On February 27 and 28 businesses from across the US gathered for the 2013 Stennis Industry Days held at the IP Casino in Biloxi and hosted by the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology drawing over 300 attendees.

On Wednesday, the 27th, exhibitors and individual registrants were treated to a drive along the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast as they traveled to Stennis Space Center and the INFINITY Science Center for a tour sponsored by Jacobs – FOSC.  Jacobs has the Facility Operating Services Contract (FOSC) at Stennis Space Center.

“Industry Days is an important event which fosters better communication between Stennis organizations and local companies.   It is a great way to help small businesses learn about business opportunities at Stennis and at the same time help Stennis get a better value for each dollar spent,” states Ken Human, NASA’s Associate Director at Stennis. “I was impressed by the number of companies that attended and the diversity of companies looking to do business at SSC.”

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Small Business Incubator Space Available at Stennis Space Center

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  • Customized business services
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To learn how to become part of the Stennis community, contact the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology.

Stennis Discusses AJ26 Testing

Stennis Space Center, MS — Stennis Director Gene Goldman today confirmed the center will test Aerojet AJ26 rocket engines for Orbital Sciences Corp. as part of a NASA partnership with the companies. Stennis operators have been modifying their E-1 Test Stand since last April for the AJ26 engines. Work has included construction of a 27-foot-deep flame deflector trench. The AJ26 Aerojet engines will power Orbital’s Taurus II space launch vehicle for missions to supply the International Space Station. (Source: NASA, 02/24/10)

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NASA Stennis Awards ITS Contract to ASRC

Stennis Space Center, MS — NASA’s Stennis Space Center has awarded a contract to ASRC Research and Technology Solutions LLC, a small business in Greenbelt, Md., to provide information and technical services at the center. The two-year contract, which includes three one-year options, is valued at $54.5 million. The company will supply a broad range of information, technical, technology and applied science services.

NAVO Bathymetry PTS Incumbent Outreach

Stennis Technology Park, Bay St. Louis, MS — Downrange Operations and Training, LLC is competing as a prime for the Naval Oceanographic Office Bathymetry Production Technical Services (PTS) contract. The Downrange PTS Team will host an open house from 3-6 p.m. on Friday February 26, 2010 at the corporate office of team member NVision Solutions, Inc. at the Stennis Technology Park, Suite 302, at Exit 13 North on I-10.

The event is open to all incumbent personnel interested in the Team Downrange transition plan. If you are unable to come to the open house and are a PTS incumbent, Team Downrange still encourages you to call or e-mail before the PTS proposal deadline of Friday, March 5th.

Please call (601) 807-5420 or 228-242-0015 for more information. E-mail inquires may be sent to More information about Team Downrange is available at

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MsET Holds Federal Funding and Legislation Seminar

Stennis Space Center — The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET) hosted a seminar today featuring a presentation by Will Hunt of William G. Hunt & Associates out of Washington, D.C.

The presentation titled Obtaining Federal Funding & Analyzing Landmark Congressional Legislation covered 4 main topics:

• “Congressionally directed spending items” in the upcoming FY 2011 Federal Appropriations Process
• Federal Grants, Loans and Contracts available in the current FY 2010
• Identification and Cultivation of Strategic Partners
• Landmark Congressional Legislation including Health Care Reform

The presentation slides can be downloaded here.

Will Hunt is the CEO & President of William G. Hunt & Associates, LLC (, based in Washington, D.C., which helps clients navigate the U.S. government and commercial markets to identify and pursue, from start to finish, revenue generating opportunities.

White House Decides to Outsource NASA Work

Wall Street Journal — The White House has decided to begin funding private companies to carry NASA astronauts into space, but the proposal faces major political and budget hurdles, according to people familiar with the matter.

