Speaker: Loveland ACE project will be ‘national showcase’
FORT COLLINS — Loveland and its ACE technology manufacturing park will be the place where a resurrection of American manufacturing prowess begins, a top NASA administrator told a regional gathering Wednesday.
Diana Hoyt, the space agency’s manager of innovation and strategic partnerships, addressed about 500 business and civic leaders in Fort Collins at the annual meeting of the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp.
“We have to climb out of a mess in this country, and the way to do it starts right here in Colorado,” Hoyt said. “I think this (ACE) is a remarkable experiment. It’s a crucible for the nation.”
NASA is partnered with the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology, the organization that last spring picked the Agilent Technologies Inc. campus as the location for the Aerospace Clean Energy Manufacturing and Innovation Park.
Hoyt’s presentation lifted hopes that the project taking shape in Loveland will yield the 7,000 jobs that the two agencies said they projected, along with another 3,000 statewide.
Those jobs would be with manufacturing companies that would race to develop new technologies into commercial products ranging from compact battery storage systems to spacecraft components. Read more of the article at Speaker: Loveland ACE project will be ‘national showcase’ – Loveland Reporter-Herald.