2014 Colorado Space Roundup Highlights Achievements, Ignites Discussion

December 12, 2014 – For the 11th consecutive year the Colorado Space Business Roundtable and Colorado Space Coalition hosted the annual Colorado Space Roundup – an event that convenes statewide leaders to discuss Colorado’s current and future role as a national leader in aerospace.

This year’s Roundup centered on the theme of Connecting. Four key topics, presented by platinum sponsor Boeing, led each Roundtable discussion. The Roundtables were:

  • Education Roundtable I: Connecting – Future Generations
  • Industry Roundtable II – Connecting – Commercial Space
  • Growth Roundtable III – Connecting – Our Global Space Economies
  • Government Roundtable IV – Connecting – Our Congressional Voice
  • Each Roundtable was led by a subject matter expert and comprised of thought leaders in their respective concentration. The day launched with an introduction by Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia.

    As noted in his opening remarks, Lt. Gov. Garcia said, “Colorado is home to the third largest space economy in the United States, and central to restoring our Nation’s return to human spaceflight. In order to maintain our position as a leader and innovator in the aerospace industry we must continue to have open dialog in forums such as the CSBR’s annual Roundup. The recent launch of the Orion spacecraft, with so many Colorado companies playing critical roles in the mission’s success, continues to validate Colorado’s importance in industry.”

    General John E. Hyten, Commander, Air Force Space Command (AFSC) based at Peterson Air Force Base, provided luncheon keynote. Gen. Hyten is responsible for the operations and maintenance of mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world.

    In addition to the thought provoking roundtables and luncheon, the over 350 attendees were also invited to network and view exhibits ranging from academia to industry. Roundup highlights included a scholarship presentation by the ARCS Foundation to Erin a Griggs, a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder.

    “Boeing chose to become a platinum sponsor for CSBR’s Roundup because we understand the importance of supporting our local aerospace community,” said Anthony Przybyslawski, director at Boeing. “Today’s Roundup was a small glimpse into the daily achievements and advances of our industry ranging from small businesses and startups to companies like Boeing and academic institutions like the University of Colorado. Boeing is a proud member of the diverse Colorado industry and we look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of space and exploration.”

    Roundup event sponsors included: Boeing; Lockheed Martin; Braxton; ephibian; Booz Allen Hamilton; United Launch Alliance; Exelis; Holland & Hart; the Space Foundation; Sierra Nevada Corporation; Citizens for Space Exploration and media partner High Impact Creative.