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Congressman Parker Griffith (D-AL) to Keynote Space Economy Symposium

By SpaceRef Editor
March 10, 2009
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Congressman Parker Griffith (D-AL) to Keynote Space Economy Symposium

Event to highlight role of space in contributing to economic growth and national competitiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 10, 2009 – The Space Economy Symposium is an initiative of George Mason University in collaboration with Phillips & Company and hosted by the Space Enterprise Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Friday, March 13, 2009.

The purpose for the Symposium is to initiate a robust policy dialogue to gain greater understanding of space-related activities as a key contributor to national competitiveness. Through presentations, panel discussions, and participant interaction, the Symposium will promote new perspectives and insights about present and future impacts of space on the economy, the roles of government, industry and entrepreneurs in developing the space economy, and trends in commercial space that will drive the space economy.

The goals of the Symposium are to make space a central part of our national economic discussion and to ensure that space is recognized as an essential component of national competitiveness in a global economy.

What: Space Economy Symposium

When: Friday, March 13, 8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Where: US Chamber of Commerce 1615 H St. NW Washington, DC 20062

Media Note: This event is open to the media. Please RSVP to Jo Anne Yau, (512) 659-0150 or Media may also register on site at the event.



08:00 – 08:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast (sponsored by Cisco)

08:30 – 08:45 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

  • Robert P. Hopkins, Sr. Vice President and Managing Director, Phillips & Company
  • Kenneth Button, Director, Center for Aerospace Policy Research, George Mason University

08:45 – 09:15 a.m. Keynote Address: “Congressional Priorities for Space”

  • Rep. Parker Griffith (D-AL), Member, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics

09:15 – 10:30 a.m. Panel 1: “The State of the Space Economy”

  • Moderator: Bill Bates, Vice President, Government Affairs, Council on Competitiveness
  • Prof. Keith Hayward, Director of Research, Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Barrie Stevens, Deputy Director, International Futures Program, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Henry Hertzfeld, Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Marty Hauser, Vice President, Washington Operations, Research and Analysis, Space Foundation

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break (sponsored by the Coalition for Space Exploration)

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Panel 2: “The Economic Benefits of the Emerging Space Infrastructure”

  • Moderator: Robert P. Hopkins, Sr. Vice President and Managing Director, Phillips & Company
  • Lt. Gen Steven Boutelle, US Army (Ret.), CEO, Cisco IRIS
  • Robert Richards, Founder and CEO, Odyssey Moon
  • Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., Vice President, Polar Programs, Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Larry Williams, Vice President, Strategic Relationships, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation

12:00 – 12:15p.m. Closing Remarks

12:15 p.m. Adjourn

SpaceRef staff editor.