The controversial proposal, expected to be included in the Obama administration’s next budget, would open a new chapter in the U.S. space program. The goal is to set up a multiyear, multi-billion-dollar initiative allowing private firms, including some start-ups, to compete to build and operate spacecraft capable of ferrying U.S. astronauts into orbit—and eventually deeper into the solar system.

Congress is likely to challenge the concept’s safety and may balk at shifting dollars from existing National Aeronautics and Space Administration programs already hurting for funding to the new initiative. The White House’s ultimate commitment to the initiative is murky, according to these people, because the budget isn’t expected to outline a clear, long-term funding plan.

The White House’s NASA budget also envisions stepped-up support for climate-monitoring and environmental projects, along with enhanced international cooperation across both manned and unmanned programs.

Press officials for NASA and the White House have declined to comment. Industry and government officials have talked about the direction of the next NASA budget, but declined to be identified.

The idea of outsourcing a portion of NASA’s manned space program to the private sector gained momentum after recommendations from a presidential panel appointed last year. The panel, chaired by former Lockheed Martin Corp. Chairman Norman Augustine, argued that allowing companies to build and launch their own rockets and spacecraft to carry American astronauts into orbit would save money and also free up NASA to focus on more ambitious, longer-term goals.

However, many in NASA’s old guard oppose the plan. Charles Precourt, a former chief of NASA’s astronaut corps who is now a senior executive at aerospace and defense firm Alliant Techsystems Inc., said that farming out large portions of the manned space program to private firms would be a “really radical” and an “extremely high risk” path. Unless the overall budget goes up, he said, whatever new direction NASA pursues “isn’t going to be viable.”

Such arguments already are raging around NASA’s Ares I rocket, which could be replaced or scaled back if the commercial option gains traction. Some Ares I contract work could be shifted toward providing the basic elements of a future larger, more-powerful NASA family of rockets. Alliant and other Ares proponents have argued the program is several years behind schedule primarily because Congress and previous administrations failed to provide promised funding. According to some of these analyses, Congress in the past five years earmarked a total of about $4 billion less than initially projected for NASA’s manned exploration programs. The design of the Ares I also changed and became more complex since its inception.

Ares critics, on the other hand, counter that instead of costing about $4.3 billion as originally planned, the Ares booster is likely to cost more than three times that much. The program already has spent roughly $4 billion, and these critics say that exceeds original funding profiles for the Ares I by hundreds of millions of dollars. Moreover, they say that year-by-year expenditures actually exceeded the original timetable. NASA’s last budget projected spending another $9.5 billion through 2015.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., founded by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk, is one of the start-up commercial ventures likely to gain from the proposed policy shift. But other large incumbent NASA contractors such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing Co. also are likely to compete for some of the anticipated government seed money earmarked for new commercial ventures.

The White House’s budget is bound to spark a battle with Congress because NASA would have to kill off big chunks of its existing manned exploration program in order to finance some of these new initiatives in the coming years. The budget package, slated to be released in early February, is expected to stop short of proposing major cancellations. But it also isn’t likely to specify how all the different programs can be adequately funded in the future.

Under the White House proposal, the agency’s top-line budget is expected to stay close to the $18.7 billion in the current fiscal year. Only a small portion—roughly $200 million—is likely to be slated for the initial phase of opening up NASA’s manned space exploration program to private firms. However, that initiative is expected to cost a least $3.5 billion—and potentially much more—over the next five years.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat who heads a key subcommittee, has blasted the notion of shifting money to outsource transporting astronauts to the international space station. Unless Congress makes the NASA budget a higher priority, Rep. Giffords said during a hearing last month, there won’t be enough money for robust manned exploration efforts of any kind and U.S. human space flight could be “on hold for the foreseeable future.”

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Incubator at Stennis matches grant money

Donna Melton, Sun Herald — The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology plans to match a $600,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration with $75,000 of its own money in order to bring more jobs to South Mississippi.

The Mississippi Development Authority chipped in another $80,000 for the cause.

