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National Western Center Team at Infrastructure Week in Washington, D.C.

National Western Center (NWC) Executive Director Kelly Leid and Director of Strategic Partnerships Barb Frommell, joined Mayor Hancock for Infrastructure Week, May 15-18, which was being held in the nation's capital. 

As the National Western Center program continues to evolve, especially as it relates to global food production and security, the National Western planning team wants to make sure that Colorado’s delegation in D.C. are aware of the unique opportunities the future campus will bring in helping to solve some of the world’s biggest food challenges. The team met with staff from Senator Bennet’s and Senator Gardner’s offices and touched base with the two senators about the progress the NWC program is making.

A recent General Accounting Office (GAO) report highlighted the growing need for a more coordinated food security effort across FDA, USDA and Homeland Security. NWCO Executive Director Kelly Leid noted, “We believe there is a key role for the Federal government to play on the campus. We’ll continue to engage our elected officials and Federal agencies on emerging opportunities to help fulfill the campus vision and mission.”

During the same week, Barb Frommell also attended the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Summit, where she presented to a national audience about the NWC’s ambitious net zero energy goals and how the NWC program team is working with partners like Xcel Energy and the National Renewable Energy Lab to achieve those goals.