The Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology and Colorado State University today announced their agreement for CSU to operate the CAMT Northern Colorado Manufacturing Extension Partnership Regional Office. This partnership fits into efforts of the Colorado Regional Innovation Cluster for Aerospace and Clean Energy, which is a strategic statewide approach to promote innovation and global competitiveness, leverage federal funds and attract private capital investment in the region.
The CAMT office will be a part of Colorado State’s Office of Engagement – a primary outreach arm of the university which includes CSU Extension, the Office of Community and Economic Development, and Continuing Education among other programs – and housed within Colorado State University Extension, which actively serves 59 Colorado counties.
“We are thrilled to have formalized our partnership with CSU,” said Elaine Thorndike, CEO of CAMT. “We have several projects lined up this year with CSU, including Asset Mapping and Supplier, Development for the Aerospace and Clean Energy cluster, in addition to CAMT and CSU Extension staff working together to provide technical assistance to rural communities.”
“The Colorado State and CAMT relationship is yet another example of how innovation from CSU research can benefit the private sector by addressing real-world questions and improving the economic and personal well-being of Colorado citizens and beyond,” said Bill Farland, vice president for Research at CSU.
Cynthia Christie, who has worked with manufacturing companies in the Northern Colorado area as a CAMT regional director for more than 10 years, will be housed at CSU and work in partnership to further several agreed-upon initiatives:
• Transfer technologies and techniques developed by federal agencies and contractors to business clients throughout the state;
• Convene the marketplace including individuals from industry, academic institutions, state government and federal agencies in cooperative, technology-transfer activities;
• Make new technologies and processes useable by business clients; and
• Disseminate scientific, engineering, technical and management information about manufacturing to manufacturers.
About the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology
The Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology (CAMT) is a statewide manufacturing assistance center dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers. CAMT is a public/private partnership convening government, not-for-profit and industry resources to provide services and programs that make Colorado firms thrive. CAMT is the state affiliate of the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce, providing unique access to federal and state programs. For more information, visit CAMT’s website at www.camt.com.
About Colorado State University
Colorado State University is one of the nation’s leading research universities with world-class research in infectious disease, atmospheric science, clean-energy technologies and environmental science. It was founded in 1870 as Colorado Agricultural College, six years before the Colorado Territory became a state. Last year, CSU awarded degrees to 5,800 graduates, and this year, it attracted more than $300 million in research funding. Colorado State is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive. For more information, visit CSU’s website at www.colostate.edu.