The EDA grant is part of more than $1 million handed out at the close of 2009 to be used for job creation, with an aim to strengthen the economy in Mississippi.

That’s exactly what MsET does, said President and CEO Charlie Beasley.

Located at Stennis Space Center, MsET caters to high-technology businesses. Currently, MsET nurtures 12 incubator businesses to help them get a jump start in their fields. MsET is a bit different than most small business incubators because of their access to technological resources with NASA, the U.S. Navy, Mississippi Research Consortium and other state and federal research labs.

The grant will be used for “organizational sustainability,” Beasley said. “This will assist MsET in being the most effective it can be, bringing the most value to its clients and partners, and to have a strategy to keep it in existence,” he said.

The project will increase MsET’s sustainability by creating programs that provide new levels of service to clients, increase regional economic impact and develop a funding structure that puts available revenue to its best use, he said.

“Our mission is to create employment opportunities, facilitate business and improve quality of life by leveraging Stennis Space Center as a catalyst,” Beasley said.

He said MsET hopes to form more regional partnerships, including companies that may not be located at Stennis.

“The incubator program has been limited to the services we can provide within the walls we have here,” he said.

The University of Southern Mississippi is a partner on the project and Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District helped them navigate through the application process, Beasley said.

MsET also supports 10 other companies that have a presence at Stennis and offers an assistance program that helps industries access NASA labs, he said.

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Stennis All-Hazards Network Being Adopted Throughout NASA

Stennis Space Center, MS — It has been called “the wave of the future” – and now, the “all-hazards network” system (HazNet) developed through the Innovative Partnership Program at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, is being implemented across the space agency.

HazNet incorporates maps, reports, Internet-derived data and real-time sensor input into a geographic information system (GIS)-based display to provide organizations and officials with comprehensive information during emergency and disaster situations. It also allows organizations and officials to communicate, collaborate and share data during such events, enabling a coordinated response.

“The system is a real benefit for managing incidents,” Stennis’ Emergency Director Ron Magee said. “It draws information from a variety of sources and allows you to have at your fingertips information that you need to properly respond to events.”

Based on five years of research and thousands of hours of testing, the HazNet system was developed by NVision Solutions Inc., a Bay St. Louis, Miss., company that worked with NASA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, among others, on the project. Most of the funding for development came through NASA programs, including the Small Business Innovation Research program.

“This tool ushers in a new era of information gathering and sharing between federal, state and local agencies across multiple geographies,” said Craig Harvey, chief operating officer for NVision. “We view NASA as a key partner in its development.”

Through the NASA partnership, the HazNet system was implemented in neighboring St. Tammany Parish, La., and Hancock County, where Stennis is located. A contract was awarded last year to install the system at three NASA locations – Stennis, Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. At Stennis, the system was unveiled with the opening of the facility’s new Emergency Operations Center in June.

This year, an SBIR Phase III contract has been awarded to install the system throughout NASA centers, and Stennis will host emergency operations personnel from those facilities for a November training session. “The system provides facility information, weather information and various data from a number of sources,” Magee explained. “It provides emergency responders with all the information they might need, all in one place.”

The goal is to provide a real-time common operating picture for responders, so breakdowns in communication and gaps in knowledge will not hamper emergency and/or disaster response. At Stennis, a major feature of the system is to enable effective response during a possible hurricane. However, the system is designed to help officials make timely, informed decisions in all types of emergencies.

For instance, during a flood, HazNet helps officials determine where flood waters are headed, allowing for warnings to be issued and thus protecting lives and property. This feature led one report to characterize HazNet as perhaps “the best flood forecasting tool ever invented.” The system also enables timely response during events such as fires, hazardous spills and terror attacks.

Another key feature of the new system is its adaptability. As Harvey explained, features are continually being added. For instance, 3-D building displays are being incorporated, as well as emergency vehicle tracking and storm evacuation capabilities and an emergency shelter management system.

An NVision goal is to incorporate HazNet in all of the parishes and counties surrounding Stennis. However, even before that is done, there is little doubt in Magee’s mind about HazNet’s value. “This represents a very big step forward in safety and security for Stennis and all of NASA,” he said. “We’re excited to have been a part of its development.”

NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program teams with United States industry to infuse innovative technologies into NASA missions and transition them into commercially available products and services for the agency and other markets.

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PRCC President Dr. William A. Lewis and MDA Existing Industry and Business Division Director Chandler Russ Named to Mississippi Enterprise for Technology Board of Directors

Stennis Space Center, MS — The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET) has announced the installation of Dr. William A. Lewis, president of Pearl River Community College (PRCC), and Chandler Russ, director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s (MDA’s) Existing Industry and Business (EIB) Division, to its Board of Directors. Located in Hancock County on the site of the John C. Stennis Space Center, MsET is a non-profit organization that works to create, retain and attract high-skill, high-wage jobs in Mississippi by tapping the state’s scientific and technical assets.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. William Lewis and Chandler Russ on board,” said Charles Beasley, MsET president and CEO. “Their diverse backgrounds and extensive work experience will be a tremendous asset to MsET’s Board of Directors as we all work together to create even better jobs for the citizens of Mississippi.”

Since Dr. Lewis’ appointment as president of PRCC in 2000, the school has experienced significant growth in enrollment, developed a national reputation for excellence in teaching and learning, produced a national championship in football and is widely recognized for the high quality of its arts programs.

Dr. Lewis previously served as the executive director of the Public Education Forum of Mississippi and as the superintendent of the Petal School District, during which time the district offered, for the first time ever, a model program in polymer technology that symbolized the district’s focus on technology and workforce development. He has also taught, coached and held various administrative assignments in the state’s public schools, community colleges and universities.

Chandler Russ joined MDA in 2008 following four years as a project manager with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). In his role as EIB Division Director, Russ’ primary responsibility is to identify and meet the needs of new and existing businesses, as well as the needs of local economic developers, on behalf of the State of Mississippi. In addition to TVA, Russ’ prior experience includes serving as executive director of the Brookhaven/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and as an economic developer for the Industrial Development Foundation in Brookhaven. He has also worked with the Copiah County Economic Development District and the Nevada County Economic Development office in Prescott, Ark.

Russ is currently the vice president of economic development for the Mississippi Economic Development Council, a member of Leadership Mississippi and a representative of TEAM Mississippi, an economic development partnership between MDA and the state’s utility providers.

Mississippi Geospatial Cluster Continues Growth as Need for Efficient, Cost-Effective Solutions Increase

Oxford, MS — The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) housed at The University of Mississippi is pleased to release the economic impact data for Mississippi’s geospatial technology industry cluster for 2009. As in years past, the cluster has experienced solid growth across the categories of employment, average annual salary, and revenues, including a 14 percent growth of jobs from last year.

“Mississippi is home to one of the nation’s largest and most well-organized geospatial technology clusters in the country, and I am proud that this sector continues to experience notable growth in our state,” said Gray Swoope, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. “At a state level, we are committed to continuing to support this cluster by working to further build capacity for geospatial-related programs in our universities and by continuing to strengthen our workforce to prepare students to enter this high-tech field.”

Mississippi’s geospatial companies continue to create high paying, high technology jobs that are positively impacting the state’s economy. During the past year, 847 people were employed by EIGS member companies, sustaining a pattern of growth of at least 5 percent annually over the last five years. Total payroll for the cluster is almost $34 million generating $1.7 million in state income tax.

“Despite the economic downturn, the geospatial technology industry sector continues to be strong in the State of Mississippi,” said Dr. Greg Easson, EIGS Executive Director. “We are seeing a greater demand for geospatial products and tools as businesses are looking for ways to be more efficient and cost-effective.”

