Project 2. The FourFront Colorado Executive Team & Strategic Operational Plan
CAMA understands that to be successful, the execution of the projects described herein must be a bottom up initiative driven by regional industry and community leaders. Therefore, the first project of CAMA’s focus was the creation of a statewide leadership team and the development of a regional group providing input and representation.
For organizational purposes, the state was divided into four regions:
- Western Slope, from Grand Junction to Durango including mountain communities such as Vail, Telluride and Steamboat
- Southern Colorado, including Colorado Springs, Pueblo and other manufacturing centers such as La Junta
- Northern Colorado, which includes the communities from Fredrick to Fort Collins and east through Greeley
- Greater Denver Metro area
CAMA helped organize a Regional CAMA Organization (RCO) for every region that is responsible for building the bottom up strategy. Manufacturers who know and understand the aerospace and defense sectors, as well as the needs and opportunities for manufacturing, lead these RCO’s. The RCO’s are the boots on the ground that develop the programs and implement projects to successfully utilize this grant.
CAMA, with engagement from other advanced industries associations, created an Executive Team to provide oversight and guidance from various industries and regions of the state.
These industry-led teams and groups report to the CAMA Board of Directors which is the final group ultimately responsible for the successful implementation of the grant. This structure helps to create a collaborative group of existing organizations across the state that have the opportunity to align similar goals to build a structure and platform that will not only benefit the aerospace and defense sector, but all Colorado Advanced Industries across the state.
CAMA stresses this FourFront project as a public/private partnership. CAMA continues to look to OEDIT for guidance and strategic oversight. With such guidance, CAMA is managing and overseeing the day-to-day implementation of this project with critical support from all teaming partners.
CAMA has reviewed peer state organizational structures and created and ratified the FourFront Colorado organizational structure. CAMA, with engagement from other advanced industries, associations and an application process, identified its Executive Team members and hosted the inaugural Executive Team meeting in February 2015. Regional CAMA Organization members were also identified and participated in the initial meetings in February.
CAMA has hired a regional project coordinator to provide direction and cluster identification services in order to align regional priorities, programs and initiatives with FourFront projects in each of the four regions: Western Slope, Northern Colorado, Metro Denver and Southern Colorado. This coordinator will identify, inventory and map existing advanced manufacturing initiatives such as sector partnerships, economic development growth projects and academic/workforce priorities in each region (“Regional Cluster Programs”) that align or overlap with FourFront projects and will identify objectives, goals and milestones (“Regional Cluster Objectives”). Each of the Regional Cluster Programs will align such objectives with FourFront Colorado to ensure that each region’s existing manufacturing cluster working groups are identified, acknowledged and aligned with FourFront Colorado. A matrix will be created of existing Regional Cluster Programs and applicable Regional Cluster Objectives across the following four FourFront focus areas: Supply Chain, Defense Diversification, Workforce, and Manufacturing Advancement Center development (“Focus Areas”), with one matrix being completed for each of the four Colorado regions in order to create and identify regional “subject matter” experts or regional working groups (“Regional Working Groups”). Depending on the vast number of Regional Cluster Programs, or the lack of specific programs, CAMA may create a small working group of volunteers that will work with the Regional Project Coordinator and report to the RCOs. If created, such small groups of volunteers will assist the Regional Project Coordinator to assimilate multiple Regional Cluster Objectives, or help to define objectives.
This structure helps to create a collaborative group of existing organizations that have the opportunity to align similar goals. Instead of creating another group, CAMA will meet with each developing group during their existing meeting times at their meeting location. The specific structure of each region may be different based on maturity of programs and organizations and input/desire of the Regional CAMA Organization.
CAMA has created a Strategic Operational Plan which has been refined and ratified in order to develop specific go-forward milestones for the implementation of the nine FourFront projects.
- Creation of statewide, industry-led collaboration and implementation team