disturbing and unknown contaminants in the soil. It’s not a viable business plan.

So far, the county has spent more than seven years and more than $10 million on the Spaceport project.

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