A New "Branch" of NASA in Colorado? (Updated)

NASA looking into Loveland, Coloradan.com

"Representatives from NASA were in Loveland on Wednesday, touring the old Hewlett-Packard/Agilent campus, where they are considering developing a technology park that could house 60 to 80 businesses and create 10,000 jobs, said Don Marostica, Loveland resident and the state's development director. ... Members of the association and representatives from Marostica's office came up with a plan to create a technology park that would house Colorado businesses and a branch of NASA and approached the space agency with the idea in the fall."

Keith's note: The following request for a correction was sent on behalf of the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology to the newspaper that was the source of this 24 December posting on NASA Watch. I am publishing it at the request of the CAMT.

"Request for correction: Articles published by the Coloradoan / Loveland Connection on Dec. 23 and 27 ("NASA looking into Loveland" and "Region could reach new heights with NASA project") contained several inaccuracies.

- There were no representatives of NASA touring the Agilent site on Dec. 22. Our understanding is Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Executive Director Don Marostica visited the site with City of Loveland officials on that day. Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology (CAMT) CEO Elaine Thorndike visited the site on Dec. 16. While someone from NASA was with her on that visit, that NASA official was not there to evaluate the site but rather had been accompanying her on other business. Therefore, the Dec. 23 article's statement that "representatives from NASA were in Loveland on Wednesday, touring the old Hewlett-Packard/Agilent campus" is incorrect.

- The articles' descriptions of the eventual site as a "NASA campus" to house "a branch of NASA" also are incorrect. CAMT will partner with private sector companies to develop an Aerospace and Clean Energy (ACE) Manufacturing Innovation Campus, which will eventually house up to 100 businesses interested in sharing services, equipment, NASA and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) technology and expertise. A NASA innovation official will be stationed at the campus to help companies apply NASA technology to commercial products but the campus will not be a NASA facility and will not serve as a branch of NASA.

CAMT is working with the Office of Economic Development and International Trade to determine where the park will be located. CAMT will consider the location of various Colorado-based partners (such as the research universities and federal labs like NREL) among other factors, such as the preferred location of the tenant companies, in determining where to locate the ACE Manufacturing Innovation Campus.

Because of the sensitive nature of these issues, we request that you correct these inaccuracies. Thank you."

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