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Business Leaders Want Wallops Front and Center

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SALISBURY, Md. - In a real estate symposium held Friday morning at Salisbury University, local business, economic and real estate leaders worked to develop strategies to better market the region.  Wallops Island was a major talking point and many believe should be a valued asset for the peninsula used to lure more businesses and jobs to the region.

"The key to the future of Salisbury and the other areas is the ability to create a regional collaboration and partnership between Wallops and that part of Eastern Shore Virginia with the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the Baltimore and Washington area," said David Wilk, The National Director of Corporate Real Estate and Advisory Services for Sperry Van Ness.

Along with all of the rocket launches, the Wallops Flight Facility is looking to grow its unmanned aerial system capabilities for companies to take advantage of.  Also, there is a goal to create a collaboration of colleges to study and develop strategies to protect the coastline.

"As those things continue to grow, and there are some other opportunities, like if we are designated a UAS, unmanned aerial test site, that will bring in more small businesses mostly, and some large businesses as well. So I think there is tremendous opportunity," said Caroline Massey, the Assistant Director of Management Operations at the Wallops Flight Facility.

Wallops was certainly not the only local asset discussed in the symposium Friday morning, but its potential value in bringing in new business and jobs made it a popular option.

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