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NASA Partners With Colorado In Technology Acceleration Initiative

Dec. 13, 2010

David E. Steitz 
Headquarters, Washington      

Elaine Thorndike 
Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology, Denver 

RELEASE: 10-328


DENVER -- NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Colorado Governor 
Bill Ritter Jr., participated Monday in a Space Act Agreement signing 
ceremony at the Colorado State Capitol Building in Denver to promote 
the commercialization of technology developed for the space program. 

NASA's agreement with the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and 
Technology (CAMT) created a Technology Acceleration Program and 
Regional Innovation Cluster for Aerospace and Clean Energy. A 
manufacturing park focused on rapid new product development and 
production will be developed to assist growing Colorado businesses. 

"This park will use Colorado's existing competitive strengths to boost 
economic growth while creating new jobs and products for aerospace 
and energy industries," Garver said. "NASA is pleased to collaborate 
on new technology developments like the one being created through the 
Colorado Technology Acceleration Program and Regional Innovation 

Under the agreement, small and mid-sized businesses will have direct 
access to a NASA "innovation ambassador," an agency expert who can 
identify NASA and partner technologies ready for commercialization. 
The ambassador will conduct forums to drive partnerships among NASA 
and Colorado businesses and help identify businesses that can benefit 
from commercialization technical assistance. 

"The new agreement with NASA is a perfect fit for Colorado because it 
will enhance our leading aerospace industry and growing high-tech 
business and research sectors," Ritter said. "Most importantly, this 
will bring high-tech jobs to our state. Colorado is a hub for 
innovation and continues to attract the best and the brightest 
workers. Congratulations to CAMT and NASA for making this historic 

The Technology Acceleration Program will allow companies to work with 
NASA and expedite product development from an average of five years 
to as little as 18 months. New products will get to market more 
quickly, and new high tech jobs will be created. 

"Aerospace and energy are the fastest growing industries in Colorado, 
sharing the same supply base and similar workforce needs," said 
Elaine Thorndike, chief executive officer of CAMT. "Through regional 
innovation clusters, public and private sectors can work together to 
increase business opportunities, technical assistance programs and 
market penetration for aerospace and clean energy manufacturing 

The NASA-CAMT partnership will provide technical assistance and 
identify gaps in commercialization and scouting services to help 
companies looking for space-developed technologies and services. It 
will help companies bridge the gap between prototype design, 
manufacturing and commercialization, while identifying commercial 
applications for NASA technologies. 

Innovation is necessary to expand the U.S. economy and ensure 
competitiveness in a global economy. Many new, innovative 
technologies are developed by small and mid-sized businesses that do 
not have a robust, in-house product development capability and lack 
commercialization resources. 

Through the agreement, NASA joins the state of Colorado, the U.S. 
Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and CAMT 
in a pathfinder collaboration to promote innovation and global 
competitiveness in the new energy economy. 

CAMT is a statewide manufacturing assistance center dedicated to 
increasing the competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers. The 
association is the state affiliate of the national Manufacturing 
Extension Partnership, a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

For more information about CAMT, visit: 


For more information about NASA's Partnerships, Innovation and 
Commercial Space, visit: 


For more information about Colorado, visit: 



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