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HTC Names New Director of Strategic Relations for JSC Extended Campus

Houston Technology Center Names New Director of Strategic Relations
Kira Blackwell to play key role in HTC’s initiative at Johnson Space Center

HOUSTON, Texas (January 24, 2012) – Houston Technology Center (HTC), a business accelerator and the largest business incubator in Texas,announced today the addition of Kira Blackwell as the organization’s new Director of Strategic Relations at the Houston Technology Center – JSC Campus.

As the Director of Strategic Relations for the HTC – JSC Campus, Kira will facilitate new partnerships within the aerospace and commercial industries leveraging the NASA/JSC innovative technologies, capabilities, and expertise that has served to advance our country’s space program and sustained the local JSC community economically. Prior to joining HTC, Kira worked as the Director of Strategic Relations for one of the largest contractors for NASA, supporting the engineering and science contract out of NASA Johnson Space Center. Kira brings with her a background in strategic planning, marketing, public relations, and education. In addition, she is an active member of her community serving on various boards and committees, volunteering her time and expertise where needed. As a local resident, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston.

“Kira’s deep commitment to the space industry, her many relationships, and her infectious enthusiasm make her the ideal person to represent the Houston Technology Center to the NASA/aerospace community”, said Walter Ulrich, President & CEO, Houston Technology Center. “We are delighted that she will have a strategic role in our incubation/acceleration capability at the JSC campus.”

The Houston Technology Center is providing local assistance at the Johnson Space Center campus to early stage companies and burgeoning entrepreneurs, with the support of strategic partners, expert advisors and the extensive HTC community helping them to take their innovative ideas and develop strategies for translating them into successful businesses.

About Houston Technology Center
Named by Forbes’ as one of “Ten Technology Incubators Changing the World,” the Houston Technology Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a business accelerator and the largest technology business incubator in Texas, advancing the commercialization of emerging technology companies in the greater Houston area. As a catalyst for change, economic growth and development, HTC’s focus is to assist entrepreneurs within several key sectors: energy, information technology, life sciences, nanotechnology, and NASA/aerospace. For more information visitwww.HoustonTech.org or connect with HTC on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter @HouTechCenter.

CONTACT:
Maggie Joplin
Director, Marketing & Communications

Houston Technology Center
410 Pierce Street
Houston, Texas 77002
Direct: 832-476-9235
Main: 713-658-1750
Fax: 713-658-1744
www.HoustonTech.org

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