DENVER — Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade today released the Colorado Blueprint 2012 Annual Report. The Colorado Blueprint is the state’s work plan to improve the state’s economy by helping businesses grow and attracting new jobs to the state.

“Two ingredients of effective partnerships are collaboration and transparency,” Hickenlooper said. “This annual report reflects the work from people and businesses throughout Colorado to create an economic development strategy with real benchmarks, measurable goals and concrete solutions to help every community create jobs and help businesses thrive.”

The bottom-up process started in January 2011 helped ensure people and businesses throughout Colorado could be involved in encouraging growth in their local communities and have a voice on how best to help businesses succeed. The first Colorado Blueprint was published in October 2011.

With this input, and with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade championing the effort, Colorado formed the basis for its six core objectives for economic development: Build a Business-Friendly Environment; Retain, Grow and Recruit Businesses; Increase Access to Capital; Create and Market a Stronger Colorado Brand; Educate and Train the Workforce of the Future; and Cultivate Innovation and Technology.

Highlights from the 2012 Colorado Blueprint Annual Report (Oct. 2011-Oct. 2012):

  • Significant success with the recruitment of new companies to the state, including Arrow Electronics and Hitachi Data Systems.
  • Successfully worked toward the retention and expansion of Colorado companies, including TeleTech, Bal-Seal, Coleman and TriZetto.
  • Celebrated five new headquarter announcements in 2012 (Arrow Electronics, Blockbuster/DISH, SCL Health System, TriZetto Group Inc., National Bank Holdings Corp.).
  • Established the Colorado Innovation Network and brought together hundreds of the world’s most innovative leaders to discuss how innovation can create jobs in Colorado.
  • Improved access to capital through new programs such as Colorado Capital Access and Cash Collateral Support, which made millions of dollars available to small businesses.
  • Reduction in bureaucratic red tape, and completion of Pits and Peeves meetings throughout the state.
  • Created a key industry strategy and completed or commenced business plans for nine of the industries.
  • Developed meaningful relationships with local economic development professionals and business leaders in the state’s 14 identified regions.
  • Formalized two Creative Districts in Colorado (Salida and Santa Fe Arts Distrcit).
  • Established the Education Leadership Council.

“Coloradans can be proud of all the work we have accomplished together this year,” said Ken Lund, Executive Director of OEDIT. “Moving forward, we will continue the momentum and enhance growth and prosperity in our key industries and regions. We hope for the continued involvement of Coloradans and businesses in the collective effort to create a stronger Colorado economy.”

View the 2012 Colorado Blueprint Annual Report.