Dec 2013: Nevada Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research and Test Site Award
July 2012- New Award Prime Contract Award Seaport e Rolling Admissions Solicitation N00178-12-R-4000
2011-2014: $51.8M 3yr SAIC Prime, Subcontract Sapphire Innovative Solutions, Inc
2008-2011: $10.7M 3yr SAIC/New Directions Technology Inc Prime, Subcontract Sapphire Innovative Solutions Inc
Marie Collins Johns
March 29, 2012 Las Vegas Convention Center
Marie Collins Johns (b. August 19, 1951)  is the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), a federal agency which provides small businesses with access to capital and government contracts, counseling and training, and disaster relief. She was nominated by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2009, and confirmed unanimously by the Senate on June 22, 2010. Johns is a former president and CEO of the telecommunications company Verizon, Washington, D.C. She made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2006, Washington, DC Mayoral Race. The President of Sapphire Innovative Solutions, Inc received an invitation to meet with Marie Collins Johns the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration to discuss issues concerning Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business in a round table format.
Dec 2012 dedicated a website for American Veteran in Nevada designed to provide a single source for benefit information
The Nevada Veteran Support Service Central (http://www.nvssc.net)
NVSSC March 29, 2012 Las Vegas Convention Center: The President of Sapphire Innovative Solutions Inc received an invitation to meet with Marie Collins Johns, the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, to discuss issues concerning Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business in a round table format.
Remarks by President Obama
January 2013 Las Vegas - Received a White House Business Council VIP invitation to attend the historic immigration speech in Las Vegas "Remarks by President Obama".
Press Release - FAA Selects Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research and Test Sites - December 30, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced the selection of the six public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around the country. These congressionally-mandated test sites will conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace over the next several years.
State of Nevada, Nevada’s project objectives concentrate on UAS standards and operations as well as operator standards and certification requirements. The applicant’s research will also include a concentrated look at how air traffic control procedures will evolve with the introduction of UAS into the civil environment and how these aircraft will be integrated with NextGen. Nevada’s selection contributes to geographic and climatic diversity.
Sapphire Innovative Solutions, Inc. teamed with the State of Nevada as a contributing author to write the winning proposal for the FAA UAS Research and Test Site Award. The state of Nevada won a larger part of this work which could reach $90 billion in economic opportunity nationwide. The FAA UAS Research and Test Site Award will have a huge economic impact to the State of Nevada, creating jobs and create a host of contracting opportunities, and a variety of support services. Sapphire Innovative Solutions, Inc. looks to become a preferred service provider for Communications Technology, Spectrum Assurance, Integration, Command and Control, Data links, Training, IV&V, Research/Studies, Testing, Security, and Cyber.