New National Western Complex To Become ‘Silicone Valley Of Agriculture’

CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – The massive renovation plan for the National Western Complex just got an infusion of cash, and the money will make it a state-of-the-art hub for agricultural research, business and education, according to supporters.

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The plan is to remake the site into a year-round venue that will attract not only a million new visitors, but a hundred new events — from trade shows and amateur sporting events to festivals and concerts. On Wednesday Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law that could help make it a reality.

“It’s a law,” Hickenlooper said while slamming his hand down on the table after signing the bill.

With that the state contributed $250 million towards transforming the National Western Complex into what one lawmaker calls the Silicone Valley of Agriculture.

“We’ve been running away from our agricultural roots as a city for a long time,” Kelly Leid with…

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