It is evident from the just completed 3rd Annual Space Elevator Conference that the proponents of the Space Elevator concept are organizing themselves into a community that wishes to be taken seriously. And government organizations like NASA are taking them seriously. The conference keynote speaker was John Mankins from NASA, a senior NASA manager. The media as well are taking notice as evident by the many stories published during the conference.
Unfortunately I was not able to attend to the conference but thanks to Blaise Gassend who took notes I was able to get some idea what went on, at least from his perspective. As well the speaker presentations are now online.