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Colorado Downtown Streets

Safety, walkability, transportation, and aesthetic design are all important components of planning a downtown commercial area, whether in a large city or a small town. Downtowns and “Main Streets” can, if well planned, boost tourism and enhance quality of life for residents. Therefore the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the Colorado Department of Public Health […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: The WPA in Colorado

During the height of the Great Depression, as banks failed, unemployment soared, and farm prices dropped, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established as one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal projects. The WPA focused on creating and providing jobs rather than handing out direct relief. Most of the WPA jobs were aimed at […]

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Workforce Supply and Demand Data

What are the most in-demand occupations in Colorado? The State’s Talent Found Dashboard uses current job posting data to measure demand, and presents interactive maps and tables that you can use to find out the state’s hottest jobs. The data on the website supplements two 2017 state reports, the Colorado Talent Pipeline Report and Colorado […]

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County and Regional Economic Data

If you’re researching which industries drive the economy in various parts of Colorado, be sure to view the Colorado Demography Office’s Base Industry Analysis database. This tool “provides insights into the economic activities that bring outside dollars into a community and the additional jobs that result from the spending of those dollars on local resident […]

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New "Colorado Talent Pipeline" Report

The Colorado Workforce Development Council has just released a new Colorado Talent Pipeline Report.  Issued through a partnership between several state agencies, this report “explores issues related to the supply and demand of talent in Colorado.”  Here you can find data on “top jobs,” pay, and job openings; the state’s efforts to attract and utilize […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: An Economic Profile of Denver in 1974

Recently the Denver metro area has been experiencing unprecedented economic activity and growth, with hundreds of people moving here each month, new businesses coming to the area, and housing prices skyrocketing.  How does this compare with the Denver of the 1970s? In 1970, the Business School at the University of Colorado established the Denver Urban […]

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Online Career Help

Are you looking for a new job, or thinking of taking your career in a new direction?  The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment can assist.  Their Career Help webpage is a great resource that can help you find a job, training, or education.  You can use this site to link to a workforce center […]

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Colorado and the Aerospace Industry

Aerospace has been designated by the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade as one of Colorado’s fourteen key industries that “drive our state’s economy through innovation and growth.”  Colorado has several large aerospace companies, and the Governor’s Office has identified aerospace as one of the industries they want to see grow in Colorado.  […]

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Main Street Revitalization Act

In 2014 the Colorado Legislature passed HB14-1311, the “Colorado Job Creation and Main Street Revitalization Act,” which provided tax credits for Colorado communities to use to boost economic development — including job creation and tourism — while preserving the community’s unique historic commercial structures.  So how has it been doing so far?  According to the Colorado […]

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Revenue Forecast

On December 21 the Governor’s Office and the Colorado Legislative Council both issued their respective quarterly revenue forecasts.  The Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting released its Colorado Economic Outlook projected that the state’s economy will “continue to steadily grow, though not at the robust level experienced in 2014,” according to the Office’s press release. […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Colorado Industry – 1955

Industry in Colorado changed, and grew, significantly following WWII, according to a 1955 publication in our library collection.  “Since World War II, some 300 new industrial and processing firms have entered active production in Colorado,” and industry “voluntarily began decentralizing its production and distribution facilities,” remarks the report, An Analysis of Industrial Colorado and Its […]

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Economic Forecasts

The quarterly economic forecasts were released yesterday by the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) and the Legislative Council.  The December forecasts are important because they are the forecasts referred to for much of the legislation that is introduced from January, the beginning of the legislative session, until March 20 when the next forecasts are […]

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The Crash of 1893

The 1929 stock market crash wasn’t the only crash to occur in late October; an earlier event sparked one of the worst economic disasters in Colorado history.  121 years ago today, the U.S. Sentate gave final approval for repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act.  Through repeal, the U.S. government would no longer purchase silver for coinage, moving […]

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Colorado Innovation Week

Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed August 25-29, 2014 as “Colorado Innovation Week.”  According to the Governor’s press release, “The four pillars of the Colorado innovation ecosystem are talent, ideas, capital, and entrepreneurship.”  Hickenlooper says, “Innovation Week is a catalyst for bringing together many of the brightest thinkers and innovation leaders from around the world to inspire […]

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Economic Impact of Colorado Airports

A lot has changed since the Wright Brothers made their historic flight from Kitty Hawk 110 years ago today.  Aviation has become and continues to be an important part of the economy.  This fall, the Colorado Dept. of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division released a new study on the economic impact of airports in Colorado.  The report […]

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New Version of the Backseat Budgeter

This fall Colorado State University released a new version of their interactive tool, Colorado Backseat Budgeter.  Developed in part by CSU’s Colorado Futures Center, the online tool allows citizens to participate in a simulation of the state’s budgeting process.  According to a media release from the center, “the online tool displays the 2013-14 Colorado general fund budget […]

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Creative Districts

In 2011 the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation to allow for the establishment of Creative Districts in Colorado.  According to the legislation, a Creative District is “a well-organized, designated mixed-use area of a community in which a high concentration of cultural facilities, creative businesses, or arts-related businesses serve as the anchor of attraction.”  They can […]

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Colorado Main Street Program

Recently Governor Hickenlooper announced that Trinidad has been added to the list of communities participating in the Main Street Program. With the addition of Trinidad, there are now 13 communities across Colorado participating in the program.  According to the Governor’s Office, The Main Street® Program helps to revitalize downtown districts leveraging historic preservation. The program […]

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The Economic Power of Heritage and Place

Did you know that if you own a historic building, you own an economic asset?  Studies have proven that the preservation of historic structures is directly linked to a stronger economy.  Historic places attract tourists, encourage investment in community, promote sustainability, and can provide owners with state and federal tax credits.  It’s all outlined in a new recent study […]

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New: Demography Dashboard

The State Demography Office (part of the Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs) has just released a new “dashboard” feature, with information presented for each county.  According to the Office,  “Our new Demography Dashboard shows graphs and charts for various datasets by county. Graphs include: Net Migration by Age, Population Estimates, Population Projections and Components of Change.” […]

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Relocating a Business to Colorado

If you’re interested in taking advantage of Colorado’s highly educated workforce and other amenities by relocating your business in our beautiful state, all the information you need is available at your fingertips through the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade’s Site Selection resource.  Here you will find everything you need to know, from […]