The Ace 13 in Colorado

The 13th Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) will take place from May 17-22, 2020, in the City and County of Denver, Jefferson County, and El Paso County, Colorado

The 13th ACE Preliminary Agenda

Denver

Denver is the capital of Colorado and is the most populous municipality of the State of Colorado. Known as the “Mile High City” due to its elevation being one mile above sea level, Denver has been recognized as a “Beta-World City” by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. Denver is the fastest growing city of the 50 largest U.S. cities (2018, Wallethub),the second-best place to live (2019, U.S. News & World Report) and is the fourth-best place for business and careers (2018, Forbes).

Denver is the core of a future-focused metro region marked by partnerships in innovation across industry, academia, and the public sector. Collaboration and inclusion are at the center of Denver’s continued success. New technologies borne out of innovation-driven public-private partnerships create opportunities for all residents to be part of the increasingly skill-driven economy and help support businesses of all sizes.

Among the top sites ACE 13 will visit in Denver are Coors Field, the Panasonic Pena Station NEXT (Smart City), Denver International Airport, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and the National Western Center.

ACE 13 will open with a welcoming reception at the home of Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies, Coors Field. ACE delegates will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium and get to enjoy the stellar views while networking with global and community leadership. Sports are an essential anchor of the Experience Economy of Denver and Colorado, with a significant impact on jobs, regional economies, and life quality for communities and families

Panasonic Pena Station NEXT is a new vision of a transit-oriented community. Currently located at the first train stop from Denver International Airport, Pena Station NEXT is a new kind of community and a global showcase for integrating innovation into the fabric of cities -setting a new standard for smart, sustainable, connected living. Participants will tour the area and meet with senior leaders of Panasonic to learn about how they can contribute to integrating innovation into the fabric of this community and other cities around the world.

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the 19th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest in the U.S. With close to 65 million passengers traveling through the airport in 2018, DEN is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $26 billion for the region annually. Delegates will meet with leaders from the executive team, learn about how the airport participates in local economic development efforts and understand the opportunity to leverage the vast amount of land to build out commercial districts. This visit will showcase investment opportunities, professional development by sharing best practices, and demonstrate how an airport can contribute to the vitality of an economy. DEN is looking to expand connections and business opportunities with the Western Hemisphere and beyond.

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative education, science, medicine, and healthcare. Located on a former army campus, delegates will get a comprehensive tour of the facility, meet and converse with leading experts from different medical disciplines, and learn about existing partnerships with countries in the Western Hemisphere as well as uncover opportunities for future collaborations in research, technology transfer and other areas of the health science sector.

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the 19th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest in the U.S. With close to 65 million passengers traveling through the airport in 2018, DEN is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $26 billion for the region annually. Delegates will meet with leaders from the executive team, learn about how the airport participates in local economic development efforts and understand the opportunity to leverage the vast amount of land to build out commercial districts. This visit will showcase investment opportunities, professional development by sharing best practices, and demonstrate how an airport can contribute to the vitality of an economy. DEN is looking to expand connections and business opportunities with the Western Hemisphere and beyond.

The National Western Center is a reimagined master-planned campus that will be a vibrant, dynamic and accessible educational and entertainment environment that celebrates Colorado’s western heritage and solves global issues through research and collaboration. It is a shared vision between founding partners from the City and County of Denver, Colorado State University, the Western Stock Show Association, the Museum of Nature and Science, and History Colorado. These organizations, combined with input from local community members, made this vision a reality. Delegates will hear from the lead organizations about how collaboration brought this project to life and will learn about opportunities for their respective communities to tap into this resource on food, water, and sustainability issues.

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the 19th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest in the U.S. With close to 65 million passengers traveling through the airport in 2018, DEN is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $26 billion for the region annually. Delegates will meet with leaders from the executive team, learn about how the airport participates in local economic development efforts and understand the opportunity to leverage the vast amount of land to build out commercial districts. This visit will showcase investment opportunities, professional development by sharing best practices, and demonstrate how an airport can contribute to the vitality of an economy. DEN is looking to expand connections and business opportunities with the Western Hemisphere and beyond.

El Paso County

Formed in 1859 and designated as one of Colorado’s original 17 counties in 1861, El Paso County is now the most populous county in the state of Colorado and home to eight cities and towns; five major military installations including the United States Air Force Academy, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, and Fort Carson Army Base; the Garden of the Gods Park; and America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak. The natural physical beauty of the area, encompassing uninterrupted views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range, inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the poem “America the Beautiful” after her visit here.

El Paso County features multiple outdoor recreation opportunities, promotion of physical well-being and active lifestyles, and a strong military presence. El Paso County is a prime example of how to build a community around nature, tourism, job creation, and innovation. With 300 days of sunshine each year, more than 55 natural and man-made attractions, and 156 state, county, and city parks, it is no wonder that more than 5.2 million tourists visit this region each year. Add in a lower than the national average unemployment rate and higher than the national average job market increase, and you find a region where residents can find the best of both worlds between substantial employment opportunities and recreation; creating a healthy and thriving work-life balance.

Serving as the county seat Colorado Springs is the second-most populous municipality in the state of Colorado. Highlighted as the #1 most desirable place to live, #1 fastest growing city for millennials and #4 business-friendly city in the United States by sources such as U.S. News & World Report, Brooking’s Institution and Thumbtack, Colorado Springs is experiencing rapid growth in the information technology, cybersecurity, aerospace and defense, sports and outdoor recreation, healthcare, and finance and business services industries.

