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Inward Investment Guides

The Mystery Impact of Data Centers on Local Economies Revealed

John Lenio, Economist and Managing Director, Economic Incentives Group (EIG), CBRE  (Data Centers 2015)
Although they do not create as many permanent jobs as other types of projects, capital investment in data centers can be quite substantial, justifying large incentives offerings. More

Regional Report: Mountain Region States Highlighting Innovation and Pioneer Industries

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2015)
States in the mountain region are pulling out the stops to attract advanced technology companies. Nowhere is this more true than in Nevada, where Tesla is building its gigafactory, which will be the world’s largest and most advanced battery factory. More

Urban vs. Suburban: Which Location Will Allow Your Company to Grow?

Julia Georgules, Vice President, Associate Director of Office Research, JLL (Q4 2014)
The key to urban vs. suburban or balancing millennial interests and boomer practicality is deciding which location and workplace strategy will accommodate growth. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #7: Lower Corporate Tax Rate Rates = Stronger Economies

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q4 2014)
A state’s corporate tax rate is usually a bedrock indicator of its business-friendliness and a simple but substantial number that has a huge long-haul impact on the financial performance of a new plant or other facility. More

Securing Incentives With a Well-Paid Workforce

Robert Foley, Manager, Global Location & Expansion Services, KPMG LLLP (Q4 2014)
As a growing number of states augment their business incentives with Quality Jobs programs, manufacturing, technology and other high value-add companies are well positioned to potentially reap significant and often enhanced tax and non-tax benefits. More

Revolutionary Advances in Life Sciences amid Industry Disruption and Uncertainty

Mark Crawford (Q4 2014)
Major economic, social, and regulatory factors are having big impacts on the life sciences and medical device industries, representing an opportunity for innovative companies to become new leaders and gain market share. More

Domestic Oil Production Spurs Regional and Manufacturing Industry Renaissance

Bruce Rutherford, International Director, Global Energy Practice Leader, JLL (Q3 2014)
Today's thriving domestic energy industry is stimulating local economies across the map, from major cities like Denver and Houston, to small towns at the epicenter of shale plays like Williston, North Dakota. More

Electronics, Photonics, and Digital Media Sectors: Key to Future U.S. Competitiveness

Mark Crawford (Q3 2014)
These interconnected industries will be drivers in stimulating economic growth, creating jobs, and improving global competitiveness. Collaboration among private-sector companies, universities, and government on research and commercialization will be vital. More

COLORADO at a glance

POPULATION: 5,192,076 (US Census, ACS estimate 2013)

LABOR FORCE: 2,804,659 (US Census, ACS estimate 2013)


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) 36.7% (2008–2012)

Corporate Income Tax: 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 (2012)


Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit

Strategic Cash Fund

Enterprise Zone Tax Credits

Local Government Incentive

Job Training Grant Programs

Public Infrastructure Grants

Biotechnology Sales and Use Tax Refund

Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exemption

Aviation Development Zone Tax Credit


Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs

Colorado Capital Access - SSBCI

Cash Collateral Support - SSBCI

Colorado Credit Reserve

Regional Tourism Act

Venture Capital Authority

Community Block Grants

Certified Capital Companies

Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grants

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Food Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronics
  • Petroleum and Coal Products
  • Beverage & Tobacco Products
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Fabricated Metal Product
Source: Sales Data 2012 - EMSI