LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The governor of New Mexico has hosted about 30 executives in the aerospace industry at a closed-door summit to reportedly collaborate on strategies promoting business development in the state.
Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke Wednesday to leaders from Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic and multiple laboratories and businesses at the Space Valley Summit held at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces Sun-News reported Thursday.
All reporters were asked to leave following a series of introductory speeches and after the governor said every New Mexico resident should know “exactly what is happening here.” Her office said Friday that the governor was unaware that the summit was going to be a closed event.
Scott McLaughlin, the spaceport’s director of business development, told the Sun-News that discussions over the four hours did not include proprietary or sensitive information, but broader topics such as science education, how New Mexico can retain graduates, and opportunities for the state to attract more aerospace businesses.
The recent creation of the U.S. Space Force, an initiative promoted by President Donald Trump, also was a topic, he said.