Known as “Olympic City USA,” Colorado Springs is at the heart of the United States’ Olympic movement and the epicenter of an extensive sports industry. In 1978, the United States Olympic Committee, now the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, moved its headquarters from New York City to Colorado Springs. Along with the Committee, the largest of three official United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Centers and 24 national governing bodies of sport reside within the City of Colorado Springs.

Continuing in the Olympic spirit, in 2018, Colorado Springs debuted the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum, scheduled for a grand opening in the spring of 2020, all of which will be opened up on ACE for VIP access.

While in El Paso County, participants will hear from and interact with cross-sector leaders who are working on innovation and entrepreneurship collaborations within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The program of events will highlight the synergetic relationship between industry and military bases, lessons learned and innovative practices implemented after the destruction of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, and the public-private partnership that led to the creation of the National Cybersecurity Center. From the burgeoning sports medicine economy, economic impacts of the Olympic City USA branding efforts, and the merging of hospitality with outdoor recreation to create a one-of-a-kind experience economy, El Paso County offers multiple opportunities for international partnership through import/export capabilities, research collaborations, and the ability to provide economic incentives and networking resources for companies seeking to locate within this region.

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the 19th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth-busiest in the U.S. With close to 65 million passengers traveling through the airport in 2018, DEN is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $26 billion for the region annually. Delegates will meet with leaders from the executive team, learn about how the airport participates in local economic development efforts and understand the opportunity to leverage the vast amount of land to build out commercial districts. This visit will showcase investment opportunities, professional development by sharing best practices, and demonstrate how an airport can contribute to the vitality of an economy. DEN is looking to expand connections and business opportunities with the Western Hemisphere and beyond.

Key stops during ACE 13 are the United States Air Force Academy, National Cybersecurity Center, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum, Qualtek/Milestones for Growth, and the Broadmoor.

El Paso County features multiple outdoor recreation opportunities, promotion of physical well-being and active lifestyles, and a strong military presence. El Paso County is a prime example of how to build a community around nature, tourism, job creation, and innovation. With 300 days of sunshine each year, more than 55 natural and man-made attractions, and 156 state, county, and city parks, it is no wonder that more than 5.2 million tourists visit this region each year. Add in a lower than the national average unemployment rate and higher than the national average job market increase, and you find a region where residents can find the best of both worlds between substantial employment opportunities and recreation; creating a healthy and thriving work-life balance.

Serving as the county seat Colorado Springs is the second-most populous municipality in the state of Colorado. Highlighted as the #1 most desirable place to live, #1 fastest growing city for millennials and #4 business-friendly city in the United States by sources such as U.S. News & World Report, Brooking’s Institution and Thumbtack, Colorado Springs is experiencing rapid growth in the information technology, cybersecurity, aerospace and defense, sports and outdoor recreation, healthcare, and finance and business services industries.

Jefferson County

Jefferson County offers a diversified geographical setting, from urban to rural lifestyles to thriving mountain communities. Serving as an epicenter for aerospace, aviation, beverage production, bioscience, energy, and outdoor recreation Jefferson County is the gateway to the famous Colorado Rockies. The county is a premier business location and provides access to the labor market that boasts the third-highest concentration of high-tech workers in the United States. The county’s prominent role as a high-tech leader is greatly enhanced by the presence of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Colorado School of Mines. 

During ACE 13 participants will experience premiere education operations, advanced practices, and cutting edge technology at sites that include NREL, Colorado School of Mines, Lockheed Martin, Pilatus Aircraft, and Terumo BCT.

The nation’s premier federal laboratory dedicated to research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies and integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL leaders will share solutions to today’s energy challenges and opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.

Colorado School of Mines is a public university focused on science and engineering, dedicated to educating and inspiring students, advancing knowledge, and innovating to address the great challenges society faces today—particularly those related to earth, energy and the environment. Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have expanded to meet the needs of industry and society, producing distinctive graduates and revolutionary innovations, and becoming a world leader in advancing sustainable use of the Earth’s resources. Participants will explore opportunities for collaboration, joint research, and sharing of best practices as you engage with thought leaders who are conducting education and research in engineering and science to solve the world’s challenges related to the earth, energy, and the environment.

An American global aerospace, security, and advanced technologies company with worldwide interests. Join the innovators from the team to learn about technologies that are being deployed worldwide, as well as probing the topic of innovation around workforce development. Explore opportunities for partnership and best practices in the realm of talent development as Lockheed experts share information on their more than 70 work-based learning programs, which include apprenticeships designed to skill workers for long-standing careers in aerospace and defense.

Founded in 1939, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is the only Swiss company to develop, produce and sell aircraft to customers around the world. With over 2,000 employees at its headquarters, Pilatus is one of the largest employers in Central Switzerland. Pilatus provides training for about 130 apprentices in 13 different professions – job training for young people has always been a very high priority at Pilatus. ACE participants will enjoy breakfast and a tour of their wonderful facility in Jeffco. Colorado believes in the global economy and works to provide its businesses with the resources they need to connect and be successful in markets around the globe. Engage in conversations at Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. around opportunities for point-to-point partnerships within foreign trade zones, establish relationships that will encourage greater trade through resources provided by the Denver World Trade Center, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and The U.S. Export Assistance Center.

A global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cell therapy technologies, is the only company with the unique combination of apheresis collections, manual and automated whole blood processing and pathogen reduction technologies. They believe in the potential of blood and cells to do even more for patients than they do today. This belief inspires their innovation and strengthens their collaboration with customers. Colorado is home to a vibrant and growing cluster of research institutions, renowned scientists, and more than 1,700 bioscience-related companies that are developing breakthroughs in life-saving drugs and devices.

Objectives

The ACE general objectives are the following:

Some of the specific objectives of ACE 13 in Colorado are to: