The U.S. Department of State and the Office of the Chief of Protocol are proud to announce the 26th Experience America trip to Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado with members of the foreign Diplomatic Corps, October 27-29, 2019. More than 25 foreign ambassadors – representing countries across five continents – will join Chief of Protocol of the United States Cam Henderson to engage local business and community leaders and spotlight America’s communities. Led by the Department of State, Experience America connects foreign ambassadors with academic, business, community, and cultural leaders with the goal of building relationships to promote economic investment, commerce, and dialogue.
Experience America takes diplomats out of Washington to show them our remarkable country and everything it has to offer. Foreign Chiefs of Mission stationed in Washington, D.C. learn firsthand about American culture, history, and industry while encouraging business and trade. More than 100 countries have participated in Experience America trips since its inception in 2008. Colorado is more than just the sum of its iconic natural beauty. With the country’s second-largest aerospace economy, the second most-highly educated workforce in the United States, and the nation’s fifth-busiest airport, Colorado has attracted significant international trade, technology and innovation. Denver and Colorado Springs are just miles from the geographic center of the country, positioning businesses to conduct operations anywhere from Tokyo to Frankfurt. The competitive geographic advantage has ignited the region’s economic growth, attracting an increasing number of global headquarters and fueling international exports.
Chiefs of Mission will witness how a strong knowledge-based workforce, a central location with easy global access, and a high quality of life drive nine major industries across the region – aerospace, aviation, beverage production, bioscience, telecommunications, energy, financial services, healthcare and information technology. The entrepreneurial spirit and American innovation extend throughout Colorado; in 2015, the state ranked ninth in the number of patents issued per one million people, and recently, more than 20,000 entrepreneurs participated in startup competitions. Colorado has one of the highest concentrations of federally funded science and research centers in the country – in 2016, the 33 laboratories were estimated to have contributed $2.6 billion to the state’s economy.
With a national reputation as “Olympic City USA”, Colorado Springs highlights the unique impact of sports in American culture. The city hosts a growing number of high-level competitions with both national and international audiences. Athletes and fans from around the globe visit world-class facilities for advances in sport medicine, training, technology and performance. In addition to its strong sports economy – more than $420 million in economic activity annually – Colorado Springs is also one of the nation’s premier cybersecurity and defense hubs and home to five military installations, including the newly-created U.S. Space Command. In addition, Colorado Springs was ranked the #1 Most Desirable City to live in by U.S. News and World Report this year.
Over three days, diplomats will hear how research, technology and entrepreneurship has transformed the region and powers innovation that change and improve individuals, countries and societies. Experience America will build relationships between the visiting ambassadors Colorado’s civic and business communities, and in the process, open doors for local organizations eager to develop global partnerships and investment possibilities.
The following events are open to the press:
Sunday, October 27, 5:30 p.m. – Welcome Reception – Foreign ambassadors will meet and interact with the state’s top business and cultural leaders. The event will feature remarks by local and state representatives, including Chief of Protocol of the United States Cam Henderson and Lieutenant Governor of Colorado Dianne Primavera.
Monday, October 28, 9:30 a.m. – Tour of U.S. Air Force Academy – The United States Air Force Academy is a military academy for officer cadets of the United States Air Force with a goal of ensuring it remains the world’s preeminent air and space fighting force through strong, innovative and courageous cadets. As of 2019, the Academy commissioned 51,691 Second Lieutenants since their inception in 1959. Over 757 USAFA graduates have attained the rank of General Officer, and the Academy counts 40 Rhodes Scholars and 41 astronauts among alumni. Ambassadors will visit the Academy’s rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs preparing the next generation of cadets to invent and adapt for technological and tactical superiority, the Powered Flight & Free Fall Parachuting at Cadet Field, and classrooms where students design and build small satellites utilized in accomplishing real-world missions – the only undergraduate institution in the United States to do so.
Monday, October 28, 11:45 a.m. – Briefing and Tour of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center – Ambassadors will have the unique opportunity to visit the US Olympic & Paralympic Training Center (USOPTC), the USOPC’s flagship training center for a private, behind-the-scenes tour while meeting key US Olympic & Paralympic Committee leadership and resident athletes training for the next Olympic & Paralympic Games. In addition to the tour Ambassadors will have lunch in the USOPTC Athlete Dining Hall where they will have the opportunity to share ideas and best practices and sport’s positive impact on global relations.
Monday, October 28, 4:15 p.m. – Visit to Empower Field at Mile High Stadium, Home of the Denver Broncos – Empower Field at Mile High is one of Colorado’s premiere landmarks and home to the Denver Broncos—one of the National Football League’s most successful and recognizable franchises. In addition to a world class football stadium, Empower Field plays host to international sporting events, world-renowned concerts and much more.
Tuesday, October 29, 9:30 a.m. – Briefing and Tour of Mission Control at United Launch Alliance (ULA) – With more than a century of combined heritage, ULA is the world’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered 135 missions to orbit that provide Earth observation capabilities, enable global communications, unlock the mysteries of our solar system and support life-saving technology. Ambassadors will hear from ULA’s rocket scientists how they are building on a rich heritage to unleash the energy of American ingenuity to develop ULA’s next-generation Vulcan Centaur rocket, purpose-built to meet the need for expanding space missions. From inside mission control, ambassadors will also learn what it takes to safely and successfully launch astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil aboard ULA’s Atlas V rocket.
Tuesday, October 29, 11:15 a.m. – Briefing and Tour of Maxar Technologies – Maxar is a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure. The company delivers disruptive value to government and commercial customers to help them monitor, understand and navigate our changing planet; deliver global broadband communications; and explore and advance the use space. At the company’s Westminster, Colo., headquarters, ambassadors will learn how the company’s satellite imaging and analytic capabilities are being leveraged by national governments, Fortune 500 companies, and leading global development organizations. They will also see a demonstration of the company’s unique space robotics capabilities, which have played a key role on the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and five Mars rovers and landers.
The visit to Colorado will also include closed-press activities, such as a briefing at the United Airlines Flight Training Center, Molson Coors Brewery, intimate small dinners hosted by civic and business leaders of Denver and cultural tours of the region’s top cultural attractions.
For more information and to RSVP for one or multiple events, please contact Tim Gowa at GowaTM@state.gov by October 26 at 11 a.m.