FAQ for CSU’s involvement with the National Western Center
Why is CSU a partner in this project?
As the state’s land grant institution, CSU was founded on the principles of research, service and outreach. The university is a natural fit as a National Western Center key partner due to the its long history with the National Western Stock Show, as well as educational expertise and innovation in the areas of agriculture, veterinary medicine, engineering, and environmental resources.
Where is the money coming from for CSU’s buildings?
In 2015 the Colorado legislature provided state funding of $200 million for CSU to build facilities at the National Western Center, and another $50 million for the construction of complimentary and support facilities on the CSU campus in Fort Collins.
What will be CSU’s focus at the NWC?
CSU developed five main areas of activity: food systems, water, energy, environment, and health. The areas of focus are intended to encompass a variety of subject areas relevant to global issues and to fit within a context of arts, culture, and economic development on the National Western Center site.
Will CSU compete with outside organizations through its services at the NWC?
No. As a public institution CSU cannot compete with outside entities. All of the services provided at the National Western Center will be delivered in collaboration with professional and/or non-profit groups.
How will CSU be partnering with other entities?
CSU is actively seeking strategic partnerships for the university’s work at the National Western Center.
CSU will have three buildings at the Center, each with a unique focus: CSU Equine Sports Medicine and Community Outreach Clinic, CSU Center, and CSU Water Resources Center.
Community is core to CSU’s plans at the National Western Center, and the feedback of neighbors, and area businesses and non-profits plays a critical role in creating a space that honors heritage and fosters innovation. The National Western Citizen’s Advisory Committee is made up of local residents who helped shape the site Master Plan.
The university has already formed several partnerships, including with Denver Water and PetAid Colorado. Additional partnerships formed will be created based upon the opportunity to collaborate on one of CSU’s areas of focus.
What educational offerings will CSU have at the NWC?
CSU will offer experiential educational opportunities for all ages, including food systems discovery, river-based water research, and animal and human health offerings. CSU aims to contribute programming that provides a positive local and global impact.