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Karen Utz, Regional Director, Western New York at Empire State Development to Join the New York Space Business Roundtable December 20th Discussion

(December 18, 2023 – New York City) The New York Space Business Roundtable (NYSBR) is delighted to announce that Karen Utz, Regional Director, Western New York at Empire State Development, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming virtual event on December 20. The event, titled “Commercial Space & Tonawanda, New York: A Return to Glory,” will focus on the state of the space industry in small towns in New York, posing the critical question: can space and satellite revive old industrial New York?

Joining Karen Utz will be:

  • Adam Maher, CEO, Ursa Space, and 2011 SSPI Promise Award Recipient
  • Asad Malik, CEO, iRocket, and 2023 20 Under 35 Honoree
  • Gregory C. Ray, Sr. Director, New York Consortium for Space Technology Innovation & Development

The roundtable discussion will provide an update on “The State of Space,” featuring insights from Patrick Chase and Evan Learner, Cofounders of Empire Space, as a compliment to our regular Significant Digits feature, this month provided by Jason Rainbow, Sr. Staff Writer at SpaceNews. Louis Zacharilla, SSPI Director of Innovation will moderate and Joseph D. Fargnoli, of the New York Space Alliance, will provide his always insightful “New York Minute” reaction to the discussion.

Key questions to be addressed in the Roundtable include:

  • What has transpired in New York since the initial inquiry into whether the commercial space and satellite industry can revitalize industrial hubs?
  • Is New York, with its talent, financial prowess, and historic innovation, successfully capitalizing on the continued growth of the sector?
  • What is the state of mind in New York concerning commercial space, and where is the investment flowing?
  • Are cities like Buffalo, Schenectady and Rochester experiencing the anticipated economic revitalization?

The NYSBR invites media representatives, industry professionals, and the public to participate in this engaging discussion on December 20. The event promises to shed light on the dynamic intersection of commercial space endeavors and the revitalization of New York’s industrial landscape. You can learn more and register for the Roundtable at

About the New York Space Business Roundtable
The New York Space Business Roundtable is a regularly scheduled monthly program that explores the business, financing and ethical governance of the commercial space sector. Because of New York’s prominence as a global financial center, it is the place where “Space does business.” It is also the place where the industry will discuss social issues that impact the finance and business of Space and the highly charged and fast-growing Satellite industry.

Produced in association with the New York Space Alliance and with the support of the Consulate General of Luxembourg Office of Trade and Investment Office (LTIO), as well as SpaceNews magazine, the World Teleport Association and the Washington Space Business Roundtable, the Roundtable gathers every third Wednesday of the month.

About SSPI
Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International ( is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.

For More Information
Victoria Krisman
Communications Manager
Space & Satellite Professionals International

 December 18, 2023