CEDC News Fall 2023

Tackling Supply Chains

The CEDC held stakeholder meetings in Rocky Ford and Grand Junction in August and September to start the work of connecting suppliers of recyclable materials to local transportation and manufacturing businesses. Based on the ideas generated at the meetings, the center will develop projects to work on in the coming months. Review meeting notes and recordings.

Recruiting End Markets

To establish in-state markets for materials primarily being exported or landfilled, CEDC staff are talking to manufacturers who are utilizing the entire plastics stream to create new products. One opportunity is with an out-of-state manufacturer that produces building materials from mixed plastics and is looking to locate to the Denver area. Another local recycler is looking to launch a manufacturing operation on the Front Range. Stay tuned for more details as these projects continue to take shape.

If you have an end-market project and are interested in working with the CEDC, fill out our End Market Solution Questionnaire.

Exploring Transportation Solutions

How materials are transported affects the efficiency of a circular economy, from better return on investment to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The CEDC is identifying opportunities to maximize shipping efficiency in Colorado through maximum use of truck capacity and dedicated transporation lanes.

In southern Colorado, Front Range Transload, offers options for recyclers to ship by rail small or partial loads along with warehouse space until a shipment can be made. On the eastern plains, BNSF Railway Co. has plans for a massive new intermodal facility in Weld County. The Ports to Plains Alliance advocates for a robust transportation infrastructure throughout North America’s energy and agricultural heartland.

Colorado Springs Coordinator

To foster innovation, the CEDC will establish regional satellite offices throughout Colorado. Convening can happen virtually, but the richest interactions are most often in person. We’re pleased to announce that Alicia Archibald has been hired to coordinate the Colorado Springs office (location to be determined). Satellite work spaces will facilitate workshops, strategic planning, community connection and more.