The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) announced that it has received more than 30 property submittals for the Colorado Association of Manufacturing and Technology’s (CAMT) proposed Aerospace and Clean Energy (ACE) Manufacturing and Innovation Park to be located in the Metro Denver region.
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Last December, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. joined NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, and Elaine Thorndike, CEO of CAMT, in signing the Space Act Agreement, creating the Technology Acceleration Program (TAP). The program aims to spearhead the growth of a regional innovation cluster. It hopes to shorten the time between development and production of clean energy and aerospace technologies.
TAP will permit established companies and startups to leverage existing NASA and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) resources, engage in joint development projects, and help grow the region’s workforce in these industries.
As part of the agreement, CAMT will partner with private sector companies to develop the ACE Park in Metro Denver, which will house up to 100 businesses interested in sharing services, equipment, and access to NASA and NREL, and other expertise and technologies. NASA will provide a Regional Innovation Ambassador to the TAP to help provide direct links to NASA and its resources. For details on the project, download the Fact Sheet below.
“This initiative is an example of a regional economic development strategy that engages communities and private industry, and leverages state and federal funding to create jobs. This national pilot program designed to accelerate introduction of new products to market focuses and builds upon Colorado’s unique strengths in aerospace and clean energy,” said Elaine Thorndike, CAMT CEO.
On February 2, 2011, the Metro Denver EDC distributed on CAMT’s behalf two Requests for Proposal (RFPs) related to the ACE Park:
The Metro Denver EDC’s standard protocol for any site selection project involving area economic developers, cities, counties, and property owners calls for total confidentiality to protect the interests of all parties involved, whether they are public, private, or nonprofit.
CAMT leadership and its Board have assembled a team of experts to help evaluate the site proposals submitted, with CAMT to make the final decision on selection of the site and any further negotiations related to the project. The review process is expected to take several weeks, with a public announcement to be made pending the final decision.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the ACE Manufacturing and Innovation Park. And view a video from the Colorado Association of Manufacturing and Technology below.