Colorado State University System, City and County of Denver, Western Stock Show Association, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and History Colorado are the five founding partners of the National Western Center redevelopment.

Denver Water and Dumb Friends League have become major programmatic partners within the CSU buildings, and partners are added regularly to the CSU efforts, as well as the larger National Western Center redevelopment.

As Colorado’s land-grant institution, CSU was founded on the principles of research, service, and outreach — thus, providing mission-alignment with the National Western Center redevelopment project.

The University is also a natural fit as a National Western Center key partner due to 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.

In 2015, the Colorado legislature provided state funding of $200 million for CSU to build three facilities at the National Western Center: CSU Water Building, CSU Center for Food and Agriculture, and CSU Animal Health Complex. Another $50 million was allocated for the construction of complementary and support facilities on the CSU campus in Fort Collins: Health Education Outreach Center, Translational Medicine Institute, and Equine Vet Teaching Hospital.

CSU is focused around food systems, water, sustainability, and human and animal health. These areas of focus are intended to encompass a variety of subject areas relevant to the most pressing global issues and to fit within a context of arts, culture, and economic development on the National Western Center site.

The National Western Center formed when several partners came together to make sure that the National Western Stock Show continued to stay in Denver. To make this happen, the City & County of Denver proposed redeveloping the Stock Show site into a year-round destination. CSU System joined the project as the educational anchor, and gained support from the Colorado legislature to build three buildings focused on public access to education and research on pressing world issues. Those three buildings make up Spur, a campus within the larger National Western Center campus. As a System offering, Spur will represent CSU Fort Collins, CSU Global, and CSU Pueblo, as well as be a platform for external partners to share programming.

CSU is actively seeking strategic partnerships for the University’s work at the National Western Center. Community is core to CSU’s plans at the National Western Center, and the feedback of neighbors, area businesses, and nonprofits plays a critical role in creating a space that honors heritage and fosters innovation. The National Western Citizens Advisory Committee is made up of local residents who helped shape the site’s Master Plan.

The University has already formed partnerships with Denver Water, the Denver Dumb Friends League, and Together We Grow.

CSU has a long-standing commitment to the neighborhoods and organizations in the areas surrounding the future Spur campus. The University has developed more than 15 partnerships with local organizations and schools, and has taken the approach of getting to know – and listening to – the community, supporting the multitude of assets in the community already, and responding as possible to community requests.

CSU’s programming in the community to-date is reflective of the offerings the University will have at Spur.

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.

Spur is comprised of three buildings: CSU Water Building, CSU Animal Health Complex, and CSU Center for Food and Agriculture. All three buildings will break ground in 2020 and open in 2022.

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 nonprofit groups.

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