GEO-Energy Summit to Focus on National Security and Energy Independence

Summit presents Huntsville’s expertise in geospatial technology and energy management 

September 23, 2014 – Huntsville, AL - The  GEO-Energy Summit and Educational Forum will take place November 12-13, 2014 at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, hosted by GEO Huntsville and Energy Huntsville in conjunction with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

The GEO-Energy Summit 2014 will host corporations and government agencies demonstrating emerging technologies that sustain our future energy needs, work toward interoperable and effective technology integration, and provide the backbone for economic security.

 “This Summit provides the opportunity to bring the area’s technology companies together to discuss the synergies and recognize the challenges of integrating technologies that can fundamentally impact our national security,” said Joe Francica, conference co-chairman, editor-in-chief, Directions Magazine and lead for GEO Huntsville.

“Huntsville’s expertise in geospatial and energy management is well-established and our technology footprint is positioned for growth given our outstanding heritage in space exploration and innovation,” said Jay Newkirk, conference co-chairman and lead for Energy Huntsville.

The Summit will be held November 12 and 13 in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration auditorium at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama. Mayor Tommy Battle and Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO of the USSRC, will provide the welcome address.  The Summit will feature plenary panel sessions with senior executives from organizations such as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the TVA and many others.

Keynote speaker for the event will be  Robert Cardillo, newly appointed director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Guest speakers will include.  Bill Johnson, CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority;  Mark Reichardt, president of the Open Geospatial Consortium; and Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., chairman of the Stimson Center.

Registration and information

The conference organizers encourage early registration, which will cost only $95. The cost for students is $25. More information about speaking at or sponsoring the conference can be found at the conference website,

About GEO Huntsville

GEO Huntsville is a collaborative effort among businesses, academic and government entities to support workforce growth and economic development in geospatial technologies in Huntsville, Alabama. GEO Huntsville is keenly focused on cultivating business opportunities and bringing awareness to the vast geospatial technologies and capabilities that exist within the region. As Huntsville is a major center for defense and intelligence support functions, the region has an extensive presence within the GEOINT profession and looks to substantively contribute to the tradecraft through our many partners and local activities.

About Energy Huntsville

Energy Huntsville is a collaboration of more than 100 businesses, federal agencies, universities, and other organizations focused on facilitating the innovation, education and coordination needed to drive our community's energy economy.  Energy Huntsville will contribute to the diversification of the region’s research and test portfolio, workforce and economy by linking the engineering, modeling and simulation, testing and technology strengths of the Northern Alabama region with key customer requirements and national policy directives for advanced energy systems and applications.

About Directions Media

The conference is produced and managed by  Directions Media, the global leader in collectively covering all aspects of location technology: geographic information systems (GIS), location intelligence, digital mapping and location-based services (LBS).  Directions Media, with offices in Huntsville, Alabama and Glencoe, Illinois, encompasses four media properties:  Directions Magazine, and  All Points Blog, as well as the Location Intelligence and GEO-Energy Summit annual conferences. More information can be found at

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