Manufacturing is vital to a strong Colorado economy, and has great growth potential. Colorado manufacturers are highly innovative and use advanced processes to serve diverse sectors across the Colorado economy - from electronics and consumer products to clean energy systems, aerospace vehicles and medical devices. Manufacturing leaders in the state are also global leaders in advanced materials, as well as food manufacturing and beverage processing.
Momentum is building in Colorado around the opportunities for innovation and the creation of highly-skilled, high paying jobs in advanced manufacturing.
The industry is diverse and geographically disbursed across the state, with over 5,900 manufacturing firms, more than 120,000 employees, and $16.3 billion in annual economic output. Global shifts in the manufacturing landscape are putting Colorado at the forefront of bringing advanced manufacturing back to the United States. Colorado is focused on job creation in manufacturing through focused recruitment of new manufacturers and the identification of business-to-business opportunities for existing manufacturers.
Advanced Industry (AI) Accelerator Programs
The AI Accelerator Programs (HB 13-1001, HB 13-1193) were created in 2013 to promote growth and sustainability in these industries by helping drive innovation, accelerate commercialization, encourage public-private partnerships, increase access to early stage capital and create a strong ecosystem that increases the state’s global competitiveness. Apply or learn more