Harris Corporation to Participate in National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Mentor-Protege Program

Top Quote Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has been selected by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to participate in a mentor-protégé program with Spatial Data Integrations Inc., designated as a women- and minority-owned small business in the geospatial industry. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 01, 2011 - The NGA Mentor-Protégé Program solicits prime contractors to act as mentors to assist small and small disadvantaged businesses in developing technical and business capabilities that will help them compete successfully for prime contract and subcontracts. It is based on a similar Department of Defense (DoD) program in which Harris has participated for the past 10 years, helping small businesses mature, expand and compete in the marketplace.

    NGA specifically selects mentor-protégé agreements that are creative, unique and provide a 50-percent technology transfer component in such areas as geo-intelligence, visualization, all aspects of the electromagnetic spectrum, and tasking, processing, exploitation and dissemination (TPED).

    Harris will mentor Spatial Data Integrations (SDI) in the areas of remotely sensed data processing and quality assurance tools and processes related to cost-efficient feature data collection.

    "We are honored that the NGA selected Harris to serve as a mentor to SDI," said Sheldon Fox, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems. "The program allows us to continue to demonstrate our strong commitment to small businesses in general, and to help foster the growth of small businesses in the competitive geospatial industry. Successful mentor-protégé agreements provide winning results for everyone involved."

    "SDI is very grateful and excited about this opportunity," said Rae Helton, SDI chief executive officer. "We look forward to taking our cooperative teaming and corporate development efforts with Harris to the next level under the NGA Mentor-Protégé program."

    SDI, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is a full-service provider of geospatial services to government agencies, utility companies and private-sector businesses.

    About Harris Corporation
    Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

    Contact Information:

    Sleighton Meyer
    Harris Government Communications Systems
    sleighton.meyer ( @ ) harris dot com

    Jim Burke
    Harris Corporation
    jim.burke ( @ ) harris dot com

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