Colorado Lieutenant Governor endorses first Colorado Space Rendezvous
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 22, 2004) -- Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton will open the first Colorado Space Rendezvous on Dec. 8 at the Colorado History Museum in Denver. "As Colorado's delegate to the Aerospace States Association and chair of the Colorado Space Coalition, I am pleased with the potential for the future that this event promises. We have a large space industry and military space presence here in Colorado, which has made us a great place for the future of space. It is a perfect time for Colorado's space-related commercial, civil, academic and military organizations to get together and discuss how we can grow and move forward as a community. That is what the Colorado Space Rendezvous is all about. The Colorado Space Rendezvous is an event whose time has come," said Norton. Norton heads a distinguished group of Colorado leaders in government, business and academia participating as speakers and panel members in the event. The event will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., followed by a reception. More than 200 space business professionals are expected to attend. The unique, broad-scoped, one-day event will bring together diverse Colorado space-related businesses and organizations to foster and develop a strong sense of engagement and community among Colorado's civil, commercial, national security and higher education space constituency. Colorado leaders who made early commitments to participate include Gen. Lance Lord, commander of Air Force Space Command; Tom Clark, executive vice president, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; Drew Crouch, vice president of strategic development, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; Robert Dalal, chief executive officer, Space Imaging; John Deal, chief executive officer, Geo360 Corporation; Dr. John Karas, vice president of space exploration, Lockheed Martin; Raymond Kolibaba, vice president of space systems, Raytheon; retired Gen. John Lorber, vice president of the Colorado region, The Boeing Company; retired Maj. Gen. Timothy McMahon, corporate lead executive, Air Force, Northrop Grumman; Dr. Nigel Middleton, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Colorado School of Mines; Robert Scott, president and chief executive officer, The Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation; Dr. Pamela Shockley-Zalabak, chancellor, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; and Brig. Gen. Richard Webber, commander of the 21st Space Wing. Panels will be held on a variety of critical issues of interest to Colorado leaders and include: "Dollars from space - The economic impact of space activities in Colorado" "An academic approach - Space university research and programs" "A remote sensing roundtable" "Front and center - The critical role of military space in Colorado" "Meet the players - Aerospace contractors from Colorado" "A Capitol view - Perspectives from Washington and the Statehouse" Joining the Colorado Space Business Roundtable and the Space Foundation in organizing the event are the State of Colorado, the Colorado Space Coalition, and the University of Colorado.
About the Space Foundation Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Space Foundation is a national non-profit organization that vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. The Space Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C. and Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Space Foundation annually conducts, along with its partnering organizations, the National Space Symposium, scheduled April 4-7, 2005, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs; and Strategic Space 2005, scheduled Oct. 4-6, 2005, in Omaha, Neb. For more information, visit www.spacefoundation.org.