Innovation doesn't have to be limited to constructs of science, technology and business – that's something folks in Fort Collins have figured out.
"I think you have people in Fort Collins who appreciate creativity in all forms," said Joyce Bedi, Senior Historian for the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. "And I think it comes out in super-turbos and improved batteries – and some of it comes out in pianos on the street and sculpture on every corner."
A large focus of that creative innovation has been spurred by Fort Collins' focus on music – the city is often touted as the land of "beer, bikes and bands." And if there's music involved, SpokesBUZZ is often not far behind.
Colorado has developed quite the national reputation as a flourishing innovation center. Boulder and Fort Collins were both ranked in the top 10 in a recent list of America's Most Innovative Tech Hubs, above better-known tech centers like Austin and Boston.
Colorado is also catching up to Austin in another area, with a growing reputation as a local music center.
More than 120 bands representing the state will be at the Colorado Music Party in Austin next month, with five days and nights of live performances on Sixth Street starting March 17. Founded by Fort Collins-based music organization SpokesBUZZ, the unofficial SXSW showcase allows local musicians to market themselves at the famed music fest.