Gov. John Hickenlooper
Gov. John Hickenlooper
Gov. John Hickenlooper

Gov. John Hickenlooper will participate in two events at this month’s 30th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. The Space Foundation’s Space Symposium is an international space conference from May 19-22 at The Broadmoor.

At 11:40 a.m. on May 20, the governor plans to sign a bill in the symposium’s Boeing Exhibit Center at the Colorado Space Coalition booth. The bill is HB14-1178 “Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Space Flight Property” by representatives Mark Ferrandino and Brian DelGrosso and senators Mary Hodge and Kevin Grantham.

The governor will also speak at the symposium’s Space Warfighters Luncheon on May 20 at The Broadmoor’s Colorado Hall beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Featured speaker at the luncheon will be Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, USAF, commander, 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command; and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The Space Warfighters Luncheon takes place annually during the Space Symposium to honor the men and women who serve in the military around the world and highlights the role space assets play in providing security and solutions for keeping troops safe, informed and effective. The luncheon is co-sponsored by United Launch Alliance (ULA), with corporate host Michael C. Gass, president and chief executive officer, ULA.

Hickenlooper, a self-described “recovering geologist now on loan to public service,” was elected governor in 2010, after serving eight years as mayor of Denver.

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The full list of Space Symposium speakers can be found at

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space-awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation world headquarters in Colorado Springs features a public Discovery Center including the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston, and from its Washington, D.C. office, conducts government affairs, publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on earth. Visit, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch. 


  1. Colorado has missed the boat on the space industries for far too long. Back in the early 1990s space activists here were promoting and petitioning space industries to locate and operate in the Colorado Springs region. The lack of response and support from Colorado local and state government contributed to independent space industries like SpaceX and others to locate in neighboring states that offered these industries incentives to operate there. Colorado needs to quit assuming that space industry belongs to the military.

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