Aerospace Industry Brings Economic And Educational Opportunity To Colorado

August 24, 2016 – The Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) is conducting an Aerospace Business Development Road Trip throughout western Colorado. CSBR is traveling to four communities to share how the aerospace industry benefits every community in Colorado.

As the aerospace industry in Colorado continues to grow, CSBR is committed to spreading knowledge of the industry’s positive local impact, highlighting opportunities for Colorado suppliers to get involved and providing STEM opportunities for students and educators. It spreads this message through frequent roundtable discussions with Colorado stakeholders and road trips around the state.

Attendees and media have the opportunity to hear CSBR share why aerospace matters to Colorado communities, how local businesses can become aerospace suppliers and learn more about educational aerospace programs for students. Interviews are available upon request the day of the event.

This year’s August 29 – September 2 road trip will travel to Grand Junction, Naturita, Durango and Montrose. Local partners include CLUB 20, West End Economic Development Corporation, La Plata County Economic Development Alliance and Montrose Economic Development Corporation. There will be opportunities to meet with local businesses that are interested in becoming a supplier or subcontractor to the larger aerospace companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Sierra Nevada, United Launch Alliance and many others.

Location Details And Contacts:

Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tour WestStar Aviation
796 Heritage Way, Grand Junction, CO 81506
Christian Reece, CLUB 20
(970) 250-2696; christian@club20.org

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Airport Terminal, Nucla-Hopkins KAIB
27696 DD Rd, Nucla, CO 81424
Dianna Reams, West End Economic Development Corporation
(970) 865-2350; diannareams@gmail.com

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Powerhouse Science Center
1333 Camino del Rio Durango, CO 81301
Heather Otter, La Plata County Economic Development Alliance
970.759.9686; programmgr@yeslpc.com

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Bridges Golf and Country Club
2500 Bridges Circle Montrose, CO 81401
Patricia Cummings, Montrose Economic Development Corporation
(970)-249-9438; patriciac@MontroseEDC.org

Lockheed Martin Contact:
Elizabeth Howard, (303) 305-9273; elizabeth.w.howard@lmco.com

The 2014 and 2015 road trips included programs all throughout Colorado and resulted in the creation of the first-ever Colorado Aerospace Internship Experience program for students. Outcomes of the road trips have resulted in small businesses from around the state doing business with each other.