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Colorado alliance pursues unmanned aircraft system test range

Front Range Airport Authority, The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, and the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) have formed an alliance to pursue an unmanned aircraft systems test range for the state of Colorado. 


U.S. Transportation Sec. visits RTD's FasTracks West Line

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Denver on Feb. 7, 2012, to get a first-hand look at the Regional Transportation District's (RTD) FasTracks West Rail Line. Secretary LaHood visited with construction workers who are building the West Rail Line, commended RTD's Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) program and discussed how federal investments in transportation support jobs and economic growth.During a brief gathering at the Rude Recreation Center, which overlooks the future Decatur/Federal light rail station area along the West Rail Line, Secretary LaHood, Federal Transit Administration Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan and other dignitaries saw the visible signs of local and federal tax dollars at work."President Obama called on us to rebuild America by putting people back to work on transportation projects, and we are doing that throughout the Denver region," said Secretary LaHood. "All across America, there is work to be done on projects like the West Rail Line. Now is the time to connect people who need work with the work we need to do to improve our nation's transit centers, highways, railways, airports and ports.""Partnerships and collaboration remain vital ingredients to making FasTracks successful. These kinds of infrastructure investments are key to economy recovery in our state and nation. We very much appreciate the support from Secretary LaHood and others in Washington for this project," said Governor John Hickenlooper.The West Rail Line, which is 85 percent complete, is one of three federally funded rail lines in RTD's FasTracks program. Approximately $1.4 billion in federal funding awarded by the Federal Transit Administration is helping to build out RTD's FasTracks program."The federal government's continued investment in transit projects here in the Denver area is something we all can be proud of because it shows that even in challenging economic times, our federal partners have confidence that we'll put their money to good use to benefit the traveling public," said RTD Board Chair Lee Kemp.WIN is a collaborative workforce partnership led by RTD, in coordination with the Community College of Denver, Denver Transit Partners and the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver. WIN seeks to leverage existing training resources to identify, assess, train, and place community members, including military veterans, into careers in transportation and mixed-use development projects, thereby growing the local workforce and strengthening the economy.FasTracks will build 122 miles of commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit service, add 21,000 new parking spaces, redevelop Denver Union Station and redirect bus service to better connect the eight-county District. FasTracks is projected to create thousands of construction and related jobs during the height of construction and will pump billions of dollars into the regional economy over the next 20 years.For more information about FasTracks, visit


DIA passenger traffic increased slightly in November

Denver International Airport (DIA) saw a slight increase in passenger traffic for November 2011. A total of 4,088,543 passengers were recorded at DIA in November, a 1.6 percent increase from the 4,023,152 travelers who used the airport during the same month last year.The year-to-date passenger traffic for November 2011 is 48,552,636, an increase of 777,084 passengers, or 1.6 percent, over the same 11-month period in 2010."There is no question that Denver International Airport is on track for another record-breaking year," said Aviation Manager Kim Day. "The very busy Thanksgiving holiday coupled with capacity increases at both Frontier and Southwest certainly helped to offset the planned capacity cuts that United implemented in November. I'm looking forward to our final numbers for 2011, and I remain cautiously optimistic that we'll continue to see numbers trend upward in 2012."November brought a 5.3 percent decrease in flight operations from 50,841 in 2010, to 48,162 in 2011. Cargo saw a 5.9 percent decrease in November from 45,286,397 pounds of cargo handled in 2010, to 42,623,327 pounds of cargo handled in 2011.The complete November 2011 traffic report will be available at:


ULA completes milestones for Atlas V human spaceflight

United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on Feb. 2, 2012, the completion of two key milestones leading toward the certification of the Atlas V launch vehicle for human spaceflight.


OEDIT introduces legislative package to create jobs, build economy

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) this week introduced a legislative package designed in support of the Colorado Blueprint.  Colorado Blueprint is the state's strategic economic development plan created in October 2011 following the bottom-up initiative.


CO biz leaders unveil report for Metro Denver patent office

Colorado business leaders, joined by staff from Colorado Senator Michael Bennet's office, have traveled to Washington to hand-deliver a package of support from Coloradans urging the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to select Colorado as the location for a new satellite patent office. The report has been unveiled Jan. 31, 2012.   


Mayor Hancock launches JumpStart 2012 eco devo strategy

Mayor Michael B. Hancock launched on Jan. 30, 2012, JumpStart 2012, a new economic-develop strategy for Denver that will focus the City's efforts on creating world-class business opportunities for Denver's companies, residents and neighborhoods.


New data shows growth across multiple industries in region

Seventh annual report details the Metro Denver and Northern Colorado region's industry competitiveness compared to the 50 largest U.S. metro areas


CU-Boulder ranked No. 1 for Peace Corps volunteers for 2nd year straight

For the second straight year, the University of Colorado Boulder is ranked No. 1 in the nation for graduates serving as Peace Corps volunteers with 112 undergraduate alumni currently serving around the world, the Peace Corps announced on Jan. 25, 2012.


NASA's Ed Mango in CO to guide companies' space efforts

By Ann Schrader, The Denver PostWith the space shuttle fleet retired, it is up to private spacecraft to ferry astronauts to the international space station and other low-Earth-orbit destinations.It's Ed Mango's job at NASA to help companies — such as Sierra Nevada Space Systems of Louisville and United Launch Alliance of Centennial — make those spacecraft and the rockets to launch them.The goal, said Mango, who manages NASA's commercial crew program, "is to develop the best concepts" in collaboration with private companies with an eye on flying by 2017. The only way to the space station until then is to rely on the Russians at $63 million per seat, raising concerns about the loss of U.S. leadership in space.Mango is in Colorado this week to develop a plan with his team that will guide partnerships with private companies over the next year. On Thursday, he plans to visit Sierra Nevada to get an update on the reusable Dream Chaser space plane.To view the full article, click here.