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The Technology, Information and Electronics Industry Collaboration Office (ICO), is a public-private collaboration between the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT)and CTA.

The ICO collectively drives the Colorado Blueprintbottoms up strategic economic plan for three key industry networks - technology, information and electronics. We bring industry leaders, entrepreneurs and academia together 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 core objectives and are staffed by volunteers who want to act and see tangible results. Initiatives are funded and staffed by company sponsorship, donations 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.

BLUEPRINT FRAMEWORK SIX CORE OBJECTIVE AREAS

Business Environment refers to the government-driven factors that affect a company’s operations, including:

  • Local, state and federal government regulations.
  • Local, state and federal tax environment (sales and use, property tax, tax exemptions and incentives).
  • Any other Colorado business environment issues, such as utility or labor costs.

Business Funding refers to refers to:

  • The lending climate between banks and companies in the industry in Colorado.
  • Activity level of private investors (angel and venture) with companies in the industry in Colorado.
  • Access to other types of financing, including foreign direct investment.
Business Development refers to the retention and expansion of existing Colorado operations and the recruitment and attraction of business prospects that:
  • Consist of national and global companies that are primary competitors and/or collaborators within the industry and would deepen the industry if brought to Colorado.
  • Consist of national and global companies critical to the value chain, supply chain and/or distribution chain for the industry in Colorado and would increase competitiveness if brought to Colorado.
  • Provide access to international markets for export of products or services provided by companies within the key industry.
Education & Workforce refers to:
  • The current talent pool—availability of qualified and high quality talent to grow the companies in the industry.
  • The development of the future talent pool—availability of high quality and dynamic post secondary programs (universities, colleges, applied technical colleges, workforce centers) preparing and/or retraining students and workers to participate in the industry workforce.
  • Entrepreneurial training focused on developing new ventures within the industry.
Innovation & Technology is addressed uniquely in all key industries, but in general refers to:
  • Research and development activity within the industry within Colorado at universities, private research labs or federal labs.
  • Activity in technology transfer and commercialization of products within the industry in Colorado and associated entrepreneurial activity.
  • The impact of technology on increasing productivity of companies within the industry in Colorado.
Industry Branding refers to:
  • The reputation that the industry in Colorado has on a national and global level—what level of "awareness in the marketplace” does the industry possess.
  • The awareness of the industry locally and the affect on the ability of companies in the industry to attract potential employees, entrepreneurs or investors.
  • The reputation that the industry has among the general public and policy-makers in Colorado and the associated effect on policy.

 

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