NASA's next-generation Earth observation satellite, NPP, arrived on Aug. 29, 2011, at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base slated to launch on Oct. 25, 2011. NPP will bridge data from the nation's aging polar-orbiting satellite systems with next-generation Earth observation satellites. The satellite is equipped with instruments that will reduce the margin of error in weather forecasts and provide higher fidelity data for meteorologists. NPP will also provide more frequent data transmissions to eliminate existing data gaps, which is critical in predicting a hurricane's track and narrowing the cone of uncertainty.
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Reeves Brown, executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), announced Sept. 1, 2011, $54,655,280 in annual state Severance Tax and Federal Mineral Lease Direct Distribution payments will be made to 506 Colorado counties, municipalities and school districts.
On August 26, 2011, the Colorado Space Coalition (CSC) sponsored its annual Congressional Briefing Breakfast discussing the importance of aerospace to Colorado's economy.
Major milestone for region's transit expansion program
Mayor Michael B. Hancock introduced Aug. 31, 2011, his all-star economic development team selected to refocus and reenergize the City's Office of Economic Development (OED) to grow jobs and create a sustainable business environment in Denver.
The Space Foundation has signed an agreement with Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo) that will provide significant benefits to the community and the University's teacher education program, including distance education, internships, pre-service and in-service instruction as well as collaborative research and service opportunities.
The Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) developed Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Common Ground System achieved a major milestone on the road to NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) launch with the successful completion of the NPP Compatibility Test 4 this August. This is the last major comprehensive test prior to the scheduled October launch.
Ongoing and emerging security threats, aging civil and space infrastructure, fiscal challenges and keeping and creating jobs all present our nation with enormous challenges. This year's National Aerospace Week, an event established by Congress, will focus on informing the debate over choices our government will make in the coming months.
The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) has announced a new leadership appointment to its Executive Committee.Bob Deibel, president and owner of OfficeScapes, has been appointed to a two-year term as co-chair of the Metro Denver EDC Executive Committee. Deibel joins existing co-chair Todd Munson, president and Colorado market manager for JPMorgan Chase & Co. John Beeble, president and CEO of Saunders Construction Inc., has completed a two-year term as co-chair of the Executive Committee and is the chair-elect of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Consisting of 50 Metro Denver EDC investors representing a cross-section of Metro Denver's companies and industries, the Executive Committee oversees the Metro Denver EDC's budget and guides strategic goals to improve and expand the region's economic competitiveness and industry base, as well as influence effective business policy."I'm delighted to serve as co-chair for the Metro Denver EDC with Todd Munson. The coalition of the business community is a critical element to support the exceptional efforts of the Metro Denver EDC," said Deibel. "I look forward to building on those successes and to further position Metro Denver as a world-class site for corporate relocation and expansion."Deibel previously served as a co-chair for the Metro Denver Aviation Coalition, an industry-focused affiliate of the Metro Denver EDC dedicated to the continued growth and development of Metro Denver's aviation industry. Deibel also serves on the board of directors for several area organizations including the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Brighton Economic Development Council, Colorado Succeeds, and World Presidents Organization. He is a member of the University of Colorado at Denver School of Business Advisory Board. Deibel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Colorado College.
Funds to create jobs by expanding highway repairs and roadway safety