Project partners

CSU System has developed strategic partnerships with mission-aligned organizations that will be involved in the National Western Center redevelopment.

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association was founded in 1867, nine years before Colorado became a state. It became the first statewide cattlemen’s association in the nation and has been operating ever since. It was instrumental in the formation of the National Western Stock Show (1899), Colorado Brand Board (1902), the Colorado Beef Council (1956) and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (1995).

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association mission is to be the state’s premier cattlemen’s association that serves as the principal voice and advocate for Colorado beef production.

When the Dumb Friends League was founded in 1910, it was named after a London, England, animal welfare group called “Our Dumb Friends League.” In those days, the term “dumb” was widely used to refer to animals because they lacked the power of human speech. Today, the Dumb Friends League, headquartered in Denver, is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region—providing a strong, compassionate and steadfast voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

The Dumb Friends League is an independent, local, nonprofit organization — not an affiliate of any national animal welfare organizations.

Denver Water serves high-quality water and promotes its efficient use to 1.4 million people in the city of Denver and many surrounding suburbs. Established in 1918, the utility is a public agency funded by water rates and new tap fees, not taxes. It is Colorado’s oldest and largest water utility.

The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District is the wastewater treatment authority for much of metropolitan Denver and parts of northern Colorado. The District serves ~2 million people who live and work within a 715-square mile service area, including Denver, Arvada, Aurora, Brighton, Lakewood, Thornton, and Westminster; collects ~130 million gallons of wastewater per day from neighborhood sewer lines and removes more than 95 percent of the pollutants before discharging it into the South Platte River; and makes wastewater suitable for agriculture, aquatic life, recreation, and water supply.

The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District mission is to protect the region’s health and environment by cleaning water and recovering resources. ​​​​​

The Salazar Center for North American Conservation, founded by former U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, will serve as a venue for discussion of difficult issues, opportunities for innovation, and development of new approaches to key challenges. It will promote a large-scale and systemic view of North American conservation by exploring the implications of interlinked challenges like climate adaptation, land use change, biodiversity loss, and human well-being.

Together We Grow is focused on attracting the best and brightest talent to the increasingly high-tech agriculture industry. This is accomplished through sharing resources, combining efforts, and expanding opportunities to more communities. This consortium is made up of companies, non-governmental organizations, universities and government agencies with a stake in American agriculture and a commitment to building a modern workforce that reflects the communities in which we live and work.

Spur community partners

In alignment with its Land Grant mission and in preparation for being a permanent neighbor at the National Western Center, CSU System is focused on creating partnerships with constituents and residents near the future redevelopment.

Big Green was founded in 2011 by Kimbal Musk and Hugo Matheson. Kimbal and Hugo co-founded The Kitchen Restaurant Group together in 2004 and were supporting local school garden initiatives through their restaurants. They were inspired by the way school gardens can help kids increase their preference for nutritious foods, develop healthier responses to stress, and improve their academic performance. They wanted to find a way to achieve that same kind of local impact at scale, so that children all over the country could reap the benefits of a thriving school garden.

Kimbal and Hugo founded Big Green, formerly The Kitchen Community, in order to create a replicable, scalable school garden solution. They built the first-ever Learning Garden in Denver, Colorado at Schmitt Elementary, where it still thrives today.

Bruce Randolph School serves students in sixth-twelfth grades and is shattering the status-quo by believing all students, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic background, can achieve at the highest levels. BRS creates a learning environment of high expectations and intense support and intervention, where college and post-secondary pathways are explored and realized. BRS believes its students and families deserve the best education possible and is setting a new standard for student achievement in public education, as each year 100% of senior classes are accepted to college.

The mission of Bruce Randolph School is to graduate 100% of seniors prepared to succeed without remediation in a four-year college or university.

Since 1995, Clínica Tepeyac has been providing healthcare services to the local community, with a vision of a healthy community and core values of dignity, integrity, and quality.

The Denver County Fair is relatively new, founded in 2011. It honors many of the fine traditions of America’s county fairs, enjoyed by millions of people for over 100 years, but with an urban twist.

In June 1889, City Librarian John Cotton Dana established Denver’s first public library in a wing of Denver High School. He referred to it as a “center of public happiness.” Today, Denver Public Library has 26 locations dedicated to the mission of connecting people with information, ideas and experiences to provide enjoyment, enrich lives, and strengthen community.

Extreme Community Makeover is a movement of volunteers working in partnership with residents of specific Denver neighborhoods to complete home and neighborhood improvement projects.

These projects include graffiti removal, landscaping, painting, yard work, or other projects identified by the residents. Groups such as churches, companies, families, and schools may participate, or individuals can take part. Equally important as fences that are built are the relationships being built—between the volunteers and community members, among the neighbors on a block, and between the community and resources in their neighborhood.

The Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado (FLTI) offers leadership development and civic literacy training that promotes greater cooperation between individuals, families, institutions, public administrators and elected officials throughout the state.

FLTI is a division under CSU’s Office of Engagement, and supported by CSU Extension, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office of Community Engagement.

Focus Points Family Resource Center is a non-profit organization committed to serving low-income families in the greater northeast Denver area.

During the 2017-18 fiscal year, Focus Points will serve over 1,200 families, most of whom are Spanish-speaking immigrants. Focus Points is committed to:

  • School readiness programs to open doors to future success

  • Family literacy and adult self-sufficiency programs to facilitate independence

  • Healthy living and health access programs to promote active, vibrant living

  • Parent engagement and community leadership to foster empowerment

  • Creating economic opportunities and workforce training for immigrants and refugees within northeast Denver

Since 1904, Garden Place Academy has operated in Globeville as a team of dedicated men and women who share an inspiring enthusiasm and an unwavering commitment in ensuring each and every student thrives in school and in life.

In 1948, at a time when the public school system denied an education to their two sons because they were “mentally retarded,” Joseph and Elizabeth Calabrese invested their life savings into the creation of Laradon. Named after their two sons, Larry and Don, Laradon was the first charitable organization in the Rocky Mountain region to offer support, education and training to children with developmental disabilities.

Laradon’s Mission is to be an organization of excellence that provides superior, individualized services to children and adults with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities, supporting their independence in daily life and maximizing their full potential.

Metro Denver CAT is a collaboration of animal welfare groups working together to make Denver a place where cats are valued and cared for by an engaged community.  Metro Denver CAT works for cats that are owned, in shelters or on the streets, and community or feral cats by providing free services in targeted neighborhoods of 80219, 80204, 80223, and 80216.

Services include:

  • Free spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccines package for pet and community cats
  • Free comprehensive TNR (Trap-Neuter- Return)
  • Resources and supplies for outdoor management
  • Advice and resources for a variety of other cat related issues

Swansea Elementary is a ECE 4-year-old to 5th grade elementary school located in the Swansea neighborhood. Swansea serves a variety of students, using current and best practices in literacy, mathematics, science, and character education, Swansea Elementary practices No-Nonsense Nurturing techniques to support high expectations and academics for all students. Swansea students can receive their early years of instruction in Spanish, in order to support a strong foundation in their native language before transitioning to English.

The GrowHaus is a nonprofit indoor farm, marketplace and educational center in Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood. Their vision is a world where all communities have the means to nourish themselves, and their mission is to create a community-driven, neighborhood-based food system by serving as a hub for food distribution, production, education, and economic opportunity.

Founding partners

CSU System is one of the five founding partners of the National Western Center. Since 2014, the partners have collaborated to create a vision for the redevelopment, and all will play an integral role into the future on the site.

The City & County of Denver is one of the founding partners of the National Western Center redevelopment. In 2016, the Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center was formed to lead the efforts of the new campus.

The Colorado State University System has three campuses, each with distinct roles and missions.

The CSU campuses serve the state, region, country, and world, educating nearly 60,000 students annually. Highly skilled graduates number almost 9,000 per year, and more than 250,000 alumni live around the globe. The CSU System involves a total operating budget of more than $1.15 billion, with annual research expenditures at the Fort Collins campus totaling $375 million.

The mission of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is to be a catalyst and ignite community passion for nature and science. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science envisions an empowered community that loves, understands, and protects the natural world.

Established in 1879, History Colorado is a trusted leader in helping people understand what it means to be a Coloradan—by sharing powerful stories, honoring Colorado’s treasured memories, and creating vibrant communities.

History Colorado offers access to Colorado’s history through cultural and heritage resources like museums and historic sites statewide, programs for families and adults, stewardship of Colorado’s historic treasures, and resources for students and teachers making a positive impact on preschoolers, students in grades K-12, and those in higher education. History Colorado provides programs and services related to historic preservation and archaeology as well as access to a vast collection of archives, artifacts, and historical photography.

The National Western Stock Show, established in 1906, is the premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show in the nation, serving agricultural producers and consumers throughout the world. It is an organization providing education in agriculture, including college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture and veterinary medicine for practice in rural areas.

The National Western Stock Show, one of Colorado’s preeminent tourist destinations, is held every January for 16 days. A nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment event, the stock show hosts one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows and Colorado’s largest western trade show, attracting attendance numbers over 650,000 visitors each year.

Throughout this historic event, the National Western strives to strengthen American agriculture through enrichment programs and youth education in livestock, equestrian, farming, ranching, animal awareness and appreciation, by celebrating western lifestyles and communities, and providing life-long memories and family traditions.