The National Western Center - Where Heritage Meets Horizon

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
  • Brown Palace 321 17th St.

Registration is closed

Join City Club on April 17 with Gretchen Hollrah from The National Western Center

The National Western Center represents a transformation of the National Western Complex into a year-round destination and agri-business hub. The existing 100-acre site will expand to approximately 250-acres of indoor and outdoor year-round venues that will host a variety of Western Stock Show Association events and other festivals and concerts. What's more, the new campus will be home to agri-business innovation companies and host Colorado State University as they further their education and research around rural agriculture, animal health, and water solutions.

Their mission to "convene the world at the National Western Center to lead, inspire, create, education and entertain in pursuit of global food solutions" is full speed ahead! Executive Director, Gretchen Hollrah will join us with an update on their progress.


Gretchen Hollrah is the Executive Director for the Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center (NWCO) for the City and County of Denver, serving as an appointee of Mayor Michael B. Hancock. In this role, Gretchen oversees the campus strategic planning, operations and construction for the redevelopment of the National Western Center in coordination with partners and their construction plans. When complete, the National Western Center will be a dynamic 250-acre global destination for entertainment, cultural, educational and agricultural business innovation campus.

With 20 years of experience, Ms. Hollrah began her career as a city planner for the City of New York and continued in the private sector at Wilbur Smith Associates in San Francisco, CA, before her career at the City and County of Denver. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan.

Gretchen’s city roots run deep with over 15 years serving the City and County of Denver. She has successfully led business initiatives from finance and development to Excise and Licensing. Her roles include serving as the City’s Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Projects Officer, reviewing development proposals and recommending public financing opportunities to maximize efficient use of City resources. Her project work has included the continued redevelopment of the Stapleton and Lowry neighborhoods as well as other major infill and infrastructure reinvestment projects. Additionally, Gretchen managed Denver’s Capital Improvement Program, overseeing appropriations for the City’s streets, bridges, parks, buildings and arts facilities. In this role, she developed a new performance and accountability system for the allocation of capital funding citywide, building on her prior experience at the Denver’s Department of Public Works.

Combining her experience in infrastructure and public finance with her understanding of city government, Gretchen is dedicated to facilitating the sound growth and development of Denver, helping Mayor Hancock deliver his vision of “a world-class city where everyone matters.”


Baby Greens Salad

Flat Iron Steak with Horseradish Whipped Potatoes, Green Beans, and Zinfandel Glace


Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Goat Cheese Cream, Wilted Spinach, and Baby Mushrooms

Brown Palace Macaroons and Assorted Petit Desserts

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