The Binational Workshop on workforce challenges in the space industry, which featured speakers from both the United States and Mexico and was held at the Brownsville Events Center, highlights the growing importance of the space industry in South Texas, particularly with SpaceX's establishment of Starbase at Boca Chica Beach near Brownsville.
This event was welcomed by Brownsville Mayor John Cowen Jr., who emphasized the potential for innovation, scientific discovery, and economic growth within the space sector. He stressed the need for equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills required to thrive in this dynamic field.
“The space industry is an exciting frontier that holds immense potential for innovation, scientific discovery, and economic growth. As we witness the rapid advancement of technology and the increased commercialization of space, it is imperative that we equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in this dynamic sector,” Mayor Cowen said.
The workshop's focus was on critical topics related to the space industry's workforce, including skills and educational requirements.
Mayor Cowen highlighted the importance of identifying the skill sets, training, and educational pathways necessary to meet the industry's demands while benefiting the local communities.
Ministra Judith Arrieta, Acting Consul for the Consulate of Mexico in Brownsville, expressed the significance of people from different parts of the United States coming together for this binational workshop. She emphasized the enduring relationship between the United States and Mexico, which has spanned two centuries. The event aimed to establish an ongoing dialogue and collaboration in various aspects of the space industry, forming a network of individuals passionate about space-related fields.
Carlos Duarte, of the Mexican Space Agency, underscored the importance of such binational workshops in Brownsville, highlighting the collaboration between the City of Brownsville and Matamoros in developing a joint space workforce.