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Colorado Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)
Colorado's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

Sustainability: The “Invisible Hand” Shapes Next-Generation Location Selection

Don Schjeldahl, Founder, Don Schjeldahl Group (Q1 2014)
Companies that view their location strategies through a “sustainability filter” are more likely to achieve competitive advantage and long-term stakeholder value. More

Optimizing Economic Growth in Shale Zone Communities

Bruce Rutherford, International Director, Global Energy Practice Leader, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q1 2014)
The ability to access oil and natural gas reserves found in the nation’s shale regions has presented new opportunities for economic growth along with a host of infrastructure and real estate challenges. More

Regional Report: Mountain States’ Economies Striving to Reach New Heights

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2014)
The Mountain States are posting positive news on the jobs and business location and expansion front. More

Criteria for Selecting a High-Tech Cluster

Amber Schiada, Research Manager, Markets, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Companies locating in “tech-friendly” communities can find the foundation for their success, while also helping the local economy to grow — a win-win situation all around. More

Hot Markets for High-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

Greg Matter, Vice President, Tenant Representation, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q3 / Summer 2013)
Access to skilled labor, customers, and suppliers is paramount to high-tech firms’ location decisions, often trumping cost considerations when making technology manufacturing location decisions. More

Work Force Development Programs Can Make or Break a Site Selection Deal

Mark Crawford (Q3 / Summer 2013)
With scant time and resources for recruiting and training workers, companies are looking at states that will help them to quickly satisfy their labor force needs. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Mountain Region MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (July 2013)
A mixture of modern and emerging sectors — including aerospace, biotech, information technology, and financial services — has driven the economies of the Mountain States’ (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming). More
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COLORADO at a glance

POPULATION: 5,118,526 (2011)

LABOR FORCE: 2,723,027 (2011)


TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES:Healthcare and social services, accommodation and food services, educational services, professional and technical services

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: Mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction; educational services; finance and insurance; healthcare and social services

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 43.9% (2011)

Corporate Income Tax: Corporate Income Tax: 4.63 percent flat rate (single factor sales)

State Sales and Use Tax: 2.9 percent + local sales tax

Property Tax: Assessed at 29 percent of market value for commercial and industrial property and 7.96 percent for residential (2011)

Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit

Strategic Cash Fund

Enterprise Zone tax credits

Local government incentives

Job training grant programs

Public infrastructure grants

Biotechnology Sales and Use Tax Refund

Colorado Aircraft Manufacturer Tax Credit

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Computer & Electronic Products
  • Food
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Machinery
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Products
  • Chemicals
  • Beverage & Tobacco Products
  • Printing & Related Support Activities
  • Plastics & Rubber Products
  • Furniture & Related Products
  • Other Manufacturing Industries