Saturday, September 19, 2009

INVITATION: Sept 28 Florida Space and Technology Forum

You are invited

…to join event co-chairs, Senator Mike Haridopolos and Representative Dean Cannon, event moderator Speaker John Thrasher, elected officials and community leaders from around the state to craft a public policy agenda for the Space industry at the…

Third Annual
Florida Space and Technology Forum
Monday, September 28
8:30 to 11:30 AM
Florida Solar Energy Center, University of Central Florida
Brevard Community College/Cocoa Campus
1679 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL 32922

With special presentations by:
  • Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas
  • Congressman Bill Posey
  • Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana

Legislative Panel:

  • Senator Thad Altman
  • Representatives Sandy Adams
  • Representative Steve Crisafulli
  • Representative Rich Glorioso
  • Representative Bryan Nelson
  • Representative Scott Plakon
  • Representative Ralph Poppell
  • Representative Steve Precourt
  • Representative John Tobia
  • Representative Ritch Workman


  • Randy Berridge, President, Florida High Tech Corridor Council
  • Barney Bishop, President and CEO, Associated Industries of Florida
  • Frank DiBello, President, Space Florida
  • Dr. Sam Durrance, Professor, Physics and Space Science, Florida Institute of Technology and NASA Astronaut, Payload Specialist 1984 – 1996
  • Marshall Heard, Space Advisor, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast and Chairman, Florida Aviation Aerospace Alliance
  • Kevin Hoshstrasser, Florida Operations Site Director and Florida Space Shuttle Operations Program Manager, The Boeing Company
  • Adrian Laffitte, Director Florida Government Relations, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Mark Nappi, Vice President of Launch and Recovery Systems and Florida Site Executive, United Space Alliance
  • Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Presentations will focus on these key areas of emphasis:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education,
  • Research and applied technology,
  • Workforce training and transition,
  • Business development and incentives,
  • Space infrastructure, and
  • State and federal partnership opportunities


… take this opportunity to help identify Space industry priorities for the 2010 legislative session. This program is free and open to the public. Registration opens at 8:15 a.m. and seating is limited. For additional information please call 321-637-5407 or email

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