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The visionary complex design includes a blending of old and new facilities, new public spaces and new multi-

modal connections. These include the reactivation of nearly a mile of the South Platte River, which is purposefully

linked to support the site’s year-round programming and connects the site to surrounding neighborhoods, parks,

and destinations.

The complete complex, to be built in multiple phases over 10 or more years, includes:

• New Livestock Center and Stockyards/Events Pavilion*

• New Equestrian Center including an Equine Sports Medicine Facility*

• Revitalized riverfront*

• New infrastructure and connectivity to the North Denver neighborhoods and complex*

• New Arena

• New Exposition Hall

• The CSU Center

• Public plaza spaces

• 1909 Stadium Arena repurposed as a year-round market

• New Water Resources Center

* The critical-path elements highlighted in red are included in this funding request.

The proposed new livestock, stockyard, and equestrian facilities, along with necessary new infrastructure,

comprise the primary drivers of increased tourism at the site. They also form the basis for economic

development of the NWC and connectivity to the entire North Denver region.

RTA REQUIREMENTS MET

The National Western Center excels in all RTA assessment factors:

• Extraordinary and unique nature:

– A unique confluence of economic development and tourism, from an expanded stock show and

new-to-the-state equestrian events, to agricultural education/research opportunities, and new

conferences and events

– A unique convergence of partners, bridging traditional western culture, history, art, education,

entertainment, science, medicine, research and development

– A chance to redevelop a site and knit together neighborhoods and a region

• Significant barrier to entry

– Impossible to replicate inside or outside Colorado

– One of the largest urban-infill projects in Colorado history

• Project start-date within five years

• Project completion within 10 years

ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE NEW FACILITIES

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• Significant contribution to economic development

– $6.7 billion in “net new” visitor spending over 30 years of stabilized operations

• Significant increase in tourism

– Over 100 new tourist events annually

– Over 2.2 million total annual attendance

– 1,056,050 new visitors annually

– 711,711 “net new” visitors

– Roughly 40% of net new visitors will be from outside Colorado

– Roughly 60% of net new visitors will be from inside Colorado – enjoying new programs and

facilities that would previously require leaving the state to attend

• RTZ incremental state sales tax estimate from net new visitors over 30 years of stabilized operations:

– $128.2 million

– Co-funding elements identified

• Employment generation during construction

– 3,920 construction jobs

– 2,350 induced jobs

• Employment after construction

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RTA Section 14 – Economic Analysis, pp. 62-64

SECTION

3,920 CONSTRUCTION JOBS

2,350 INDUCED JOBS

Future phases: The CSU Center and the

1916 Livestock Exchange building will provide

the core spaces for agribusiness and education.