Revenues for the cluster grew by over $20 million from last year to $125.5 million. Keeping competitive with salaries at the national level, Mississippi’s average annual geospatial salary now stands at $57,885. The data also show that this industry sector continues to be a solid investment for the state of Mississippi including almost $73 million invested in local business operations by the private industry members.

Key to the sustained growth of this industry cluster is the strong support at the state government level and a business climate that fosters technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Additional factors include the commitment of private industry to doing business from a Mississippi zip code and the multitude of statewide programs that support geospatial research and workforce development efforts. Also the presence of Stennis Space Center, a multidisciplinary facility made up of NASA and 30 other resident agencies engaged in space and environmental programs, has been a driving force of the industry cluster since its inception in 1998.

“These figures demonstrate the positive impact the geospatial industry has on the economic health and prosperity of Mississippi and the region,” Easson said. “EIGS looks forward to capitalizing on this growth and continuing to provide new and innovative ways to grow the geospatial businesses in Mississippi into a world-class industry group.”

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MELHCORP, a Stennis Incubator Company, Secures Work on the Hunter UAV

Stennis Space Center, MS — For Julio Melhado, there is a certain satisfaction garnered from protecting the lives of soldiers abroad. The technical work his company performs from Stennis Space Center on the U.S. Army’s Hunter Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) does just that – helps save lives. “One of our greatest achievements was receiving a call that a convoy of our guys was kept out of harm’s way thanks to one of our payload operation modules,” said Melhado, president of MELHCORP. “It does fill us with pride to be able to say someone’s kid is coming home safe to his family from the war, and we had something to do with it.”

The payload operation modules Melhado references are responsible for monitoring, controlling, and communicating between many payloads onboard the Hunter UAV as well as reporting and command interpretation to the ground stations. MELHCORP recently received purchase orders by Army contractor Northrop Grumman Technical Services to design, manufacture, maintain, and support three different types of payload interface components for the UAV. Northrop Grumman operates and maintains the Hunter from its location in Sierra Vista, Arizona. MELHCORP’s Payload Interface Unit is not associated with flight control but helps control the mounted payloads that include electronics and sensors. Northrop Grumman has been using the services of Melhado’s company since its creation, and the company awarded MELHCORP a World Class Team Award in 2005.

The Hunter UAV is used in Intellligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance searches for the U.S. Army. As described by Global News Wire, the MQ-5B Hunter, which is currently deployed in contingency operations, provides warfighters with state-of-the-art reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA), communications relay, signal intelligence, and weapons delivery. Hunter recently surpassed 80,000 flight hours, 53,000 of which are combat-related.

MELHCORP is a 2004 start-up company that is beginning its second year of incubation at the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET) facility at Stennis Space Center and has been an SBA-certified Small Disadvantaged Business since its inception in Slidell, La. The company’s background is in the design and manufacture of electronic systems for harsh environments, and after Hurricane Katrina Melhado chose Stennis as a secure place to further build his business. The systems involve software and hardware for interfacing to multiple communication protocols, line of sight and satellite telemetry, sensor design and integration, and low power design. “This is the experience that has allowed us to put our systems on aircrafts, ground stations, buoys, and unattended deployable sensors,” explained Melhado. “We deal with extreme environments in the form of low and high temperature, shock and vibration, and sand and water intrusion – while at the same time producing software and systems that are dependable.”

“The software and hardware design is a unique know-how that Julio has built MELHCORP upon,” said Charlie Beasley, president of MsET. “The Hunter work and their plans for growth are certainly a great fit for the MsET incubator and our Center of Excellence in Geospatial Technologies.” MsET, a private, non-profit corporation, has operated the small business incubator at Stennis Space Center for 15 years and serves as the Technology Transfer Office for the State of Mississippi. MsET focuses on business and job creation and overall economic development of the region by developing active partnerships and leveraging the assets of Stennis.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: NASA Stennis ITS Incumbent Open House

Stennis Tech Park, Bay Saint Louis, MS — NVision Solutions is competing as a prime for the NASA Stennis ITS Contract. The NVision ITS Team will be hosting an open house from 3-7 p.m. on Thu., Sep. 3, 2009 at our corporate office at the Stennis Tech Park, Suite 302, at Exit 13 North on I-10. All incumbent personnel interested in our transition plan are encouraged to join us for refreshments and discreet discussions.

