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Colorado Leaders Unite On Solar Research Facility

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DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s congressional delegation has united in an effort to convince the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy to locate their solar headquarters in Boulder.

Colorado’s four Republican and three Democratic U.S. House members and two Democratic senators and Gov. John Hickenlooper sent the association a letter Thursday encouraging them to pick Colorado for their National Solar Observatory headquarters.

The University of Colorado and the University of Alabama-Huntsville were named finalists last week.

The headquarters will serve as the principle science and data analysis center for the research facility.

Last month, the delegation sent a similar bipartisan letter to General Electric, urging the company to consider locating their new manufacturing plant in Colorado. GE had just acquired the Arvada-based solar manufacturer PrimeStar Solar.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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