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Denver Economic Development Report – 4,164 Jobs Created and 3,076 Retained

The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) has released its annual report outlining strong gains that include the creation of 4,164 new jobs, the successful retention of 3,076 jobs, and the creation of 628 affordable housing units.

Denver economic developemnt annual report

Photo – denvergov.org

As per the OED report, Denver economic development incentive programs, tax credits, loans, and training assistance programs helped 89 firms expand in the city, resulting in more than $304 million of capital investments.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock said in a statement that Denver’s hard-working employers, employees and entrepreneurs enjoyed a year of recording-breaking progress on many economic fronts. “Their tenacity, coupled with the city’s efforts to sustain and grow a next-generation economy built on Denver’s traditional strengths, has simultaneously attracted new ventures, new industries, and thousands of new residents,” said Mayor Hancock.

One of the two key themes the report highlights in local economic development this year involves new ways to apply technology to maximize the impact of OED’s efforts and initiatives. For example, OED began using an interactive online tool (www.oppsites.com) that blends both mapping and promotional data to showcase sites with developers, businesses, and retailers all over the country.

Similarly, OED launched the Denver Manufacturing Map Tool, an online GIS mapping system that details all manufacturing operations and related support systems within the city. Among its many uses, the tool helps manufacturers identify suppliers, transportation providers, warehousing opportunities, and potential expansion sites.

The second theme the report highlights is OED’s success in building Denver’s presence as a trade partner internationally, such as assistance provided to the Denver Beer Company, which is now selling beer in Japan.

Working in partnership with Denver International Airport and state and regional partners, OED focused on increasing Denver’s profile in key world markets. These efforts included trade missions to businesses in global opportunity markets (Asia), hosting an investment forum/exchange in Japan, and the launch of the Mayor’s International Advisory Council, with the goal to make Denver a more internationally competitive and welcoming city.

The annual report also highlights key JumpStart 2015 accomplishments, as well as other signature wins gained by the OED last year. JumpStart 2015 was the OED’s Denver economic development plan built on seven pillars – business recruitment, business retention, small business advocacy, housing development, neighborhood development, strategic lending, and workforce development.

Major firms assisted by OED in 2015 include United Airlines, Gusto, Comcast, FiveStars, KPMG, DaVita, Costco, Sunrun, Optiv and Transamerica.

One of OED’s biggest successes last year was United Airlines’ selection of Denver as the location for its consolidated flight training center. The expansion will bring approximately 250 additional high-paying jobs, plus more than $40 million in upgrades to the Stapleton facilities, which in turn will catapult development of the nearby Central Park Station transit-oriented development. OED supported the expansion through the Business Incentive Fund.

OED Executive Director Paul Washington noted that “We’ve had an exciting run of new jobs from both startups and corporate locations, and at the same time posted major gains in the Mayor’s ambitious 3×5 plan for affordable housing.”

Read the full Denver Office of Economic Development Annual Report – Download (pdf)

Denver, Colorado Secures DISH Expansion With 100 Software Development Jobs

DISH Network is opening a software development office in downtown Denver as part of an expansion of its in-house software development capacity to support products and services including Sling TV, DISH’s live and on-demand Internet TV app.

DISH Network Headquarters

DISH Network Headquarters (photo – Leroyky/wikipedia)

The company is transforming approximately 20,000 square feet of space in the historic Grand Central Building into an open work environment. The space will also include a private technology demonstration space to showcase DISH’s technology, products and services.

The company expects to create 100 new software technology jobs at this new Downtown Denver office. Englewood, CO-based DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) was founded in Colorado in 1980, and already has more than 4,000 employees in the state and operates 10 other Colorado locations, including its Douglas County Meridian headquarters.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a release announcing the DISH expansion that “This step not only helps expand their presence, it gives another meaningful boost to Colorado’s thriving tech community as we welcome a new neighbor in downtown Denver.”

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock added that “DISH is a homegrown company, and it’s very encouraging to see one of our area’s key employers choosing to expand right within the heart of LoDo and our regional transit hub.”

Rob Dravenstott, DISH senior vice president and chief information officer, noted that  “From the heart of the thriving Denver tech community, this office will utilize collaborative software development models to expand our world-class IT group and play an integral role in creating next generation services.”

Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP), focused on the economic development impact of DISH’s expansion.

“As one of the largest companies in Colorado and the U.S., DISH’s selection of Downtown Denver as the location to expand its technology products and services perpetuates the brand of our strong culture of innovation and signals the economic vitality of the center city,” said Door. “We are pleased that Downtown Denver will serve as the launch pad for state-of-the-art ideas and products that will benefit consumers across the country.”

DDP creatively plans and manages Downtown Denver economic development to maintain it as the vibrant and economically healthy urban core of the Rocky Mountain Region.

Colorado Technology Association CEO Erik Mitisek likewise noted that “DISH has a world-class tech organization that will lend its expertise and leadership as it expands its relationships into the heart of Denver’s emerging tech community.”

DISH’s new Grand Central office in Downtown Denver is scheduled to be fully operational by June this year.

Pueblo, CO Approves Economic Development Incentives For CBD Biosciences Hemp Project

The City Council of Pueblo, CO has approved a package of economic development incentives and agreements to facilitate a proposed hemp oil manufacturing plant by CBD Biosciences, LLC.

Hemp

Hemp (photo – Kríttikl Kápchər/flickr)

The company plans to invest $5,240,000 in the project, supported by a $4.89 million Pueblo economic development grant for purchase of manufacturing equipment.

Another $3 million approved by the City Council will go to the Pueblo Development Foundation (PDF), to be used for remodeling and renovating the former Boeing building that CBD Biosciences will occupy in the Pueblo Memorial Airport Industrial Park.

Apart from the 163 new jobs with average wages and benefits totaling nearly $52,000 that the project will bring to the City and County of Pueblo and the region, another big positive is that local officials have finally managed to put to productive use the 193,000-square-foot former Boeing site that has been vacant since Boeing’s rocket plant was shut down in 2004.

The CBD project saves the City a significant sum in projected future maintenance expenses for the building. Also, the sale of the former Boeing Building will fully reimburse the half-cent sales tax fund for its prior investment in the Building and will allow excess sales proceeds to be deposited in the City’s general fund.

Not to mention the fact that the recruitment of an hemp oil production facility fits in with the priorities of the Pueblo Economic Development Corp. (PEDCO), which has identified hemp as one of its three target industry clusters, along with aerospace and rail.

CBD Biosciences, a joint venture between Thar Process Inc. and O.penVape, plans to establish the new facility to process hemp plants and produce hemp oil.

The Boeing building in question is currently owned by the City, and will be transferred to the PDF. As per the proposal recommended by the PEDCO and approved by the City Council, the company will sign a lease/purchase agreement with PDF for the building under which it pays no rent for the first eight months, and then $40,000 per month for months 9-14, and $80,000 per month subsequently for months 15-120.

The company will have the option to purchase the building for $7,850,000 (the City’s investment of the half cent sales tax funds in the building) plus $150,000 at the end of years three, seven and ten of the lease agreement.

CBD Biosciences will also be eligible for additional state incentives under the Enterprise Zone program. For its part, the company has agreed to create jobs as per a three-year ramp-up schedule, and will hire 163 full-time employees with an average annual salary of at least $41,590 without benefits, and $51,998 with benefits, for a minimum of seven years.

The CBD Biosciences hemp manufacturing project in Pueblo is scheduled to be officially announced later this week by city officials and the company.

Colorado Economic Development Incentives Secure DaVita Expansion in Denver

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. has announced plans to expand its footprint in downtown Denver by leasing space in a new office tower and adding hundreds of new jobs.

DaVita HealthCare Partners

Photo – davitahealthcarepartners.com

Supported by incentives approved last month by the Colorado Economic Development Commission, the company is leasing 265,000 square feet of space in the 16 Chestnut development in downtown Denver.

The 410,000-square-foot 16 Chestnut building is located directly across 16th Street from DaVita’s original headquarters building, thus creating an urban campus environment for the company in downtown Denver. Groundbreaking for the new building is scheduled for July next year.

The new space will allow for growth including 1,200 additional DaVita HealthCare Partners teammates in Denver. DaVita HealthCare Partners Chairman and CEO Kent J. Thiry said in a release that “When we moved to Denver, we were confident that we would find a place for our new corporate headquarters. What we underestimated was that we would find a community that aligns so well with our own values.”

