Published: Jun 04, 2010 6:46 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 04, 2010 3:46 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A federal task force aimed at boosting Florida's economy after the shuttle program ends is hearing ideas to include in its final report.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and NASA administrator Charles Bolden were among those who participated in a town hall meeting Friday.

They listened to passionate pleas for help from company leaders bracing for massive job losses after the last scheduled launch in November. The two are co-chairs of a task force ordered by President Barack Obama that is funded with $40 million.

Bolden said Friday that about $30 million would go toward job growth. The other $10 million toward job training. The task force will submit a final report to the president by Aug. 15.