News ItemSeptember 2015 Park Post

KAFB Economic Impact – On August 18, the FY2014 Economic Impact Report was presented by Colonel Eric Froehlich, Commander of KAFB, to the community at the African American Performing Arts Center. The event was hosted by KPC, an organization in the SS&TP. The report provides information about the resources and economic impact of KAFB on the surrounding community. The local area, or Economic Impact Region, includes all counties within a 50-mile radius from the base center. The total value of KAFB’s annual economic impact is approximately $7.6B, of which the Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratories is $3.6B and KAFB is $4B. The report is available at www.kirtland.af.mil/.

See and Learn at the Museum – Several SS&TP companies and employees assisted with the Kickstarter Campaign that raised over $44K to restore the B-29 Superfortress in Heritage Park at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. The aircraft, one of only 17 complete Superfortress aircraft remaining in the world, is in the final stage of external restoration, having received a new coat of primer and paint, bodywork, and vintage 509th Wing of the Strategic Air Command paint and trim. In addition, the museum hosted “Science is Everywhere” 2015 Summer Camps. These themed, week-long camps reached 100% of capacity, serving 519 children. Many of the Park employees enrolled their children in these educational and fun sessions.

Center for Collaboration and Commercialization – The Entrepreneurial Exploration & Training (EET) Program “Office Hours” was recently held at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Almost 40 people, including leaders from Park companies and organizations, attended to hear pitch expert, Pat McNamara, reveal his secrets for creating the ultimate pitch and how to communicate complex technologies through strong impressions and storytelling. Pat helps technology startups, emerging enterprises, and key opinion leaders prepare their pitches for venture capitalists and private investors.

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