The meeting opened with updates on the Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology and was followed by a question and answer session on plans for the center. The city billed the event as launching the Loveland Technology Acceleration Program, supported by the city, consulting company DA2 and Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp.
The meeting follows an announcement by the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology that it was pulling its Aerospace and Clean Energy Project from Loveland. The association will look for a new home for ACE in the Denver-Boulder area.
But efforts to develop the 177-acre Loveland property owned by Cumberland & Western Resources continued at Friday’s meeting.
“What the city’s trying to do is get things started and then get out of the way,´ said Betsey Hale, the city of Loveland’s economic development director.
About 10 companies already have gone through the first phase of the city’s process to participate in the initiative, Hale said. Some companies are discussing collaboration with NASA to use the government agency’s technologies.
NASA, though it agreed to work with CAMT, has said it would continue to work on the Loveland project.