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Choosing the Optimal Site for an Aviation-Related Project

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)
If current trends continue, a conservative estimate reveals there will be more than 1,000 announcements of aviation-related projects in the United States over the next decade. The best location decisions will be made by project teams that not only look at the current overall costs, but also have a deep understanding of hidden site development costs, in addition to the long-term political/financial stability that a region can provide. More

Leading Locations for 2015: Creating a Track Record of Economic Success, Denver-Aurora-Broomfield Ranks First

Area Development Special Presentation (Q2 2015)
Area Development analyzed economic and workforce data for 373 MSAs to determine which U.S. cities are creating jobs and nurturing sustainable economic development. The results of the Leading Locations 2015 study clearly reflect the strength of the western half of the United States: eight of the top-10 MSAs are in the West — three in Colorado, two in California, two in Texas, and one in Washington State. More

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

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