“Kathy Boe has the issues of attracting workforce and keeping the U.S. Space Command in the Springs at top of mind as she begins a one-year term as the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC’s chair.
Boe is founder and CEO of Boecore, a Colorado Springs-based software, cybersecurity and specialized space and missile defense contractor with 275 employees; the company also has an office in Huntsville, Ala., and soon another in Albuquerque, N.M. Boe replaces Jacob Pruitt, vice president and general manager of Colorado Springs operations for T. Rowe Price, as Chamber & EDC chair.. Boe also serves on the boards of the military-focused Colorado Thirty Group, the National Cybersecurity Center and the Colorado Springs Health Foundation.”
“Colorado Springs attracts a highly-skilled and dedicated workforce of technology and engineering experts, as well as military service members, retirees and veterans. Educational programs and intellectual capital are abundant in the Pikes Peak region, as Colorado Springs is home to an established, highly-collaborative network of academic and research institutions.” -Statement from the Chamber & EDC (CSBJ)
“The Colorado Springs region is home to more than 240 aerospace and defense companies, and the operations of key national defense commands. Some of the world’s most advanced technologies in global positioning, cybersecurity and satellite communications are housed in Colorado Springs. These organizations both produce and attract a highly-skilled and dedicated workforce of technology and engineering experts, as well as military service members and veterans.
The aerospace, aviation and defense industry overall is Colorado Springs’ top economic engine, and the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC is dedicated to continuing to grow the industry in our region.
Our top-secret defense and intelligence operations might be flying under the radar, but our innovation is worth noticing.”
“As the first city to log in to the World Wide Web in 1968, Colorado Springs has a rich history in advancing the information technology industry. Adding a diverse military presence to the mix makes the Colorado Springs region a natural fit for IT and cybersecurity companies looking to expand, start up or relocate.”
“Colorado Springs is the No. 2 “Best Place to Live” in America, according to the 2018 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The quality of life and the present job market boosted the city into the top two, with Austin, Texas taking the top spot.
The rankings considered the top 125 cities in the U.S. Colorado Springs was ranked No. 11 last year and No. 5 in 2016.”
“Though many believe Colorado Springs can’t attract — or keep — millennials, that hasn’t been true for years, said Dirk Draper, president of the Colorado Springs Chamber and Economic Development Corporation.
‘I think we’ve kind of hit a sweet spot for folks in that age group,’ Draper said. The city boasts job opportunities in growing industries — including technology and cybersecurity — as well as relatively affordable living and ‘a good quality of life,’ he said.
Draper said the millennial migration brings a slew of benefits: ‘New ideas, forward-leaning thinking — I’m stereotyping here, but often early adopters of technology — just sheer workforce available for us, which is a key for us in helping local companies grow and attracting new companies.'”
The Gazette, along with the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, launched its inaugural Best Workplaces program in which organizations were surveyed and ranked based on responses from employees. The Best Workplaces program was designed to identify companies creating strong and healthy workplace cultures. Organizations were split into four categories based on size: Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. Boecore, Inc. placed in the top three for Large Sized Companies (76 – 299 employees.)
Boecore Inc. won its biggest prime contract in its 17-year history last month from the Air Force, a five-year, $93 million deal to provide near real-time early warning of ballistic missile launches to U.S. military commands and allied nations.
A Colorado defense contractor founded and run by a woman has received the largest contract in its 17-year history.
A woman-owned aerospace and defense engineering company is part of a new $93 million contract from the Department of Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) and Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC).
From preventing network hacks to stopping national attacks, cyber security is a burgeoning technology sector that is becoming increasingly important in our digitally-connected world, and Colorado Springs is leading the way in industry innovation and expertise.
With major companies and a strong military presence, as well as pioneering institutions and a skilled workforce, the industry assets in Colorado Springs create the perfect storm for a cyber security cluster that’s second to none.
