Industry clusters are geographic concentrations of interconnected companies and institutions in a particular field. Clusters also include the institutions and professional organizations that provide research assistance and support to the industry.
Innovation Economy in Fort Collins
What IS Fort Collins’ special sauce? We like to say that the community has big city ideas and small town relationships. Innovation occurs across industry sectors in Fort Collins. Craft brewers, bioscience, software, hardware, and clean energy companies contribute ideas, inventions, and products that positively affect the local economy.
The Bioscience Cluster is comprised of companies that research, produce & distribute medical devices, medical instruments, pharmaceuticals, and biofuels. With 45 companies in growth mode, close associations with research scientists at Colorado State University, and a diverse product base, this cluster plays an important role in economic development and health in Fort Collins.
The Colorado Clean Energy Cluster is a business-led, project-oriented group of regional partners seeking to have a global impact on energy efficiencies. Focusing on workforce development and economic opportunities, the cluster is at the forefront of the new Energy Economy.
Software and Hardware
Despite the ups and downs of the tech sector, Fort Collins remains an attractive location for new businesses. Companies that specialize in data mapping, computer programming, Internet service, software development and computer facilities management are grouped in the Software/Hardware cluster.
Uniquely Fort Collins
The future of water safety, water supply and water management is a global issue. Fort Collins area companies and industry partners around the state are ready to take on challenges and discover solutions that are best for the planet, for business and our societies. Colorado State University’s expertise in water research and technology innovation is world-renowned. Combined, these companies and organizations contribute to the economic vitality of our area and beyond.