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NEW PARTNERSHIPS, NEW HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

In July 2013, the City and County of Denver, Colorado State University, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science,

History Colorado and the Western Stock Show Association entered into a memorandum of understanding to

establish a bold new vision for the site and develop an integrated master plan for a new National Western

Center. The partners bring a wealth of diverse resources to the table; the master plan they have jointly devel-

oped for the NWC sets the stage for the transformation of the National Western.

CORRIDOR OF OPPORTUNITY

Mayor Hancock envisions the transformation of the National Western Complex as part of a bold vision to re-

energize and reconnect three of Denver’s oldest northern neighborhoods into a new economic gateway that

links Denver Union Station to Denver International Airport, further elevating the global reach of Colorado’s

capital. The NWC will be at the heart of what Mayor Hancock calls the Corridor of Opportunity. He has estab-

lished the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative as the agency to spearhead this major effort to align project

planning and implementation.

A HISTORIC SITE SURROUNDED BY SIGNIFICANT CHANGE

Considerable thought has gone into the decision to build the National Western Center at the National Western

Stock Show’s current site. While costly infrastructure improvements are required to set the stage for future devel-

opment, the stock show’s historic value as a Colorado tradition and economic engine for the agricultural industry

cannot be ignored. Meanwhile, the considerable public investment planned by the City and County of Denver,

RTD, and CDOT to improve the transportation corridors surrounding the site will result in significantly better access

for tourists and residents alike. These infrastructure projects provide significant leverage for the NWC.

FACILITIES FOR THE NEXT CENTURY

The master plan for the new National Western Center includes:

• New facilities to expand and diversify National Western’s existing programming

• New facilities to attract more tourists, foster economic development, provide educational resources

and bring together the diverse elements of Colorado’s rich agricultural heritage on one central complex:

– New equestrian and livestock events

– Expanded trade show events

– Equestrian medicine

– Modern food system research

and management

– Agricultural research and development

– Historic stock show event

– Business incubation

– Experiments in urban agriculture

– Western art and history

– Natural sciences and resource management

– Global-level conferences

– Expert-led Agricultural education

• New infrastructure to meet the needs of the 21st century

• New facilities to expand and diversify National Western’s existing programming

The Corridor of Opportunity runs from

Denver Union Station to Denver Interna-

tional Airport. The NWC is located at the

Brighton Interchange with I-70 and is the

Gateway to downtown on the Corridor.

The Corridor of Opportunity and North

Denver Cornerstone Collaborative

Working Together to Transform a Region

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