Craig briefs: Aerospace Business Road Trip is next week

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For a second consecutive year, the Colorado Space Business Roundtable has organized a statewide business development and networking road trip event known as the Aerospace Business Development Road Trip. The goal of the event is to expand relationships and business opportunities between stakeholders in the Front Range and rural Colorado communities by fostering dialog between aerospace leaders, chambers, economic development groups, public officials, academia and individual businesses. The road trip kicks off in Northwest Colorado.

During this three-day event, participants will meet with local elected officials, brief businesses and community guests on the Colorado aerospace industry and tour facilities, including the Steamboat Springs Airport, Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Colorado Northwestern Community College. Media is invited to participate in all activities. Most events are free and open to the public. A detailed schedule can be found at https://csbrroadtripnw2014.eventbrite.com.

Last year’s inaugural road trip included programs in Pueblo, Alamosa, Durango, Grand Junction and Rifle. The event brought together more than 200 attendees and directly resulted in the creation of the first-ever Colorado Aerospace Internship Experience program.

The Colorado Aerospace Road Trip is hosted by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable with support from the Colorado Space Coalition and the Office of Economic Development and Trade. Participants include leading aerospace organizations, CSBR Board Members and elected officials or their delegates including: Lockheed Martin, Manufacturers Edge, Colorado Competitive Council, University of Colorado, Colorado Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics and CLUB 20.

The event runs from Wednesday through Friday.

RSVP information is available at https://csbrroadtripnw2014.eventbrite.com. To follow the events in each local region, follow CSBR on Twitter @COAerospace using the hashtag #CSBRtrip.

Tipton introduces laws to protect landowners

WASHINGTON — Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Colo., introduced two pieces of legislation to protect private landowners from federal land management agency errors, and increase transparency in federal land exchanges and acquisitions, according to a news release from the congressman’s office.

In 2009, the Bureau of Land Management conducted a resurvey of federal land in Mesa County. The BLM initiates resurveys under the guise that existing boundary lines were inaccurately drawn during the initial survey, which in some instances may have occurred more than 50 years ago. The resurvey resulted in the reclassification of land, originally thought to be owned by a private owner as federal land.

The BLM charged that individual with trespassing and the illegal removal of sand and gravel from federal lands, which resulted in a fine of more than $250,000. But this story is not unique.

Other private landowners across the nation and in Colorado face similar situations — forced to relinquish property, thought to be their own, on which they have lived and worked on for generations, and without any just compensation, due to BLM land resurveys.

H.R. 5075, the Resurveys Entitle Adjacent Landowners to Protection (REAL Protection) Act offers reforms to the BLM resurvey process by creating a more transparent process of conducting resurveys and advances the rights of landowners by providing safeguards against BLM actions.

Tipton also introduced H.R. 5074, the Land Adjacency Notification and Disclosure (LAND) Act, which seeks to improve the transparency, oversight and notification of land exchanges involving U.S. Forest Service lands or public lands under the jurisdiction of the BLM.

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