By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- The Space Coast honored its commitment to technological advancements last week, as it hosted the inaugural "Tech Transfer Forum."
On Thursday, Sept. 12, more than 120 innovators and business leaders attended the forum to discuss the technology that helped define the Space Coast. The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, NASA and Kennedy Space Center hosted the event.
"For more than a half-century, the Space Coast has been at the vanguard of conceiving and developing game-changing technology," said Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the EDC. "The importance of that work to our economy remains, but how we get there has evolved."
The forum featured a dozen presentations about a variety of topics, including KSC's lab capabilities and self-healing material.
The daylong event was designed to unite NASA's scientists with innovative businesses from the Space Coast.
"The key now (for evolving business), given changes to the space program and the progression of our economy, is partnerships and shared resources," Ms. Weatherman said. "What is so exciting about the EDC's recent forum is how it will foster partnerships and idea exchanges between NASA innovators and the business communities."
Ms. Weatherman said that partnering these groups together at the forum will lead to a positive economic impact for the Space Coast.
"Both of these groups can help each other, and, in doing so, help all of the Space Coast build upon its rich, technological heritage," she said. "We look forward to the success of these burgeoning partnerships."
At the forum, keynote speaker Bob Cabana, KSC director, also discussed the importance of partnerships between NASA and local businesses.
He cited the arrival of commercial companies United Paradyne Corp. and BRS Aerospace to the Space Center, where they will operate in former space shuttle facilities, as examples.