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The National Western Center is a new take on a legendary Colorado space – a future place where heritage of the Old West meets progress of the New West, a space where school children can cultivate food systems while researchers discover food security solutions that will change the world.

Within the future 250-acre National Western Center Campus, people and experiences converge to create a year-round destination that is just as much for the cowboy as for the urbanite. At an intersection of agriculture, education, and entertainment, global thought leaders meet curious students and join local community in a convergence of diverse perspectives and common cultural identity.

Founding partners the City & County of Denver, Colorado State University, Western Stock Show Association, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and History Colorado have worked with surrounding community members, civic leaders, and nonprofits to envision a place that honors and fosters the cultural contributions of the historic Western activities on the site, and enhances the campus to a destination of inspiration and impact. The National Western Stock Show has been a global attraction on the site for more than a century, and the expanded facilities will prepare for the next 100 years of the signature Denver event, and bring diverse programming in water, health, environment, and energy to the site year round.

Join the journey to turn the National Western Center vision into a reality, and discover the West – a place where heritage meets horizon.

About the National Western Center

Vision Statement: Be the global destination for agricultural heritage and innovation.

Mission Statement: To convene the world at the National Western Center to lead, inspire, create, educate, and entertain in pursuit of global food solutions.

Guiding Principles:

  • Community & Neighborhood Integration
  • Engage the River & Nature
  • Celebrate Western Heritage
  • Inspire Health & Wellness
  • Build Cultural Crossroads
  • Be Pioneering: Break Trail & Foster Innovation
  • Create Fun and Entertaining Experiences
  • Grow Local, Regional, and Global Intelligence
  • Embrace an Ethic of Regeneration

The NWC partners and the CAC began its planning process in 2014. Through a public involvement process, a master plan was created and adopted by Denver City Council in March 2015. The master plan is a guide to the vision of this future site.

National Western Center Master Plan
NWC Master Plan Appendices  
Infrastructure Master Plan 

Founding Partners
The National Western Center is proud of its founding partners’ commitment to advancing the mission of the NWC. These organizations engaged through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2014. The partners have helped shape the future of the site into an exciting year-round destination.


If you are interested in learning about partnership opportunities, please contact our Strategic Partnerships Manager Barbara Frommell.

There are several studies that have helped guide the master plan process for the National Western Center. The project team expects that there will be more studies in the near future that will identify opportunities at the campus.

NextGEN Agribusiness Economic Development Study (11/10/16)
Executive Summary
One Page Summary  
Watch the NextGEN Agribusiness Forum! 

National Western Complex & Colorado Convention Center Feasibility Study
Full Study
Study Summary
Study Appendix

National Western Historic Preservation Final Report

ME Engineers: Assessing District Level Energy, Waste & Water at the NWC – Sep-2015

Puttman Infrastructure: NWC District Infrastructure Assessment -  Aug 2016

National Western Stock Show Business Plan Review Report - DURA  

The National Western Center is committed to engaging the business community in procurement opportunities as the project develops. The project is currently led by the City & County of Denver and therefore will follow all existing City processes and procedures for procurement.

For up-to-date procurement information, please visit below:

Interested in having someone from our team present at an upcoming event or meeting? Please download and fill out the NWC Speaker Request Form, then email it to Jeannette Cooper.

For general questions about the National Western Center, please contact us at:


Founded by the National Western Stock Show in 2013, the inaugrual National Western Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) was comprised of 27 members, with significant representation from residents and business owners who live or work within the Globeville, Elyria, Swansea and RiNo neighborhoods. Since its inception, the CAC has met monthly actively participating in the review of the master plan during its development and creation of new zoning for the NWC. 

The CAC will continue as an active community voice as the the NWC Master Plan moves into implementation. 

For Meeting Agendas, Meeting Minutes and other support documentation, visit 

For questions about the NWCAC, please contact Liz Adams at  



Upcoming Opportunity: Rail Consolidation Design RFQ 

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