Program Development

The National Western Center is pursuing programs in four categories (dubbed “initiatives”) that reflect our mission to convene the world in pursuit of global food solutions. Each has limitless possibilities for filling the campus and online platforms with year-round activity.

  • Growing Young Minds:
    To raise up the next generation of leaders and stewards in the food and ag economy.
  • Food and Ag Innovation Ecosystem:
    To create a vibrant and collaborative network of diverse food and ag industry leaders.
  • Experience to Impact:
    To use experiences at the National Western Center as gateways for people to learn about global food solutions.
  • Colorado Food Chain:
    To strengthen the ag value chain in Colorado and beyond by connecting its diverse stakeholders. (See our 2050 food vision, How the West was One.)

In 2019, the National Western Center put out a call for ideas for programs, events and partners. We received more than 250 ideas from Colorado and beyond, and used them to inform a series of open meetings designed to delve further into planning future programs and experiences. Those ideas and meetings resulted in the four initiatives; the examples above represent just a small portion of the programs we’re pursuing.

Learn more about plans for programming the campus and online platforms in the 2019 Strategic Implementation Plan, or sign up for our “Cultivate” newsletter to receive programming updates!


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A prominent urban campus in the heart of the West. A mix of modern and historic venues. Some of the biggest names in agriculture, education and entertainment. With all this and more, the National Western Center is destined to be the global destination for agricultural heritage and innovation. We invite you to join us and imagine how your organization could be part of the National Western Center from the beginning.

Contact the Programs and Partnerships Staff

Matt Barry
Chief Development Officer

Grace Hanover
Special Projects Manager

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