Colorado State University - Pueblo hosts forum on opportunities in Homeland Security

Colorado State University - Pueblo hosts forum on opportunities in Homeland Security

PUEBLO – How Pueblo can play a role in the expanding homeland security industry will be the focus of the Colorado Economic Development Forum sponsored by Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Political Science Department and its Center for the Study of Homeland Security. The forum, “Homeland Security Threats/Opportunities,” will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 at the Rawlings Library Ryals Room, 100 E Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, Colo. The event will include an hors d’oeuvres reception and dinner as well as a panel of distinguished speakers representing the government, military, and the University. The cost of the event is $25 per person. Due to space limitations, RSVPs are requested by March 25.

Homeland Security/Homeland Defense is one of the most rapidly growing industries in the United States today as well as a vital component of the Southern Colorado regional economy. In addition to our military installations and Department of Homeland Security facilities, state and local government have significant first responder duties in civil emergencies and natural disasters. In each of these areas, government and military authorities partner with civic and business leaders to meet critical security needs.

This Colorado Economic Development Forum will host distinguished speakers who will address how Pueblo can play a role in the expanding homeland security industry. Among the questions to be covered at the forum are: 
●What are the key concerns of federal, state, and military authorities?
● In which elements of critical infrastructure protection are Pueblo area businesses already positioned to contribute?
● How can local businesses and community organizations earn contracts with the Department of Defense?

This forum also marks the inauguration of CSU-Pueblo’s new Center for the Study of Homeland Security, which offers certificate classes in Pueblo and Colorado Springs to prepare students, as well as military, law enforcement, and emergency personnel, for careers in this dynamic industry.

Featured speakers will include Hans Kallam, Director, Colorado Department of Emergency Management; Joe O’Keefe, Protective Security Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Joseph Catalino, Jr., Chief, Private Sector/NGO Division, Interagency Coordination Directorate, NORAD and U.S. NORTHCOM;  David Malet, Director of CSU-Pueblo’s Center for the Study of Homeland Security; and Master of Ceremonies Jeff Chostner, Pueblo County Commissioner.  

For more information, contact Malet at 719-549-2800 or Checks should be mailed to CSU-Pueblo Political Science Department, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, CO, 81001. 


Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.