Please help spread the word and RSVP to if you plan to come.

If you have questions please call 228-242-0015 or 228-242-0014.

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MsET Collaborates with Canadian Organization to Promote Advanced Technology Sector

John C. Stennis Space Center, MS — The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET) announced this week a new partnership with the Canadian organization Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI), a private non-profit corporation that advocates on behalf of the advanced technology community. MsET and NATI will collaborate to develop initiatives to support the advanced technology sector in Mississippi and Canada.

In addition to encouraging innovation in their respective areas, the partnership will encourage commerce and collaboration between businesses and other entities in the two regions. MsET and NATI also hope their partnership will help raise awareness regarding the importance of the advanced technology sector in growing and sustaining a knowledge-based economy. Mississippi and Canada have a history of strong economic ties: Canada has been Mississippi’s top export market for the last six years, and Mississippi businesses exported $1.3 billion in goods to Canada in 2008 alone. The new partnership will contribute towards generating continued economic growth and business opportunities between the two regions.

“The Canadian government has always been energetically searching for technology industry synergies with Mississippi,” said Charlie Beasley, MsET president since September of last year. “In the last 12 years, MsET has hosted 4 separate inbound missions from Canada interested in developing partnerships with Mississippi businesses in the geospatial and marine technology sectors. The agreement between MsET and NATI will link Mississippi with Newfoundland and Labrador, a province that is working to aggressively grow its advanced technology sectors, and will provide great potential for collaboration among advanced technology companies in our two regions.”

The partnership grew out of the recent Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces (SEUS//CP) Alliance Annual Conference held last month in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) led a delegation of Mississippi business leaders and economic developers to the three-day networking event, and MsET was a key member of the delegation. Established in November 2007, SEUS//CP is comprised of six states: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee; and seven Canadian provinces: Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. The alliance strives to enhance economic ties, promote two-way investment and encourage technological and scientific exchanges between and among the member states and provinces.

“The partnership between MsET and NATI speaks to the real value of participation in the SEUS-CP Alliance,” said Whit Hughes, MDA’s deputy director. “The collaboration between MsET and NATI will raise the profiles of our advanced technology sectors and will help create lasting business ties between Mississippi and Newfoundland and Labrador.”

“We are excited about working closely with MsET as our discussions to date have been open and productive to fostering strong collaborations between the key advanced technology stakeholders in our respective jurisdictions,” commented Paul Dubé, NATI CEO. “The SEUS//CP Alliance initiative provides a great foundation for developing valuable relationships. NATI looks forward to participating next year in Biloxi”.

Cyberspace Training Mission a Boost for Keesler

Jackson, MS — Governor Haley Barbour and members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation today applauded the U.S. Air Force’s decision to base its new Undergraduate Cyberspace Training unit at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.

The training will include how to design, secure, assess, exploit, attack and defend various communication networks, including telephones, Internet protocol, satellite, land mobile radio, industrial control systems, integrated air defense and tactical data link.

“Placing the Undergraduate Cyberspace Training at Keesler expands Mississippi’s already substantial role in our national defense, and carries significant potential for economic development over the long term,” Governor Barbour said. “This further expands Keesler’s critical role as one of our nation’s premier Air Force bases, and the budget increase for start-up plus the increase in students and instructors will be good for the Gulf Coast economy.”

The initial student load for Undergraduate Cyberspace Training at Keesler will be about 615 students with an estimated increase of about 60 permanent party instructors. The first class is scheduled to start in 2010.

