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Satellite export reform critical to space industrial base

The U.S. space industry is losing its competitive edge and risks falling short of future national security requirements unless government reforms our export control system and promotes the international competitiveness of U.S. industry, according to a new report released by AIA.


Gov. requires state agencies to review rules, regulations

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order Jan. 19, 2012, directing all state agencies to conduct periodic reviews of all of their rules to determine the need, appropriateness and effectiveness of their rules.


ULA names ex-NASA exec its human spaceflight chief

United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced today that Mike Leinbach has joined the company as the Director of Human Spaceflight Operations.


Gov. Hickenlooper delivers State of the State address

Gov. John Hickenlooper today delivered his second State of the State address. Here is the text of the speech as prepared:


Lockheed Martin receives contract for third and fourth GPS III satellites

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a $238 million contract for production of the third and fourth satellites in the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation, known as GPS III. The acquisition of the next two GPS III satellites at one time will allow the Lockheed Martin-led team to maximize efficiencies in satellite manufacturing.


Raytheon to build GPS Mission Crit. Launch, Check Solution

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $27.4 million contract by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center for development of a Global Positioning System (GPS) Launch and Checkout System (LCS), which will provide early launch and checkout of GPS III satellites starting with the first GPS III launch in 2014.


Chamber policy briefing accents jobs, economic stability

Job creation and economic stability will be at the forefront of all decisions made during the 2012 legislative session, business and civic leaders agreed during a policy briefing hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce at the Colorado State Capitol on Monday.


Governor announces regulatory reform, red tape reduction

Gov. John Hickenlooper unveiled on January 9, 2012, recommendations to reduce government "red tape" and regulatory inefficiencies based on feedback from more than 100 business organizations, local governments, advocacy and community groups statewide. "Red tape and unnecessary regulations are road blocks to economic development," Hickenlooper said. "We need a government that is responsive to our concerns and priorities and spends our tax dollars wisely. That means government needs to know when to regulate and when to get out of the way."The recommendations were created after a six-month series of "Pits and Peeves" roundtable meetings held in all parts of Colorado. The meetings focused on the experiences of roundtable participants with government red tape, as well as their ideas and suggestions to eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy. Recommendations were compiled in a 94-page report called "Cutting Red Tape in Colorado State Government.""We heard from businesses across the state that excessive government regulation and too much red tape kept them from expanding or hiring more people," said Barbara Kelley, executive director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies. "By hosting these collaborative roundtables, we identified how the state can be a better business partner."


Colorado business leaders optimistic going into first quarter

Colorado business leaders' confidence bounced back to pre-recession levels going into the first quarter of 2011, according to the most recent quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index, or LBCI, released today by the University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business.


NIST efforts key to innovation and economic growth

Innovation drives economic growth and creates skilled, high-wage jobs. To maintain a high standard of living for its citizens, the United States must continue to produce new, high quality products and we must sell them in the global marketplace.  As Secretary John Bryson said recently, the U.S. must "Build it here and sell it everywhere."