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Government Labs


Boulder, CO is home to 7 National laboratories, and thousands of scientists.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), known between 1901 and 1988 as the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), is a measurement standards laboratory which is a non-regulatory agency of theUnited States Department of Commerce. In 1942, the citizens of Boulder raised enough money to purchase the 325 Broadway site, and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce deeded the land to the Federal government to build the Boulder NBS laboratories. The ground breaking ceremony was attended by then President Dwight Eisenhower. NIST’s Boulder laboratories are best known for NIST-F1, housing an atomic clock.

NIST’s next door neighbor, NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research is a nongovernmental institute in the United States that conducts collaborative research in atmospheric and Earth system science. The Mesa Laboratory headquarters was designed by famed architect I. M. Pei. NCAR is managed by the nonprofit and sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Studies include meteorology, climate science, atmospheric chemistry, solar-terrestrial interactions, environmental and societal impacts.