Earlier this month Fort Collins was called out in two national publications for innovation trailblazing. Colorado State University and cutting-edge startups in Fort Collins define our economic climate and challenge the community to think outside the box in many industries.
U.S. News and World Report just released their Top 10 Cities Adopting Smart Grid Technology. Fort Collins joins other cities such as Austin, Texas, Tempe, Arizona and Sacramento, California as communities looking to the future and investing in modern technology to address increased energy demands. The article features communities where the "smart grid of tomorrow is a reality today." The Fort Collins listing highlights FortZED and the $11 million in federal, state, and local funding dedicated to jump-starting the initiative.
Wired magazine's June issue lists Fort Collins as one of "The Emerging Epicenters" for innovation and high-tech job growth in green technology, singling out Fort Collins-based companies VanDyne SuperTurbo, Woodward Inc. and the Colorado State University Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory.
VanDyne SuperTurbo Inc. specializes in the design, development and production of the SuperTurbo for the global automotive market and heavy-duty engine manufacturers. A SuperTurbo offers a cost-effective solution to address the challenges with fuel efficiency and emission reduction for all combustion engines.
VanDyne is a "spin-in" at the university's Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory, which means it is an existing company that is using space and resources at the laboratory for research-and-development operations.
The success of companies like VanDyne, Woodward, and CSU's Engines and Energy Conversion Lab are proof that the city of Fort Collins is becoming a hub for new green technology. As a City we're focused on creating an environment where these types of businesses can succeed and expand. Congratulations to all for this recognition!