Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-08) is pleased to announce that NASA will offer an industry day and networking event focused on collaboration opportunities with local businesses.
The NASA Northeast Pennsylvania Industry Day will be held Friday, September 23, at the University of Scranton's DeNaples Center. The regional business-building event will include national and local speakers, presentations, and networking opportunities in collaboration with the Keystone Space Collaborative, Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center, and Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
Local business owners, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, and university representatives are encouraged to attend the free event. Registration is required.
"Northeastern Pennsylvania has a proud industrial heritage, and I'm looking forward to helping our local businesses work with NASA on advancing America's world-leading space exploration program," said Rep. Cartwright, who chairs the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds NASA. "I thank NASA for their valued effort to form successful partnerships with local businesses that will generate a strong economic impact in our community."
During the event's one-on-one networking sessions, participants will be paired with multiple "buyers" from government and industry relevant to their company's offerings. The meetings will also provide attendees government contract advice and guidance on how to work with NASA and other aerospace contractors.
"Collaboration with businesses is a cornerstone of NASA's technology development and exploration work," said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. "We look forward to connecting with the innovators of northeast Pennsylvania and sharing information about opportunities to work with NASA."
"The University of Scranton is pleased to be able to provide a venue for NASA representatives to explore opportunities with local business representatives and is grateful to Congressman Cartwright for facilitating these connections. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students as well as for members of the greater Scranton community," said Michelle Maldonado, Ph.D., interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at The University of Scranton.
"We are very pleased to be supporting this event to show Northeastern Pennsylvania is open for business and our manufacturers are ready for the opportunity to hear from NASA speakers, and to be part of the matchmaking portion of the day," said Jeffrey Box, president and CEO of the NEPA Alliance PTAC. "This would not be happening without the support of Congressman Cartwright and his staff, and we thank him for making this event a reality."