Monday forum discusses economy, security

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Monday, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado, and retired Lt. Gen. Ed Anderson will join leaders of the Pikes Peak region for a forum on national security and economic prosperity in Colorado Springs and the state.

The forum will take place Monday at noon at The Broadmoor hotel.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, based in Washington, D.C., is sponsoring the event.

“We will be covering American national security and how it affects Colorado Springs, as well as the overall Colorado economy,” said Nick Moenck, spokesman for the coalition. Leaders will discuss how America’s efforts abroad spur economic growth and create jobs in Colorado.

“With our economic security increasingly linked to the global marketplace and emerging threats like ISIS and global pandemics, this discussion could not come at a more critical time for Colorado and the 2016 election,” Moenck said in a press release.

Colorado Springs is home to some of the largest organizations with growing international operations in emerging markets. In 2015, Colorado exported more than $22.5 billion in goods and services overseas, Moenck said.

Also on the panel: Pamela Shockley-Zalabak, UCCS chancellor; Maria Rosa Galter, executive director of AfricAid;, and Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president for Space Systems at Sierra Nevada Corp.

Lamborn will deliver the keynote remarks, then be joined by Anderson and Randy Welsch, co-founder and president of Jibu for a panel discussion moderated by Lindsay Lee Plack, the director of government relations of the USGLC.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition is a broad-based of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world, the release said.

According to the organization’s website, they have three goals: protecting national security, building economic prosperity and strengthening humanitarian values.

For more information about the organization, click here.

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