Advanced Manufacturing

: Here is a one-page overview of our advanced manufacturing industry in the City and County of Denver.

Industry Associations

Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA)
CAMA is a manufacturing alliance for manufacturers led by manufacturers and stakeholders in support of this key industry network in Colorado.  CAMA will focus on innovation to develop and expand niche, high value-add capabilities while encouraging B2B relationships between Colorado companies, and growth of existing manufacturers.

Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology (CAMT)
CAMT is a statewide manufacturing assistance center dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers.  CAMT provides expertise in results-driven methodologies, best practices, and innovative technologies designed to increase profitability.  As a public/private partnership, they bring together government, not-for-profit and industry resources to offer the comprehensive programs and services that manufacturing employers and their workers need. 

Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI)
CACI is the Colorado affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).  CACI fosters the growth and success of Colorado manufacturing companies by attracting and engaging manufacturing companies and their leaders.

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
The National Association of Manufacturers  is the preeminent US manufacturers association as well as the nation’s largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs nearly 12 million workers, contributes more than $1.6 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, and is the largest driver of economic growth in the nation and accounts for the lion’s share of private sector research and development.

Rocky Mountain Tooling and Machining Association (RMTMA)
RMTMA is the Colorado chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), the national association of the custom precision manufacturing industry in the United States.  Member companies design and manufacture special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, gauges, special machines, and precision machined parts. Some firms specialize in experimental research and development work.

Denver Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council (DAMAC)
In response to its JumpStart Strategic Goals, OED is focusing on industry’s needs and challenges in advanced manufacturing.  The Council was formally launched in April 2013; through a collaborative effort, members are moving quickly on three core initiatives of an outreach campaign, curriculum development, and a Youth Academy.


Metropolitan State University of Denver
Long a leader in providing advanced-manufacturing graduates to local corporations, particularly to Colorado’s aerospace industry cluster (for instance, Jeppesen is a major recruiter of MSU graduates), MSU Denver is embarking on an innovative project to integrate the study of advanced-manufacturing disciplines such as aerospace science and aviation, industrial design and engineering into a single, new building. As an urban land grant university, MSU Denver has been preparing students to become part of Colorado’s urban workforce for nearly 50 years. With the innovative curriculum and synergy that the new building will foster, MSU Denver will be an exceptional resource for aerospace/aviation and advanced-manufacturing professionals.

Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC)
EGTC offers pre-manufacturing and pre-apprenticeship programs.  Emily Griffith Technical College is Colorado’s most unique public college, offers an extensive curriculum that includes more than 40 certificate programs and 500 courses.  EGTC offers some of the region's most diverse learning environments and has assisted more than 1.6 million students since its inception.

Community College of Denver (CCD)
CCD offers Machining Certificates and degree programs.  As a leading point of entry to higher education for Denver, CCD can count more than 200 business/education partnerships that are strengthening the workforce and stimulating the economy.

University of Colorado – Boulder
Design Center (DC) Colorado is an industry-education partnership within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. The DC is creating the best hands-on design engineers by leveraging year-long industry sponsored projects, innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching methods, and world-class fabrication facilities.

University of Denver
The oldest and largest private university in the Rocky Mountain region, DU offers innovative and rigorous undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.  For anyone who wants to enhance their skills and credentials, particularly in the area of design, but do so relatively quickly, DU offers the same, respected MS degree on a time and cost efficient basis. Rather than the traditional two-year timeframe, classes-only MS degree can now be obtained in less than one year. This 1-year MS Degree is perfect for the unemployed, under-employed or the new grad that wants to enhance their credentials.

Redstone College
Redstone is a private college that is career-focused and fast-track. Students can graduate and enter the workforce in 12-20 months.  Redstone College offers degree programs in Aviation and Electronics, Airframe and Powerplant (A & P), Advanced Electronics Technology (Avionics), Wind Energy Technology and Industrial Services such as Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning (HVAC).

Other resources

Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP)
This grant will accelerate the resurgence of manufacturing, and help communities cultivate an environment for business to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in cities across the country.

Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT)
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of approximately $474 million in grant funds to be awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program. The grant program provides eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, and are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers Program.

Global Cities Initiative (GCI)
GCI will provide leaders with opportunities to explore economic strengths of US and global metro areas that will forge an international network of leaders from global cities intent on trading and growing together. Going global will boost metro Denver’s economic future.  A five-year initiative and a joint project of Brookings and JP Morgan Chase, GCI convenes government, business, civic, and philanthropic leaders throughout the Denver metro region to explore new data and strategies to enhance global competition. is a web platform designed to match production ready designers with manufacturers equipped to produce their products. Elihuu provides a solution for designers in need of production for their projects, and manufacturers in need of projects to produce. Through the use of a very simple and intuitive website, is able to link manufacturers and designers almost seamlessly.

CompanyWeek is the voice of Rocky Mountain makers and manufacturers --a diverse, progressive sector of manufacturers, coders, growers, brewers, distillers, lifestyle and fashion firms and other ambitious, growth-oriented companies.  These Colorado companies are making things and driving economic growth.  Reporting on the products and people of this expanding business sector, CompanyWeek also provides information and tools to facilitate meaningful B2B connections.

JumpStart  Biz Plan Awards
An annual awards competition run by the Denver Office Of Economic Development (OED) for start-up and established Denver businesses with up to 25 employees that have been operating up to five years. Awards are open to Denver businesses, Denver residents and/or individuals with plans to have a Denver-based business. The top prize includes $50,000 cash and a wealth of consulting and coaching resources.

Economy, Energy, and Environment (E3)
This is a national growth strategy for American manufacturers and their communities.  E3 is a scalable and replicable model where combined federal and local technical assistance programs enable manufacturers to save money and be more competitive. E3 technical assistance providers work directly with American manufacturers to help them “tune-up” their factories and implement cost-cutting measures--such as eliminating wasted time, motion, water, materials, and energy--so that companies are more productive and competitive.


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