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Booming Colorado Space Economy Needs Less Government, More Commercial Programs

Posted by Doug Messier on February 6, 2013, at 3:13 pm

DENVER (Brookings Instituion PR) – Anchored by critical military installations, glistening clean rooms, and a dynamic GIS and earth-observation industry, Colorado possesses one of the most diversified, high-potential space economies in the nation, concludes a new study released by the Brookings Institution in Denver on Feb. 5, 2013.

At the same time, argues the report, maintaining this preeminence in the presence of numerous disruptive global trends will require an aggressive collaboration of industry and government.

Entitled “Launch! Taking Colorado’s Space Economy to the Next Level,” the new report reflects extensive consultation with space industry stakeholders convened by the Colorado Blueprint’s Key Industries Network process and explores how Colorado can defend and extend its current position as one of the most multidimensional space economies in the nation. Part of Brookings’ new Advanced Industries Series, the report calls attention to one example of industrial concerns that play an inordinate role in building and sustaining regional and national economic competitiveness.

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