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE:DVA), an independent medical group and a leading provider of kidney care services, relocated from Los Angeles to Denver in 2010 and opened its headquarters building in 2012. At that time, the $101 million project was the first corporate build-to-suit headquarters to locate in the Denver central business district in the past 35 years.

Back in 2010, Colorado offered DaVita $5.3 million in state incentives to support the company’s headquarters relocation and investment project. Last month, the Colorado Economic Development Commission approved another $12.7 million for “Project Bronco II” under the Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit (JGITC) program for the company’s latest expansion project.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said in the release that when you recruit a headquarters to your state, you do everything you can to ensure they’re successful and grow. “With DaVita, we also welcomed a devoted community partner,” added Gov. Hickenlooper. “Their support has benefited everything from our schools to business development to hundreds of charities and non-profits.”

Since relocating to Colorado, DaVita has become a key driver of Denver economic development, adding more than 1,500 local jobs and pumping millions into the local economy. The company now has more than 2, 420 employees in Colorado and over 62,000 overall.

DaVita is also one of the most admired corporate entities and employers in the region. In the last year alone, the company has been named on lists including the Denver Business Journal’s Healthiest Employer list; FORTUNE Magazine’s Most Admired Companies list; and Newsweek’s Top Green Company in the U.S. list.

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock added that “DaVita has played a key role in Lower Downtown’s resurgence as a vibrant hub for innovative businesses. This next chapter for DaVita and Denver is set to build on that momentum.”

The leasing entity and property owner of the 16 Chestnut building is East West Partners. Chris Frampton, managing partner at East West Partners, noted that DaVita truly put Denver on the map as a destination for business and corporate headquarters. Frampton added that “their commitment to downtown has had and will continue to have a significant impact.”

Economic Development News – Labor Day Edition

Labor Day this year brings news of workforce development month being proclaimed by some states, a highlight on Colorado’s unique blend of modified right-to-work status, and some interesting Labor Day statistics released by the Census Bureau.

Labor Day

Labor Day (photo – commerce.gov)

Just in time for Labor Day, the governors of Wisconsin, Maryland and Colorado have issued proclamations declaring September as Workforce Development month.

In a statement issuing the proclamation, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that “As we continue to invest in workforce development programs, we will target areas where the skills gap still exists, and ensure that employers are able to hire Wisconsin workers who are equipped with the skills they need to succeed.”

Throughout the month of September, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and regional workforce partners will recognize Workforce Development Month through a variety of events.

In Maryland, the Hogan Administration likewise proclaimed September as Workforce Development Month. Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) Secretary Kelly M. Schulz said in a release that “It is my hope that through this proclamation, Maryland’s jobseekers and businesses alike will become more aware of the tremendous amount of services they have at their disposal as we, together, ensure that Maryland is ‘Open for Business.'”

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper also issued a proclamation declaring September as Workforce Development Month in the state. Throughout this month, the CO Department of Labor and Employment will partner with state and county run Workforce Centers to spotlight services and resources available to the 2.7 million people in Colorado’s labor force and the 170,000 businesses that hire them.

In his proclamation, Gov. Hickenlooper notes that “breaking down the barriers that keep people from following their dreams and reaching their goals is critically important if Colorado is to remain economically robust and globally competitive.”

Meanwhile, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation took the opportunity to highlight the fact that Colorado is the only modified right-to-work state in the country.

Colorado’s labor law provides a unique legislative model that creates an environment where the state is neither right-to-work nor union shop. Employees can obligate themselves to pay union dues if they choose to. However, unlike union shop states where negotiations after a single election can result in an obligation to pay union dues, the Colorado Labor Peace Act requires two votes.

The first is a “vote-to-have-a-vote” and the second vote (on mandatory union dues) requires a 75 percent majority and comes only if and after the first one is passed. That’s why state officials and business leaders are trying to change the National Right to Work Committee (NRTWC) classification of Colorado as a forced-unionism state.

Bradley Kafka, the vice chair of the labor and employment practice group at the Polsinelli law firm, said in a release that research indicates that Colorado’s job creation since the Great Recession far exceeds both union shop states and right-to-work states.

Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation CEO Tom Clark added that to continue this growth trajectory, it is imperative that Colorado business leaders proactively educate and address the misperceptions around the state’s showpiece labor relations law.

And here’s some interesting tidbits from the annual release of Labor Day statistics by the Census Bureau.

16.2 million – The number of wage and salary workers age 16 and over represented by a union in 2014;

New York – State with highest union membership rate (24.6 percent);

North Carolina – State with lowest union membership rate (1.9 percent); and

53 percent – Projected percentage growth from 2012 to 2022 in the number of industrial-organizational psychologists, the projected fastest-growing occupation.

ZenPayroll Selects Denver for Second Office With 1000 Jobs

Online payroll software company ZenPayroll Inc. is expanding out of Silicon Valley, and its first stop is a new office location in Denver, Colorado.

ZenPayroll

ZenPayroll (photo – zenpayroll.com)

Supported by Colorado economic development incentives, the company has opened a new office in Denver and plans to hire more than 100 employees immediately, and over 1,000 in the next few years.

ZenPayroll was founded in 2012 in San Francisco, and recently raised $60 million in a funding round led by Google Capital. The company has quickly grown to offer nationwide support for its platform, and now has 225 employees and processes billions of dollars in annual payroll for tens of thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses.

The company conducted an extensive search to find a city that supports its rapid growth, and ultimately chose a location near Union Station in the heart of downtown Denver. ZenPayroll plans to use its new central location in Denver to better meet its customers’ needs. Denver will serve as the hub for ZenPayroll’s customer service teams.

One of the factors in favor of Denver was its similarity as a kindred spirit to San Francisco, attracting the same kind of young people into an urban setting that fosters and supports the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem that San Francisco and the Bay Area are so famous for. ZenPayroll will benefit from this vibrancy and will in turn support Denver economic development by helping small businesses and startups grow faster.

ZenPayroll CEO and Co-founder Josh Reeves said in a release announcing the expansion that Denver is a vibrant, growing city where they are excited to expand their footprint, hire kindred spirits, and better serve their customers across the country. Reeves added that they are also eager to get involved locally as an active, responsible member of the Denver community.

In order to secure the project, Colorado has offered ZenPayroll a package of incentives totaling $19 million that includes more than $17.5 million through the Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit program. This is a performance-based incentive tied to the actual number of jobs the company creates.

Governor John Hickenlooper said in the release that ZenPayroll’s expansion adds to the growing list of innovative technology companies that have chosen to make a significant investment in Colorado.

“We are confident that our state’s business-friendly environment will provide ZenPayroll with the support that the company needs to excel,” added Gov. Hickenlooper.

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock added that they’re thrilled that ZenPayroll decided to expand its operations into Denver. Mayor Hancock added that they’re delighted to welcome the company to the city’s ever-expanding roster of fast-growth companies that are creating jobs, expanding the economy, and helping make Denver a city of opportunity for all.

Denver Airport Communities Agree on DIA Regional Economic Development

Denver and Adams County communities unveiled the first major amendments to the original intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) that led to the creation of Denver International Airport and set in place the framework for economic development projects involving DIA.

DIA communities

DIA communities (photo – denvergov.org)

The initiatives and measures proposed under the IGA amendments are expected to set the stage for continued metro Denver economic development for decades to come. The proposals will also strengthen DIA’s global competitiveness and benefit all of Colorado.

These initiatives, outlined below, were developed through two years of negotiations between DIA communities, including Denver, Adams County, Commerce City, Brighton, Federal Heights and Thornton, that are a part of the Airport Coordinating Committee (ACC).

One of the key new initiatives is a 1,500-acre pilot program to allow a far wider range of commercial usage on DIA than is currently permitted. Under the amendments agreed to by Denver and Adams County communities, the pilot program will allow projects such as retail, office parks, warehouses and manufacturing, even if they are unrelated to aviation and airport operations.

Denver and Adams County will split the tax revenues from these new commercial projects under the 1,500-acre pilot program, with DIA retaining the lease revenue from all these projects. Adams County communities will split the county’s share of the revenue based on a set revenue sharing formula.

As part of this arrangement, Denver will provide Adams County with $10 million as an upfront payment that will also be shared by Adams County communities. The pilot program could subsequently be expanded with approval from the Airport Coordinating Committee.

