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Smithsonian Showcases Fort Collins’ Innovation

June 16, 2015 – From the Coloradoan

By Adrian D. Garcia


Smithsonian Exhibit


When Smithsonian Institute curators listed the country’s most innovative places, Fort Collins rose to the top alongside Hollywood and Silicon Valley in California.

Fort Collins will be featured this summer in “Places of Invention,” an exhibition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The exhibit will showcase how campus and community combine their energies in Fort Collins to create innovative clean-energy solutions.


SuperTurbo at Smithsonian Exhibit


A prototype VanDyne SuperTurbo, 2009. This iteration uses traction drive technology developed by NASA and was built to demonstrate the SuperTurbo to a prospective client. Courtesy of the National Museum of American History


The other five places in the exhibit — Hartford, Connecticut; Hollywood; Medical Alley, Minnesota; the Bronx, New York; and Silicon Valley, California — are featured for their 20th century influential, industrial and technological advancements.

“When we started looking at contemporary places, we had a lot to choose from,” said Joyce Bedi, historian at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

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