July 23, 2015 – On Wednesday morning, members of the CSBR road trip team left Greeley and headed East over the flat plains to the town of Sterling, Colorado.
The first stop was Northeastern Junior College in Sterling. NJC is a part of the Colorado Community College System, supporting universities and colleges across the Front Range. The group learned about NJC’s agricultural and wind power curriculums and met with the mayor of Sterling, Dan Torres.
After leaving Sterling and traveling further East, members of CSBR arrived in Segwick, where they were greeted by Michael Sullivan from the Segwick County EDC.
In the sleepy little town of Segwick, the group learned about the newest economic driver in town — marijuana — and toured a marijuana facility.
The town of Segwick took a downturn after the local sugar-beet factory shut down, but with the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in Colorado, the town took a chance that is paying off. Now, nearly three-quarters of the visitors to Segwick are in town for marijuana.
Revere public school was the next stop in neighboring Ovid. The school has undergone a recent seventeen million dollar investment to best serve the entire K-12 student body in the area. While the façade of the building remained the same, the interior of the school is brand new and ready to take on the 120 students. A new media center, science lab, and sports equipment will give Revere Public Schools a competitive edge.
Some of the older students of Revere and neighboring Julesburg Junior/High School are excited to share the Julesburg Incubator; a space for new business to take hold in Julesburg. One student from the area, Brandon, hopes to use the new space to begin selling and working on motocross bikes and gear.
A surprising stop in the town of Julesburg was a machine shop. At Valley Repair we were amazed at the stainless steel artwork created for the United States Strategic Command, and other government installations. The shop is booked for the next two years, so if you’re in need of a wicked stainless steel structure it’s best to call soon!
The CSBR group had a brief break to check in to the hotel, but then went to the Julesburg Fairgrounds to meet with the entire community. Around 200 people showed up in support of the event which was staffed by students from the local 4-H community project team. These students put their heart and soul into showing the Colorado Space Business Roundtable a good time, and it definitely showed.
Everyone enjoyed the stop in the Northeastern corner of the state. Smaller communities tend to be very welcoming and supportive of aerospace in the state and are great hosts to the CSBR road trips.
On Thursday the group headed to Wray and Akron to continue the Northeastern Aerospace Development Road Trip.
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