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Spaceport America CEO Dan Hicks

Dan Hicks, CEO of Spaceport America

May 24, 2019 – Gene Grant sits down with the CEO of Spaceport America to discuss the future of commercial space flight in New Mexico now that Virgin Galactic has concrete plans to complete its move to the Southern New Mexico facility.Hicks talks about the millions of public dollars invested so far, why the facility might need millions more, and how to compete with other space ports in the burgeoning private space race.

Guest: 

Dan Hicks, CEO, Spaceport America 

The Line: State of the State’s Economy

Federal Money Dependency

May 24, 2019 – Diversifying New Mexico’s economy has been a goal for many years. But with the recent announcement that ExxonMobil anticipates pumping $64 billion dollars in economic benefits to the state over the next 40 years, it’s a hard to think of weening New Mexico off of the oil and gas industry. Still, the space tourism industry is ramping up, film and television production continues to grow more robust, and farmers are looking to branch out into new crops such as hemp. Gene Grant and the Line panelists explore many different ways to diversify New Mexico’s economy. 

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Rachel Sams, editor, Albuquerque Business First  

For Further Reading:

State looks to diversify economy, rely on ‘volatile’ oil and gas revenue less– by Matthew ReichbachNM Policical Report

State pledges $2M loan to help space company rebuild – by Collin KrabbeAlbuquerque Business First

The Bosses: Santa Fe has proportionally more woman-owned businesses than elsewhere, but entrepreneurs still face challenges – by Leah CantorSanta Fe Reporter  

Article mentioned by Rachel Sams:  

Hiring roundup: these space companies are hiring in ABQ – by Collin KrabbeAlbuquerque Business First