COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – C-TRAC, the Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization, has been nominated as a finalist in the Technology category of the Collaboration in Industry Awards, a gala luncheon to be held Thursday, December 7th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Cable Center in Denver.

This nomination indicates that C-TRAC has been recognized as a Colorado Technology Leader by the Colorado Business Roundtable. The Roundtable “believes in the power of collaboration and the positive effect it has within our business community” and is eager to recognize “Colorado’s leaders in collaboration, partnership, and those that go the extra mile to make Colorado’s business ecosystem stronger.”

When asked what it would mean to win this award, Don Kidd, Executive Director of C-TRAC, said, “It would simply validate the great work by a lot of folks to realize the vision of the Catalyst Campus – that is, better collaboration between industry and government, and doing business with the government a little bit differently so that they are getting their needs fulfilled better.”

Erin Miller, Managing Director of C-TRAC, explained that “C-TRAC’s mission statement is to break barriers to innovation, research and commercialization by partnering with entrepreneurs, industry, Academia and government, so collaboration is our watchword here. We’re proud to be recognized for it.”

The Collaboration in Industry Awards Luncheon features two special guests: Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup, and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will both be speaking at the event.

Jim Clifton has served as CEO of Gallup, a global leader in consulting and public opinion research and analytics, since 1988. Under his leadership, Gallup has expanded from a predominantly U.S.-based company to a worldwide organization with 30 offices in 20 countries and regions.

Colorado Governor Hickenlooper needs no introduction; as both the governor of the state and the founder of a small brewery he will have much to add to the conversation about the business ecosystem and the advantages of collaboration.

There will be a private reception for C-TRAC and the other finalists from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM with Jim Clifton, the keynote speaker for the event.

To join Colorado Business Roundtable at the Thursday, December 7th Awards Luncheon at the Cable Center in Denver to recognize these leaders in Colorado and hear from their keynote speaker, Jim Clifton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gallup and Governor John Hickenlooper as they discuss their views on business collaboration, contact Lisa Gregg at lgregg@cobrt.com, 303-394-6248 or 605-941-4252.

The Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization (www.c-trac.org) is a Colorado 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, founded for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes. C-TRAC’s wide-ranging efforts include assisting with the commercialization of government-owned intellectual property, as well as creating opportunities for collaboration between industry, academia and government researchers that contribute to Southern Colorado’s growth as a hub for the aerospace, defense and cybersecurity industries.