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Colorado Economic Development Directory

CO Statewide Economic Development Agencies

Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade
Don Elliman
Executive Director
1625 Broadway, Suite 2700
Denver, CO USA 80202
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CO Regional Economic Development Agencies

Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
Tom Clark
Executive Vice President
1445 Market Street
Denver, CO USA 80202
303-620-8092 or
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CO County Economic Development Agencies

El Paso County Economic Development
DeAnne McCann
Economic Development Manager
27 East Vermijo Avenue, 5th Floor
Colorado Springs, CO USA 80903
Kiowa County Economic Development Foundation
Jan Richards
Community Coordinator
P.O. Box 250
Eads, CO USA 81036
La Plata County E.D.A. Partnership
Jack Llewellyn
Executive Director
111 South Camino Del Rio
Durango, CO USA 81302
Lincoln County E.D.C.
Patricia Vice
Executive Director
790 Main Street
Limon, CO USA 80828
Logan County Economic Development Corporation
Richard O’Connell
Executive Director
213 Main Street, P.O. Box 72
Sterling, CO USA 80751
Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation
Mike Masciola
COO & Senior Vice President
3553 Clydesdale Parkway, Suite 230
Loveland, CO USA 80538
Upstate Colorado Economic Development
Larry Burkhardt
President & CEO
822 7th Street, Suite 550
Greeley, CO USA 80631
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CO City Economic Development Agencies

Aurora Economic Development Council
Wendy Mitchell
President & CEO
562 Sable Boulevard, Suite 240
Aurora, CO USA 80011
Broomfield E.D.C.
Donald Dunshee
President & CEO
2655 West Midway Boulevard, Suite 370
Broomfield, CO USA 80020
City of Colorado Springs Economic Development
Elena Nunez
Business Development Manager
P.O. Box 1575, MC 1541
Colorado Springs, CO USA 80901-1575
City of Englewood Community Development
Darren Hollingsworth
Economic Development Coordinator
1000 Englewood Parkway
Englewood, CO USA 80110
City of Thornton Business Development
9500 Civic Center Drive
Thornton, CO USA 80229
City of Westminster
Susan F. Grafton, CED
Economic Development Manager
4800 West 92nd Avenue
Westminster, CO USA 80031
Erie Economic Development Council
Tom Van Lone
149 Briggs Street, Suite 102
Erie, CO USA 80516
Firestone Economic Development Committee
Cheri Andersen
Town Administrator
P.O. Box 100
Firestone, CO USA 80520
Lakewood Economic Development
Rachel Griffin
Economic Development Specialist
480 South Allison Parkway
Lakewood, CO USA 80226
Montrose Economic Development
Sandy Head
President & Executive Director
100 Tessitore Court, Suite A
Montrose, CO USA 81401
Parker Economic Development Council
Benjamin Snow
Executive Director
19751 East Mainstreet, Suite R11
Parker, CO USA 80138

Wheat Ridge Economic Development Division

Steve Art
Economic Development Manager
7500 West 29th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Wheat Ridge, CO USA 80033

Colorado State Incentives

AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURER NEW EMPLOYEE TAX CREDIT: Aircraft manufacturers located in a Colorado aviation development zone may qualify for a state income tax credit of $1,200 per new employee.

An ‘aviation development zone’ is any airport in Colorado that is a public-use facility designated by the FAA in its latest National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, which has registered with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

A business or portion of a business involved in the maintenance of aircraft is not eligible. If a facility performs both manufacturing and maintenance functions, only employees working exclusively in the manufacturing portion of the business may qualify for the credit.

BIOTECHNOLOGY SALES & USE TAX REFUND: Biotechnology industries may recover the sales and use taxes paid in the preceding year on equipment and supplies purchased to conduct biotechnology research and development. Qualified taxpayers may seek a refund every year for all Colorado sales and use taxes they paid on purchases of tangible personal property used directly and predominately in research and development of biotechnology. This includes property such as microscopes, chemical reagents, and software.

COLORDO FIRST/EXISTING INDUSTRY CUSTOMIZED TRAINING PROGRAMS: Jointly administered by the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). Colorado First grants are for companies that are relocating to CO or existing companies that are undertaking a major expansion. Existing Industry grants are designed for CO companies that are implementing new technology to remain competitive and keep jobs in the state. Approved training is for transferable job skills that support both the company’s economic competitiveness by re-training its workers in new skills, while enhancing the workers’ resumes and long-term employment opportunities.

ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM: Provides tax incentives to encourage businesses to locate and expand in designated economically distressed areas of the state. There are 16 Enterprise Zones and 2 sub-zones in Colorado.

LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE ASSISTANCE: Designed to create new permanent jobs and retain existing jobs, primarily for low- and moderate-income persons. It encourages new business development, expansions and retentions of businesses located in non-entitlement cities and counties (that shall minimize, to the extent practicable, displacement of existing businesses and jobs in neighborhoods). Funds may be provided for the construction and/or improvement of water lines & wastewater facilities, sewer lines, sewage treatment facilities, roadways, natural gas-line services, electric power services, railroad spurs, lighting, sidewalks and alternative power sources such as solar.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROPERTY TAX INCENTIVES (BUSINESS INCENTIVE AGREEMENTS): The Colorado Urban and Rural Enterprise Zone Act and House Bill 02-1399 enable local governments, at their discretion, to provide property tax credits or incentive payments (‘Business Incentive Agreements’ or ‘BIA’s’) based on the amount of increased property taxes for qualifying new business activity in their jurisdictions.

MANUFACTURING REVENUE BONDS: Provides favorable tax-exempt Private Activity Bond financing targeted to small manufacturers in Colorado. It provides for the financing of real estate, machinery and equipment associated with expansion projects specific to manufacturers. Borrowers must meet all eligibility thresholds and federal tax code requirements and often must compete for available volume, which is capped statewide under federal rules.


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