Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems has successfully completed a preliminary design review (PDR) of the design, architecture and performance of its Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle. This marks a new milestone in the company's effort to develop transportation for astronauts to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station.
Accelerate Colorado Letter to Commerce Secretary Makes Case for Denver
Seven University of Colorado Boulder graduate students and alumni will go abroad during the 2012-13 academic year to pursue a variety of studies, research and teaching projects as grantees of the prestigious Fulbright program.
The Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) debuted on June 1, 2012, the Colorado Information Marketplace, a comprehensive data-sharing website of statewide information. The Colorado Information Marketplace can be found at data.colorado.gov. OIT launched this platform to enhance productivity and collaboration between state agencies, local government, the private sector and the public. Through this service, users can locate a wide variety of public data including a common directory for all state and local government agencies, locations of healthcare service providers, and access to a comparison of Colorado's schools, to name just a few. The data mining function of the Colorado Information Marketplace will increase government transparency and provide critical information that can easily be searched, sorted and downloaded. "The Colorado Information Marketplace is an innovative way to connect businesses, academics, families, and visitors with the information they need, when and how they need it," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. " This program continues our efforts to ensure that government is working in a transparent, effective and efficient manner." The Colorado Information Marketplace is an innovative approach to access the state's information that will: · Provide the public data in one easily accessible site.· Increase government transparency of public information. · Reduce research efforts and time through using customizable data searches and interactive online resources at one location.· Provide entrepreneurs the opportunities to develop mobile and web applications. · Encourage user feedback for development of the site and dataset offerings. Another aspect of the Colorado Information Marketplace is the platform it provides for state agencies to connect with one another other and share data. This sharing of information will make government more efficient and result in more streamlined and effective services. For example, by leveraging state data across certain agencies, Colorado will be able to create more effective education programs that increase workforce preparedness of graduating seniors. "The Colorado Information Marketplace can save taxpayer dollars by giving policymakers another tool to evaluate and improve existing programs, reduce waste and increase government efficiency," said Kristin D. Russell, Colorado's Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer. With each instance of public participation, the website becomes more robust, relevant and valuable. "We are excited that Colorado is joining a growing number of states and cities utilizing a data marketplace to provide better services and increase government transparency," said Russell.
Today at its Eighth Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) will unveil a new campaign that is designed to mobilize the region's most passionate business leaders and help position why Metro Denver is a top place for innovative companies and people.
Lt. Gov. Joseph A. Garcia, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and Dr. José Z. Garcia, Cabinet Secretary New Mexico Department of Higher Education today renewed the Higher Education tuition reciprocity agreement between Colorado and New Mexico.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed several bills on May 17, 2012,, including an early literacy bill that recognizes the importance of early childhood literacy as a critical foundational skill in later academic development and success.
Two New Programs Launched to Increase Businesses' Access to Capital
On May 11, 2012, Icelandair launched service from their newest North American gateway with non-stop flights to Iceland from Denver International Airport. Flight #670 will depart at 5:15 pm and operate four flights per week from the Mile High City. Once in Iceland, Icelandair offers non-stop connections to more than 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. Icelandair is the first international carrier to initiate service from Denver International in nearly 10 years and is expected to generate more than $28 million in annual economic impact to the state of Colorado.To celebrate, was a launch ceremony at gate A37 along with a water salute, ribbon cutting and dignitaries from both Iceland and Colorado to help inaugurate Denver's first flight to Iceland."We look forward to launching service from our newest gateway, Denver, and offering the savvy travelers of Denver a fresh alternative when traveling to Europe." Said Thorsteinn Egilsson, General Manager, The Americas.A delegation arriving on the first inbound flight from Iceland included Mayor Michael Hancock and Icelandair's CEO, Birkir Holm Gudnason. There was water salute and a welcome reception at the airport including the Denver welcome committee in full cowboy regalia. "Thank you for the Mile High City warm welcome," said Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO of Icelandair. "We are looking forward to meeting more Coloradoans and sharing the nature, lifestyle and culture of Iceland."This year, Icelandair celebrates 75 years of aviation with the largest network in its history, including additional flights to recently added London Gatwick and daily service to London Heathrow. Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, New York-JFK, Seattle, and Denver with seasonal service from Washington, D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando Sanford, Halifax and Toronto. Connections through Icelandair's hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to over 20 destinations in Scandinavia, the U.K. and Continental Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare. Additional information about Icelandair fares and packages to Iceland and beyond is available at http://www.icelandair.com/ or by calling (877) I-FLY-ICE.
U.S. Department of Defense finalizes selection of Level 3 for 10-year, multimillion dollar task order
Level 3 to Provide Dedicated Infrastructure, Diverse Route Connectivity, Global Transmission and Integration Services to Locations throughout U.S.