According to Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, the city “has what it takes to become the cyber security capital of the nation.” Here’s why:
“Colorado Springs attracts students, professionals and military personnel to the area with a cache of military bases and nationally ranked colleges. Plus, construction in Colorado Springs is booming, with new residences popping up alongside quality schools, parks and cultural attractions.”
CEO and Founder Kathy Boe was recently featured in an episode of The New Cyber Frontier, a podcast series hosted by Chris Gorog focused on cyber security development across Colorado. Tune in to hear Kathy discuss exciting opportunities in Colorado Springs and learn more about the growth of local cyber initiatives.
COLORADO SPRINGS – Sept. 23 – Pikes Peak Community College has received a $199,681 national grant to extend its growing cybersecurity programs, creating new partnerships with area high schools and high-profile cyber firms.
Through a formal agreement with the Center for Innovation, Technology, Research and Commercialization in Colorado Springs, representatives from companies — including aerospace companies Boecore and Boeing — are spending an hour every other day with cadets to exchange ideas and collect information through interviews, questionnaires and on-site visits, including traveling to nearby military bases.
U.S. SEN. Michael Bennet met with women entrepreneurs like Kathy Boe of Boecore Inc. to discuss support and infrastructure needed to grow their businesses.
The Gazette hosted a roundtable discussion with five Colorado Springs women, touching on a variety of issues relating to women at the top, from what’s still wrong in terms of gender inequities in the workplace to strides that have been made.
Participants included Kathy Boe, founder and CEO of defense contractor Boecore; former El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen, who now heads Colorado Springs Forward, Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak.
Boecore Inc., a Colorado Springs aerospace and defense engineering company has been given the Above and Beyond Award for support of military duty by the Colorado Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
Colorado Springs, Colo. –The shortage of technical talent in the aerospace and defense contracting industry isn’t unique to Colorado Springs or Colorado – the company has more than 500 openings in Colorado and 5,500 nationwide for software engineers, information technology professionals and cybersecurity specialists.
Colorado Springs, Colo. – “Boecore employs roughly 40 percent former military, many of which are local.
“They bring a lot of discipline and work ethic and just that kind of environment that we need to be successful and deliver to our customers,” said president Tom Dickson.
Colorado Springs, Colo. – “It’s so big and moving so fast,” said Kathy Boe, CEO of Boecore, a Colorado Springs defense contractor that’s rapidly pushing into cyberspace.
Colorado Springs, Colo. – Kathy Boe started in the defense industry as an engineering assistant when she was just 20 years old. Now she is the owner of her own company, Boecore, with more than 250 employees and contracts with several Department of Defense and Homeland Security customers.
Boe recently talked about her company, her love of Colorado Springs and the local business climate.
Colorado Springs, Colo. – A perfect example of this attitude and drive is embodied by Boecore Inc., a local company profiled by Gazette writer Wayne Heilman in Tuesday’s Business section. Boecore has been around for years as a defense contractor, but it is not resting on its successes.
Colorado Springs, Colo. – Boecore has joined the U.S. Army Reserve’s Cyber Defense Private Public Partnership along with several Colleges and Defense Contractors. Among the Colleges to join the Partnership is the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs, Colo. – Boecore is working to bring the skills of cyber security engineers together with software engineers. With the goal in mind of bringing these two disciplines together to better equip its engineers in the field.
Colorado Springs, Colo. – Kathy Boe discusses the positive impacts of the Mentor/Protege Program for Boecore. Boecore was involved in the Mentor/Protege Program from 2005 through 2010 with Northrop Grumman as the Mentor.
Colorado Springs, Colo. – Boecore Inc. has been awarded a Space and Missile Defense Advisory and Assistance Services (SMDA2S) contract from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC) / Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT). Boecore is one of four awardees on the SMDA2S (multiple award indefinite delivery/indefinite quality) contract which is valued at approximately $496 million over a five-year period. The work will primarily be performed in Colorado Springs, CO, Huntsville, AL, Texas, and the National Capital Region.
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