Collaboration Campus named Partnership of Year

Castle Rock also recognized for economic development

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Posted 11/2/18

A collaborative project that brought together education, business and the community to create a resource for education and workforce training was recently recognized by the Economic Development …

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Collaboration Campus named Partnership of Year

Castle Rock also recognized for economic development

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A collaborative project that brought together education, business and the community to create a resource for education and workforce training was recently recognized by the Economic Development Council of Colorado.

The Castle Rock Collaboration Campus, an effort with the Town of Castle Rock, Arapahoe Community College, Colorado State University and the Douglas County School District that resulted in a $3 million infrastructure reimbursement to build the campus in Castle Rock, earned the Economic Development Partnership of the Year from the Colorado council.

In addition, Castle Rock also won the Large Community of the Year for Economic Development Excellence. This is this fourth time in seven years that Castle Rock has earned the award, according to a news release from the Castle Rock Economic Development office.

Frank Gray, president and CEO of the Castle Rock Economic Development Council, received the Economic Development Achievement Award for his role in bringing new business and innovative ideas to Castle Rock. All three awards were presented Oct. 25 at the state council's annual conference in Estes Park.

“Our residents and our business community in Castle Rock are excited for this project as great economic development is about building strong infrastructure that includes digital, entrepreneurial, physical and educational infrastructure. Colorado communities create great job opportunities when they invest in their long-term infrastructure,” Gray said in the news release.

“The award for the Collaboration Campus just highlights how many partnerships had to come together to make this work. Specifically, it provides Castle Rock a more sustainable 'workforce pipeline' to both existing and potential companies. Educational infrastructure is an essential component in our strategic plan to attract and retain primary employers. We are honored to get the recognition as we work to make Castle Rock a world-class standalone community.”

The Collaboration Campus includes programs to create a smooth pathway from high school diploma to associate degree to bachelor's degree. Arapahoe Community College also plans to build a $40 million campus on a 14-acre site in the Meadows. The two-phase project includes two buildings of 54,000 square feet each, with an estimated phase one opening in fall 2019.

The $3 million infrastructure reimbursements from the Castle Rock Town Council will assist ACC with building permits and fees, and land site improvements. The campus plans to engage the business community to provide co-working and maker spaces as well as access to a 3D printing lab to create interaction between the community.

ACC will provide the collaborative educational infrastructure by leasing space to partners CSU and the Douglas County School District, offering a world-class education, close to home, and at an affordable price point. The Castle Rock Collaboration Campus will also provide local business with expertise, resources, and skilled workers through training, hands-on project work, internships, mentorship and clinical activities.

For information about the Castle Rock Collaboration Campus, contact Tina Griesheimer at tina.griesheimer@arapahoe.edu or 303-797-5901. For information about Colorado State University, contact Jim Beers at Jim.Beers@colostate.edu or 970-491-2332. For information about the Castle Rock EDC, go to www.castlerockedc.com.

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