“Cyber-attacks on American security networks reveal how critical this new training at Keesler Air Force Base is to our national security. I am very pleased Keesler has been selected as the training location for the growing Air Force cyberspace mission. Keesler has a strong reputation for military technical training, and its work reflects a great deal of credit on our military, our state, and the Gulf Coast,” said U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, who as ranking member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee advocated Keesler’s qualifications with Air Force officials at a hearing this spring.

“This is great news for Keesler and the Coast,” said U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, who’s district includes the base. “I applaud the Air Force’s decision to make Kessler the centerpiece for the cyber space training mission.”

As part of the selection process, a survey team from the Air Education and Training Command in San Antonio, Texas, visited Keesler to evaluate billeting, dining, classroom facilities, and base team support, including utilities, community planning, base communications capability, environmental factors, and anti-terrorism issues. The team reported that Keesler is well positioned for a 2010 start-up of Undergraduate Cyber Training. The security sensitive portion of Keesler’s existing training facilities will be expanded to accommodate this increase in classified training.

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Seminar aims to link investors, entrepreneurs

Biloxi, MS — In challenging lending times, entrepreneurs need to be developing as many capital sources as they can, including angel investors.

A free Angel Capital Seminar on June 11 will be hosted by The Innovation Center in Biloxi, the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology and the Mississippi Technology Alliance. It’s designed to bring together innovators, inventors and firms seeking capital with investors, securities professionals and academics who can help them succeed.

“We’re throwing a broad net because we’re hoping to pull people from both sides of the equation,” said Stephen Whitt, executive director of The Innovation Center.

“Angel capital is a form of investment that’s usually represented by local interests,” said Charlie Beasley, president of the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology at Stennis Space Center. Typically a group of investors in a geographic area who have money may want to look at alternative ways to invest.

They combine their capital into one fund. Start-up technology companies and others with marketable ideas in the area make a pitch. If successful they can draw on the fund.

The seminar begins with Chris Reed, who runs My, discussing entrepreneurial resources. Keith Voigts will tell how Wiseman Technologies secured financing. The company started at the Stennis incubator before transferring to The Innovation Center.

“They have had angel capital injections into their firm in the past,” said Whitt, and can advise other companies how to overcome the roadblocks and be successful. Tony Jeff, vice president of the Mississippi Technology Alliance, and investment manager Lylla Joe will guide participants through the angel capital process.

“This type of investment is something that can propel a business to very fast growth,” Beasley said.

Companies that might be considered are those with a new green product or an energy-saving device.

The key is providing a forum that can match high-growth projects to angel investors, Beasley said.

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NVision Named 2009 “Mississippi Company to Watch”

Jackson, MS —

The Mississippi Technology Alliance and the Edward Lowe Foundation named NVision Solutions, Inc. as a “Mississippi Company to Watch” award recipient for 2009. MTA will present the award to NVision President and CEO Socorro A. Harvey, at the Second Annual Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala on June 2 in Jackson, Miss.

NVision is a leader in Mississippi’s geospatial industry specializing in a new generation of geospatial decision support solutions for energy, defense, agriculture, government, and economic development.

“We are extremely pleased to be recognized as one of Mississippi’s Companies to Watch,” said Harvey, “This award is acknowledgement of our innovative approaches to the challenges not just facing our company but also those facing our customers, our community, and our country.”

NVision incorporated in 2002 and is small, minority, woman-owned, disadvantaged 8(a) firm. NVision employs 56 people along the Gulf Coast between New Orleans, Lou. and Biloxi, Miss. serving customers nationwide.

The “Mississippi Companies to Watch” award program recognizes second-stage startup companies distinguishing themselves by their “innovative products” and “unique processes.” The competition was created by the Edward Lowe Foundation in Cassopolis, Mich. Companies are judged for their “special strengths” which revolve around a company’s innovative products and business practices, special use of technology, work within their community and more.

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