With Colorado's economy at the forefront, Lt. Gov. Garcia announced the state's education priorities as the key to creating a strong, competitive workforce.
Thousands of K-12 students will be paying close attention when NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour rumbles off the launch pad April 29 from Florida on its final flight, which will be toting a payload containing spiders, flies and seeds as part of a national educational effort spearheaded by the University of Colorado Boulder.The three experiments -- involving the web spinning and feeding abilities of spiders, the behavior of fruit flies and the germination of seeds in the low gravity of space -- were designed and built at BioServe Space Technologies in CU-Boulder’s aerospace engineering sciences department. With the help of thousands of elementary and middle school students across the nation, CU-Boulder faculty and students will compare the behaviors of spiders, flies and seeds in the low gravity of the International Space Station with their corresponding activities on Earth.
Gov. John Hickenlooper marked 100 days in office today by thanking his Cabinet and state employees for their work on behalf of all Colorado residents. "We worked hard to recruit and hire a very talented and diverse leadership team from the private, public and nonprofit sectors," Hickenlooper said. "It's no surprise that they have moved at a high velocity to find ways to improve economic conditions in Colorado and to create jobs. They have also tackled education, health care and water issues." The state budget remains one of the Hickenlooper administration's top priorities. "We aren't finished yet," Hickenlooper said. "We are proud that, unlike many other states, we reached a bipartisan budget deal in a divided General Assembly that puts Colorado on better financial footing. Now it's time for legislators to approve the budget without partisan issues that threaten to make it even harder to balance in future years." The Hickenlooper administration is also working hard to redefine good government, cut red tape and enhance customer service wherever possible. For example, the Colorado Department of Transportation has begun a comprehensive review of the Department's rules and is moving forward with updating or repealing several that are either outdated or repetitive, and the Department of Human Services has begun streamlining all applications for public assistance. The Department of Natural Resources is working on legislation that would combine the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation into a new division - a move that will improve efficiency and reduce positions through attrition within the agency. In one specific case involving the Department of Agriculture, the agency's Inspection and Consumer Services Division worked with a local pet food company and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to change inspection requirements for raw meat pet food products shipped to California. The solution cut unnecessary regulation and will save the pet food company more than $25,000 a year in inspection costs. "Change will not come overnight," Hickenlooper said. "We have used our first 100 days in office to begin laying a foundation that we can build on in the coming months and years. While we are off to a good start, the real measure of success will come when we look back after four years." Highlights of the Hickenlooper administration's first 100 days include: Economic development
Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems Group announces that it has won an award under the NASA Commercial Crew Development Program (CCDev2) to advance the development of SNC's Dream Chaser Orbital Space Transportation System. The 14-month contract is valued at $80 million and will begin in April 2011. The goal of CCDev2 program is to accelerate the availability of U.S. commercial crew transportation capabilities and reduce the gap in American human spaceflight capability. Once developed, crew transportation capabilities could become available to NASA as well as commercial and government customers.
Did you know that Colorado has the nation's third-largest aerospace economy? Or that Colorado has a higher concentration of private aerospace workers than any other state? And that Colorado is the No. 4 state for NASA prime contract awards?In an industry where many projects are "top secret" Colorado is stepping up its efforts to promote the many assets that make it a leading aerospace state: a highly educated workforce, major contractors and suppliers, Department of Defense and NASA research activities, leading research universities, and a significant space-oriented military presence. As the nation's largest aerospace companies, NASA representatives, and the research and scientific community gather in Colorado Springs April 11-14 for the 27th Annual National Space Symposium, the Colorado Space Coalition (CSC) is launching a broad marketing campaign that promotes Colorado as best-positioned to support the United States' leadership role in the global space exploration race.This week, a full-page print ad will run in the aerospace industry's most highly read publications--Space News International and Aviation Week & Space Technology. The ad includes a playful take on Colorado's successful aerospace brand--A Mile Closer to Space. In addition, the CSC is premiering a new video at the symposium and on the home page of its website where Colorado aerospace leaders discuss why Colorado is outpacing other states in aerospace. "We say that we are 'a mile closer to space' because of the workforce that we have and the businesses that have grown up here, along with the federal and military installations that support these industries and are customers of these industries," said Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia, co-chair of the Colorado Space Coalition. "We have a head start over most states when it comes to supporting the aerospace industry." Several leading projects and new developments further propel Colorado as an aerospace heavyweight:
Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first Space Shuttle launch, NASA today announced where its three remaining orbiters Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavour will retire. While the announcement signifies an end to the space shuttle program, the shift also represents a beginning to the private sector's greater involvement in spurring commercial development in space exploration.
Lockheed Martin shipped NASA's Juno spacecraft to Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on April 8. The vehicle will undergo four months of testing and processing in preparation for its launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 vehicle in early August. During the past year, the spacecraft was assembled and tested at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company facilities near Denver, Colo.
University of Colorado Boulder Distinguished Professor Carl Lineberger has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Science Board. The nomination has been sent to the United States Senate for confirmation.
The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) hosted its Seventh Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on April 7, 2011 to celebrate the past year's economic accomplishments as well as regional cooperation in the business community. The luncheon took place at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Denver Mayor Guillermo "Bill" Vidal proclaims April 6, 2011 Denver Metro Small Business Development Center Day