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Feb 5

Past Event

Launch! Taking Colorado’s Space Economy to the Next Level

Time: 9:00 - 11:30am MST
Venue: History Colorado Center, Auditorium
1200 Broadway, Denver, Colorado


Full Event


U.S. “advanced industries”—high-value engineering and R&D-intensive industrial concerns—make signal contributions to national and regional economic prosperity. Iconic American companies such as United Technologies, GE, Intel, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Ford, Caterpillar, and Medtronic comprise 10 percent of the overall economy but generate 45 percent of U.S. goods exports and support over 4 million high-skill jobs and several million more ancillary ones.

The space and aerospace industry is quintessentially emblematic of the advanced industry sector. And one of the deepest and broadest concentrations of space-related activity in the country lies in Colorado. There, the space cluster pervades the state’s industrial base; cuts across the public and private sectors; and enables a fast-growing telecommunications industry, dynamic GIS and earth observation enterprises, as well as more emergent energy, cybersecurity, and advanced materials segments of the economy.

On Tuesday, February 5, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings presented a dynamic public forum focused on the significance and future of the Colorado space economy as an exemplary advanced industry. Anchored by the release of a new Brookings strategy report by Mark Muro, senior fellow and policy director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, the morning forum explored the best ways to advance the competitiveness of the Colorado space cluster at a time of uncertainty and disruptive change.

Hosted in collaboration with the Colorado Space Coalition and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the event also featured comments from leading business, civic, and government leaders as well as a panel discussion and audience Q & A. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper concluded the event with keynote remarks.

A report was released at this event.

Event Agenda

  • 8:30 - 9:00

    Registration and Breakfast

  • 9:00 - 9:20


    • Tom Clark

      Chief Executive Officer

      Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

    • Andy Merritt

      Chief Defense Industry Officer

      Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance

    • The Honorable Joe Garcia

      Lieutenant Governor

      State of Colorado

  • 9:20 - 9:30

    Affirming and Reassessing the Colorado Space Economy—A Classic Advanced Industry

  • 9:30 - 9:40

    Industry Context: Trends and Forces in the Aerospace Industry

    • Michael Park

      Partner, Advanced Industries Practice

      McKinsey & Company

  • Private Sector and Federal Responses

    • Mark Sirangelo

      Corporate Vice President and Chairman of SNC Space Systems

      Sierra Nevada Corporation

    • Ken Lund

      Executive Director

      Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

    • Neal Orringer

      Senior Advisor to the Secretary on Manufacturing Policy

      U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Panel Discussion: Advancing the Colorado Space Cluster

    • Moderator

      Tom Clark

      Chief Executive Officer

      Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

    • Frederick Doyle

      Vice President and Corporate Executive, Defense and Intelligence Community

      Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation

    • Walter Scott

      Founder, Executive Vice President, and Chief Technical Officer

      DigitalGlobe, Inc.

    • Stein Sture

      Vice Chancellor for Research, Huber and Helen Croft Endowed Professor, College of Engineering and Applied Science

      University of Colorado at Boulder

    • Dan Schmitt

      Co-Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer

      The Incubation Factory

  • Introduction

    • Elliot Pulham

      Chief Executive Officer

      Space Foundation

  • Keynote

    • The Honorable John Hickenlooper


      State of Colorado

  • Next Steps

    • Ken Lund

      Executive Director

      Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade


February 5, 2013

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM EST

History Colorado Center


1200 Broadway


For More Information

Vicky Lea, Colorado Space Coalition