Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign the Colorado Cybersecurity Initiative into law during special ceremonies scheduled for 2:45 p.m. May 20 on El Pomar Plaza.
Hickenlooper will sign HB 16-1453 which identifies Colorado Springs as the location for the National Cyber Intelligence Center to respond to cyber-attacks, to train government and private sector leaders to respond to them and to do workforce development and research. The bill supports a partnership of academics at UCCS and other higher education institutions to leverage military, state, federal, local government as well as private sector resources. The bill provides $8 million in state funds to be used to renovate a UCCS-owned building at 3650 N. Nevada Ave.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Frisco, and Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs. It passed the Colorado House April 29 by a vote of 52-13 and the Colorado Senate May 4 by a vote of 30 to 5. The legislation can be viewed at http://www.leg.state.co.us/CLICS/CLICS2016A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/0528CBE6CA4319BD87257F3A007B1CEF?Open&file=1453_enr.pdf
The bill sponsors, and many of its stakeholders including UCCS leadership, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, military leaders and industry representatives, are expected to attend the approximately 30-minute ceremony.
Ceremony details are:
- 2:45 p.m., May 20, El Pomar Plaza, University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Please see http://www.uccs.edu/map. El Pomar Plaza is located west of the Kraemer Family Library (KFL). In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to the Kraemer Family Library third floor.
- Parking is free. Lot 224 is recommended.