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STORM INTEGRATION INC. BECOMES CIT'S FIRST INCUBATOR CLIENT

 STORM INTEGRATION INC. BECOMES CIT'S FIRST INCUBATOR CLIENT
 HERNDON, Va., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Storm Integration Inc., a developer of satellite tracking and control systems and software, has become the first client firm accepted into the recently established Virginia Space Business Incubator.
 Storm will occupy offices in the Incubator, located at Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) headquarters complex in Herndon. These offices will be the company's new corporate headquarters. The firm's newly established R&D laboratory, consisting of a network of several advanced computer work stations and system development tools, also will locate in the Incubator.
 Chris Bourassa, president of the 10-member firm, said the decision to move the firm to Virginia was an easy one. "In addition to excellent facilities," said Bourassa, "The services provided to Storm by the Incubator staff will help us in further expanding the company's business base."
 While Storm has several corporate clients, much of its business depends on military contracts. According to Bourassa, Storm will pursue more corporate and commercial customers in the future.
 The company now is performing on its first commercial contract for Motorola Inc., providing engineering services for the ground control segment of the IRIDIUM worldwide cellular communications system.
 Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology manages the Virginia Space Business Incubator in cooperation with the George Mason University (GMU) Incubator Program. The incubator opened last year following a ceremony led by Virginia Lt. Gov. Donald S. Beyer Jr., who also chaired the state's Economic Recovery Commission.
 Stephen Morgan, CIT director for space industry development, directs the Incubator and helps firms identify new space-related contacts and business opportunities. GMU's Catherine Renault manages the Incubator and provides business planning and administrative support services to Incubator clients.
 "The aerospace industry is a very important segment of Virginia's economy," said CIT President and former Virginia Gov. Linwood Holton. "While many states are losing aerospace jobs, CIT is helping to create jobs in this industry here in Virginia."
 CIT's space industry development program is a leader among several state-sponsored space initiatives. It provides technical and research support to aerospace firms through Virginia universities, as well as providing business help through the Incubator.
 The Incubator includes 21 offices and several larger suites on the fifth floor of the CIT Tower. In addition to tenant clients, it also provides business aid to firms seeking to operate elsewhere in Virginia.
 Incubator office space also is available to established firms that seek to develop a presence in the national capital region. Its clients will gain access to the full range of CIT-sponsored business help and university R&D programs.
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 /CONTACT: Michael P. Gleason of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, 703-689-3013/ CO: Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology; Storm Integration
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