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Groundbreaking research on the shrinking polar ice caps. Development of hydrogen fuel cells that could someday power the world's cars. Creation of a turbulence-detecting system to minimize worldwide flight delays. These are just some of the research projects taking place at federal laboratories and research institutes based in Metro Denver.
Colorado has 30 federal laboratories, one of the highest concentrations of federally funded science and research centers in the nation. Employing nearly 8,000 scientists and engineers and generating a more than $2.3 billion annual economic impact to the region, these federal labs have contributed greatly to the evolution of Metro Denver's high-tech industries. The labs also stimulate significant tech transfer opportunities among higher educational and area companies in critical areas such as climate research, space science, and renewable energy development.
A report released on September 5, 2013 from CO-LABS, a consortium organized to establish Colorado as a global leader in research, technology, and their commercialization, underscores the importance of sustained funding for research at the federal laboratories and the resulting impact on the economy. For more information and to download the report, visit http://co-labs.org.
Major federal labs and research centers