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Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Corporate incentives used to draw companies to Colorado back at pre-pandemic levels

About 80% approved for the job-creation incentives end up calling Colorado home but an estimated 50% never cash in on the tax credits.


Nathan Fey leaving Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office after two years

Nathan Fey, who was tapped as director of the Colorado outdoor recreation office in 2019, is leaving to direct a Colorado-based philanthropic foundation.


Colorado’s governor wants to enlist private companies to help fix public problems with new partnership office

Gov. Jared Polis’ budget proposal seeks $1.3 million to create a state public-private partnership office. Public policy observers are skeptical.

Politics and Government

An upgraded Grand Junction rail yard could accelerate Western Slope economic development

Federal infrastructure investment floats hope for an intermodal train terminal in Grand Junction, which would support Western Slope businesses that rely on shipping containers from overseas while reducing truck traffic on I-70.


What’s Working: Why there are at least 2,314 new technology jobs in Colorado

Plus, the latest on federal aid for restaurants and entertainment venues, fraud updates, and overpayment issues for the unemployed.


Colorado Tourism Office boss suddenly shown the door to dismay of officials across the state

During her 6 years at the helm, Cathy Ritter pioneered a national movement toward sustainable tourism. Pat Meyers, Colorado’s new director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, dismissed her on his first day.


Coronavirus killed 59,179 arts jobs in Colorado and crippled key economic and cultural engines. Can they be revived?

Local philanthropists are working on grants to support artists, venues and groups. But one study suggests reviving a massive, national New Deal-like program.


Colorado Democrats unveil plan for $70 million in federal coronavirus aid, including small business loans and renter help

Republicans say they were not consulted on the state’s CARES Act spending once again.

Politics and Government

Colorado’s tourism marketing budget revived as lawmakers bet travelers will be crucial to coronavirus recovery

It looked like the state would zero out Colorado Tourism Office spending on promotion. But without visitors, communities built on travel will founder, budget writers say.

Politics and Government

Opinion: Tread lightly when looking at cuts to Colorado’s economic-development programs

Opinion Columns

Colorado could stop tourism marketing as budget writers look to slash $3 billion in spending

Tourism leaders worry about the massive economic impact of Colorado disappearing from the public eye as the Joint Budget Committee ponders the idea of the state marketing itself


Lockheed Martin sniffs around for space in Grand Junction

With recent BLM win, Western Slope city hopes to land a piece of aerospace


As Colorado’s governor, lawmakers target tax breaks, a program that covers 75% of the state’s land could be in the crosshairs

A Colorado Sun analysis of $223 million in tax credits awarded from 2013 to 2018 found that the state is often doling out taxpayer dollars without much evidence that each tax credit is producing economic activity that wouldn’t have occurred otherwise

Sun Investigation

From cleaning toilets to Congress, Betsy Markey is now leading Colorado’s renewed focus on small business

“I would like us to really focus on the small to medium-sized businesses that are already here,” says the former U.S. Rep. who was lured to northern Colorado by the lifestyle and is now head of the state's economic development office.


Investment in opportunity zones (tax incentives and all) is still scarce in Colorado

Confusion may be delaying investment — including tracking projects in the first place — but development in Lakewood to DIA to Aurora shows what's working


How a first-year Colorado lawmaker tried to “go big or go home” with a zero-waste bill

“It’s sort of messy, but that’s part of the beauty in a way,” says state Rep. Lisa Cutter, on the lessons she learned about the legislative process

Politics and Government