CSBR Northeastern Road Trip: Day 2

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Image Credit: Alex Sweetman

By Alex Sweetman

July 22, 2015 – In preparation for the longest day on the trip (Wednesday), the Colorado Space Business Roundtable group scheduled a relatively light second day to the adventure across Northeastern Colorado. The group was scheduled to hit the road at 10 o’clock in the morning, giving everyone plenty of time to catch a healthy breakfast and catch up on some work. Past road trips had a tendency to start early and run late, so the short reprieve was well received.

The first stop on Tuesday was at the Innosphere in Ft. Collins, a place for new business leaders to gain their legs and build businesses that will be successful in the Ft. Collins area. The Innosphere features labs and other workspaces for technical and medical businesses, which helps cut down on the stress of starting a business in those sectors from scratch.

Debra Wilcox, a CSBR board member and tenant of the Innosphere, opened the event. She runs the 3D Printing Store in Ft. Collins. A variety of other tenants, mainly in additive manufacturing and the medical industry also spoke.

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Image Credit: Alex Sweetman

After spending time at Ft. Collins Innosphere, the CSBR group was back on the road, heading to Greeley, Colorado, to meet with community members at the Greeley-Weld County Airport. Greeley Airport is the home of the longest runways for general aviation use in the state of Colorado, surpassing even Centennial Airport.

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Image Credit: Alex Sweetman

The airport is beautiful and cozy, allowing all the participants of the day to meet in the Barnstormers Cafe inside the air terminal. Decorated with dozens of model aircraft, it’s easy to tell just how much love there is for aviation in the community.

Image Credit: Alex Sweetman

Image Credit: Alex Sweetman

Greeley was the last stop of the day, but on Wednesday the group was heading on the long road to Sterling and Julesburg in the far Northeastern corner of the state!

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Image Credit: Alex Sweetman

Editor’s Note: Alex Sweetman is an Aerospace Operations Student in the Aviation and Aerospace Sciences Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He devotes his spare time to working with each of the clubs in the aerospace department to help them grow and succeed, as well as working in the department’s front office. Outside of his studies, Alex enjoys learning from everyone he meets and advocating for STEM education and the aerospace industry. Follow Alex on Twitter: @Sweetmankind