Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Gingrich to visit Space Coast for aerospace talk

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich today is scheduled to participate in a round table discussion with local aerospace industry leaders at Brevard Community College's Cocoa campus. FLORIDA TODAY will stream the invitation-only event live online. Here's a look at the agenda for the 3:30 p.m. event provided by its organizer, the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast:

-- Welcome: Bernie Simpkins
-- Opening Comments: Bob Whelen, Corp. VP - Real Estate & Environmental, Health & Safety, Harris Corporation, Chair, EDC of Florida’s Space Coast
-- Introduction of Former Attorney General Bill McCollum: Hon. Thad Altman, Florida State Senator, District 24
-- Introduction of Hon. Newt Gingrich: Hon. Bill McCollum, Former Florida Attorney General
-- General Remarks: Hon. Newt Gingrich, 2012 U.S. Presidential Candidate
Importance of Human Space Exploration, Capt. Michael McCulley, USN, Ret., Former NASA Astronaut
-- Government’s Role in Human Space Exploration: Mark Nappi, VP, Launch & Recovery Systems, United Space Alliance, LLC
-- Commercial Space: Tim Hughes, Sr. VP & General Counsel, SpaceX; Mark Bitterman, VP of Washington Operations, United Launch Alliance
-- Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle: Adrian Laffitte, Dir., Florida Govt. Relations
Lockheed Martin Space Systems
-- Aerospace & Aviation Education: Dr. Anthony Catanese, President, Florida Institute of Technology
-- Aviation Industry: Gary Spulak, President, North America Embraer
-- Future Opportunities in Florida: Dale Ketcham, Consultant, Space Florida
-- Workforce & Innovation Opportunities: Hon. Andy Anderson, Vice Chairman Brevard County Board of County Commissioners; Bill Cunningham, CEO COEPTIS
-- Closing Comments: Bob Whelen
-- Open Discussion – Q&A: Hon. Newt Gingrich

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