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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

Zero-Sum Labor - The C-Suite's Next Wicked Problem

Mark Lautman, Lautman Economic Architecture LLC (Workforce 2014)
The impending chronic shortage of qualified workers is causing employers to rethink their business models, locations, and role in their host communities. More

Leading Locations for 2014: The MSAs with Strongest Prime Work Force Growth

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q2 2014)
A yawning gap has developed between millions of potentially available workers and the increasingly sophisticated skills they would require to qualify for today’s generally tech-oriented jobs. More

Leading Locations for 2014 Commentary: One Industry, or Many, Can Lead to Economic Success

Jim Eskew, Vice President, JLL (Q2 2014)
As revealed in the overall “Leading Locations” rankings, there is more than one way to become an attractive location. Some locations have risen on the strength of a dominant industry sector. Others have prevailed by offering low-cost real estate, talent, and other resources in a balanced, diversified economy. More

Leading Locations for 2014: U.S. Metros Ranked for Economic and Job Growth

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q2 2014)
Area Development analyzes economic and workforce data for 379 MSAs, producing a snapshot of the cities across America that are poised to capitalize on the new potential for economic growth as the United States leaves the recession behind. A diversified economic base tops the most desirable traits. More

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
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COLORADO at a glance

POPULATION: 5,118,526 (2011)

LABOR FORCE: 2,723,027 (2011)

RIGHT TO WORK: Modified

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)

BASIC BUSINESS TAXES:
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)

BUSINESS INCENTIVES:
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
    18.0%
  • Food
    15.0%
  • Fabricated Metal Products
    10.3%
  • Machinery
    8.3%
  • Transportation Equipment
    6.9%
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Products
    5.3%
  • Chemicals
    4.4%
  • Beverage & Tobacco Products
    4.2%
  • Printing & Related Support Activities
    4.1%
  • Plastics & Rubber Products
    3.7%
  • Furniture & Related Products
    3.5%
  • Other Manufacturing Industries
    16.4%