The National Western Center and its founding partners are bringing the campus to life! In 2014 these organizations committed to developing a vision for a future campus, and continue to shape the site into an exciting, year-round destination:
The National Western Center Authority
In 2018, the partners created the National Western Center Authority, a nonprofit organization responsible for operating, maintaining, programming and promoting the National Western Center. The Authority is the primary entity responsible for ensuring the National Western Center achieves its mission. It is also responsible for developing a community investment fund benefitting the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods, including through a “round up” donation option on on-campus retail purchases. The Authority’s work is well underway in preparation for buildings being completed and the larger campus opening to the public. The Authority is guided by a 13-member board of directors. The Authority is doing business as (DBA) the National Western Center.
City and County of Denver
The City and County of Denver is responsible for constructing several buildings and the necessary infrastructure for phases 1 and 2 of the project, to enable campus partners to build, program, innovate, and operate the campus. The city owns the majority of the land and facilities on the campus, made possible in 2015 when Denver residents voted in support of Ballot Measure 2C, a tourism tax that helps fund a portion of the redevelopment. The city leases the site to the National Western Center Authority to operate and maintain it for 100 years. The Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center, under Mayor Michael B. Hancock, is managing the majority of construction for phases 1 and 2, underway now.
The city is pursuing a public-private partnership to complete campus phases 3-8 of the project, also known as “the Triangle,” through Denver’s Office of Performance Based Infrastructure.
The mayor of Denver seats six members on the board of directors.
National Western Stock Show
The Western Stock Show Association (WSSA) will produce and book a variety of equestrian, livestock and agricultural events at the new center, including the iconic anchor event, the annual National Western Stock Show (NWSS). As one of three funding partners, NWSS is contributing $125 million total toward the redevelopment ($50 million in cash, and $75 million in land value). On the future National Western Center campus, WSSA will own and operate a new building — the Legacy Building — as its headquarters, featuring an expanded NW Club, Western art collection, NWSS archives and historic collections, and more. The Honoring the Legacy campaign is raising funds for the headquarters. NWSS currently operates and maintains the National Western Complex, a longstanding event complex that will be replaced with the new National Western Center. NWSS seats two members on the board of directors.
The Colorado State University System owns and is building what will become CSU Spur, on three parcels of land on the National Western Center campus. The state of Colorado has dedicated $200 million to the capital construction of the CSU Spur campus, which will be open to all, and be home to collaborative research and educational programs about water, food and health. The CSU System seats two members on the board of directors.
History Colorado is a founding partner of the National Western Center, and was instrumental in shaping its master plan. At the National Western Center, History Colorado will create experiences and exhibits that that share powerful stories, honor the site’s treasured memories, and enhance our vibrant communities.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a founding partner of the National Western Center, and was instrumental in shaping its master plan. At the National Western Center, the museum will create opportunities for citizens to become actively involved in science through compelling programs and experiences that inspire a passion for exploring and understanding our natural and cultural world.
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