Rocket launches are on the way for one of the poorest cities in the U.S. after Texas Governor Rick Perry officially revealed the location for SpaceX’s new launch site.
Billionaire Elon Musk’s space transportation company will build the site — the first ever exclusively commercial launch site — about 20 miles east of Brownsville, Texas at Boca Chica Beach.
The site isn’t actually in Brownsville, but the governor’s announcement forecasted it would bring 300 jobs and pour $85 million into the local economy.
As The Verge pointed out the site would be a boon for the impoverished town. Brownsville has a median income of just more than $30,000 with more than 36 percent of the town earning below the poverty rate.
And if local media outlets are anything to go off, it seems officials in the area are optimistic about the opportunities the development could bring, beyond the SpaceX jobs themselves.
"Each launch can bring thousands of tourists to south Texas. We anticipate that that's going to be a significant amount of business that we believe is going to come down."
To learn more about the location choice, watch this Newsy video.