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We rely on advanced technology for almost everything we do today. Satellite communications, GPS applications, and the electric power grid provide the backbone to our Nation’s economic vitality and national security. This technology however, is vulnerable to a threat from space — our Sun. Eruptions from the Sun can have a profound impact on society. In Boulder, Colorado NOAA space weather forecasters maintain a constant vigil on the Sun, alerting a diverse customer base when storms are imminent. Operators from many sectors will take mitigating actions to protect the critical infrastructure that we have come to depend on.


Did you know some of the most crucial public health research in the world is happening in Ft. Collins, Colorado? 

The Division of Vector Borne Diseases (DVBD) is a national and international leader in researching, preventing, and controlling viruses and bacteria spread vectors like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Our staff includes entomologists, epidemiologists, molecular biologists, laboratorians, microbiologists, physicians, veterinarians, virologists, and zoologists. DVBD's key activities include: Developing cutting edge laboratory tests for rapid identification and diagnosis of new and known vector borne diseases. Developing guidelines and educating clinicians. Working with health departments to monitor vector­borne diseases through surveillance systems. ArboNET, a national surveillance system, tracks vectorborne viruses in people, animals, mosquitoes, and blood donors. TickNET leads collaborative research on tickborne diseases. Researching vaccines Partnering with state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments, industry, and international partners, such as the World Health Organization, to quickly detect and respond to outbreaks

As you know, Colorado is fortunate to be home to more than 30 federally-funded research laboratories and joint institutes, with world-class discoveries constantly being revealed in the realms of climate science, public health, agricultural production, geologic science, renewable energy, quantum physics and much more.

We sincerely appreciate the involvement and continued support that so many of you have provided over the years to CO-LABS through membership, sponsorship and various means of volunteerism. From our bi-annual Economic Impact Study (latest update to be released soon) to our tours of the labs, social gatherings, communications and the Annual Governor's Award for High-Impact Research - our mission is to ensure that the ecosystem of research labs, universities, entrepreneurs, public agencies and private sector innovators is nurtured and supported - ultimately we work to ensure the federal labs stay funded and stay here, to the benefit of all Coloradans and our country.

Dan Powers
November 11th, 2016

The Colorado Space Roundup is the premier all-Colorado space industry update and networking event. Presented by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) and the Colorado Space Coalition (CSC), the Roundup is in its 13th year. It is your chance to catch up on the latest Colorado space news and connect with leaders from business, government and education. REGISTER HERE

This year’s theme, The Future is in Focus, reflects the growing progress of our space exploration program.  We have all read the science fiction books and heard and seen many predictions about the future. While some of those ideas were far out, some are now within reach. No flying cars, but we have the dawn of self-driving cars. We haven’t made it to another star, but we are going to Mars! There are GPS receivers in our pockets and we can talk face-to-face with people around the world on our phones. Technological innovation has brought us this far and Colorado is right in the heart of it all. We are starting to put our past’s future into focus. Challenges abound on our journey, but focus and innovation will see us through.


October 24, 2016 - Anna Ewing, Executive Director of Colorado Innovation Network, and COO of OEDIT hosts the Colorado Business Roundtable's Connect & COllaborate radio program with interviews of Dan Powers, Executive Director of CO-LABS and others to discuss the impact of Colorado's federally-funded lab community and CO-LABS' mission related to the labs and our overall R&D environment, as well as its role in our innovation community.