(Dec. 15) – The Advanced Industry Accelerator Grant Program, a priority of the Colorado House Democrats in 2013 sponsored by Rep. Dave Young (D-Greeley), announced five new grantees Monday. The grants are designed to solidify Colorado’s position as a leader in the tech industry and help Colorado small businesses to compete, create jobs, and drive innovation. “These grants help Colorado small businesses and entrepreneurs access capital to compete in the marketplace,” said Rep. Young. “Colorado has a growing tech industry and programs like these will help make Colorado a leader in fostering innovation and creating the jobs of the future.” The five grants were awarded to: Catalyst Campus (Colorado Springs) – To build IT infrastructure at the Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation for a state-of-the-art Cyber and Space Operations Center (CSOC) research laboratory. Manufacturer’s Edge (locations statewide) – To build infrastructure that enables 3-D metals printing standardization and qualification for businesses of all sizes. Manufacturer’s Edge will facilitate a Colorado consortium between Ball Aerospace, Lockheed-Martin, Faustson and Colorado School of Mines. Telluride Foundation and Fort Lewis College (SW Colorado) – To implement a $1.5 million Southwest Innovation Corridor (SWIC) in the rural southwest corner of Colorado. SolarTAC (Aurora) – To provide five acres of shared space and new infrastructure for validation and demonstration of advanced renewable energy components in a real-world outdoor test environment. Manufacturer’s Edge/Small Business Development Center (locations statewide) – To support manufacturers at the development stage and develop a program to address small manufacturer’s unique business challenges. Colorado’s advanced industries include: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, bioscience, electronics, energy and natural resources (including cleantech), infrastructure, engineering, and technology and information.