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Industry Leadership

Colorado's technology industry is diverse and healthy!

CTA partners with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) to drive a bottoms up strategic economic plan (see Governor's economic business plan for more details) to help advance the technology industry in Colorado.  We refer to our virtual core team as the Industry Collaboration Office (ICO).

The purpose of ICO is to bring together industry leaders, entrepreneurs and academia to create and execute on industry-specific initiatives that will advance the industry, spur innovation and create a thriving technology start-up community that keeps and creates technology jobs in Colorado.

As a virtual organization, industry executive leadership teams and tactical initiative teams are divided across the six Colorado Blueprint objectives and are staffed by volunteers who want to act and see tangible results. Initiatives are funded and staffed by company sponsorships and volunteers. Most working teams are diverse with participation from all aspects of the community from technology companies, IT departments, business services providers, government agencies, associations and academia.

Roadmap Categories
Build a Business-Friendly Environment(Public Policy)

Retain, Grow & Recruit Companies

Increase Access to Capital

Create & Market a Stronger Colorado Brand

Educate & Train the Workforce of the Future

Cultivate Innovation & Technology

Did you know?

  • CNBC ranked Colorado fifth in "America's Top States for Business" in 2011. The state ranked especially high for business friendliness, economy, and access to capital.
  • Forbes ranked Colorado first for labor prospects and fifth overall in its 2011 "Best States for Business" report.
  • Colorado has the third-highest concentration of high-tech workers in the country according to the "Cyberstates 2011" report by TechAmerica.
  • When IT occupations in all industry sectors are included, there are more than 175,000 information technology workers in Colorado.
  • Colorado’s federal research laboratories inject over $1.1 billion yearly into the state’s economy and account for about 6,200 high paying jobs. Colorado’s prominent role as a high-tech leader is greatly enhanced by the presence of a number of key federal laboratories.

Source: Colorado Economic Development Databook, 2010-2011;State of the Industry: Technology in Colorado, 2010; Colorado Department of Labor, 2010; Metro Denver Network

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