A new regional entity for Adams County and Denver economic development would be created to market new commercial business opportunities at DIA and the region, and subsequently assist in planning, funding and development of regional infrastructure.

Another major amendment is the lifting of land use restrictions on the property immediately surrounding the airport. These “clear zones” were established to serve as a buffer for DIA, but the DIA communities on the ACC now agree that the buffer zones are no longer needed.

Again, the ACC municipalities involved will benefit from the taxes, investments and job creation from new developments in these clear zones, while DIA will retain the lease revenue.

These and other measures included in the amendments to the IGAs require approval from both the Denver City Council and the Adams County Board of Commissioners, and will then have to be ratified by voters in the November elections.

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said in a statement that this historic agreement will have a seismic impact on metro Denver’s competitive edge in the global marketplace.

Adams County Commissioner Jan Pawlowski added that it’s reassuring to know that the spirit of regionalism is alive and well in the metro area. Pawlowski noted that there are few agreements where everyone at the table comes away feeling successful, but this is one of them.

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said in the release that this agreement will allow them to take full advantage of the enormous economic development and job creation opportunities that deliver tangible benefits for area residents.

The original intergovernmental agreements in 1988 set the stage for the relocation of Stapleton International Airport, with DIA opening on its 53-square-mile site in 1995. In the 20 years since then, DIA has become a huge economic engine for metro Denver and Colorado, driving more than $26 billion annually into the regional economy. This airport-driven economy supports a workforce of about 35,000 people, around half of whom live in Adams County communities.

U.S. Economic Development Administration Grant for Incubator at Artspace Loveland in Colorado

The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded an $862,557 grant for restoring the historic Feed & Grain Building in the City of Loveland, CO that will used as a creative arts business incubator.

Artspace Loveland

Artspace Loveland (photo – artspace.org)

The EDA grant for the Artspace Loveland Project will create 27 jobs, retain 22 jobs, and help the community’s efforts at recovery and rebuilding in the wake of severe flooding a couple of years ago that killed eight people and caused $2 billion in damage.

Minneapolis, MN-based Artspace is a non-profit that aims to build better communities through the arts, supported by a network of over 35 arts facilities across 13 states.

The Artspace Loveland project builds upon Loveland’s cultural heritage, transforming an entire neglected downtown city block into a community asset in which the arts is a common thread combining programs such as affordable housing and creative entrepreneurialism.

One of these projects is the Incubator at Artspace Loveland that will serve Loveland and the Larimer County region. It will aid recovery efforts by helping grow the region’s creative economy as part of a strategy for economic diversification, resiliency and growth.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams said in a release announcing the grant that EDA is committed to supporting regionally focused and regionally driven economic development projects, adding that this grant will help the community of Loveland strengthen the regional economy by cultivating businesses and jobs in the creative arts.

Artspace will operate the Incubator with support from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the City of Loveland Economic Development Department. Several businesses and organizations have already expressed their interest in being tenants in the building and creating new jobs for the region.

Apart from the Incubator, the phased rehabilitation of the historic Feed & Grain Building also includes plans for art galleries, artist studios, office space for art organizations, and other community arts uses.

The Feed & Grain Building is one part of the project, which also includes construction of 30 units of affordable living and working space for eligible artists. A third component of the $9.2 million Artspace Loveland project is the construction of an outdoor plaza and community gathering space that will connect the incubator and affordable artist housing together.

The Artspace Loveland project has also previously been designated as an Enterprise Zone contribution project by the Colorado Economic Development Commission. This designation allows individuals and organizations making cash donations to Artspace Loveland to claim a 25 percent tax credit on their state income taxes in Colorado.

Denver Economic Development Scorecard

The Denver Office of Economic Development has released its latest annual report, which shows a successful year of job growth, business expansions and new capital investments.

Denver OED annual report

Denver OED annual report (photo – denvergov.org)

According to the report, 119 firms that received Denver economic development assistance last year generated more than $139 million in capital investments, created 3,311 new jobs and helped retain 4,083 jobs.

Major projects included in this lot are Panasonic Enterprise Solutions, WorldRemit, Signpost, and the PENSCO Trust Company.

The Panasonic project is notable not only because a reputed global company is building its operations base and assembly facility in the city with 330 jobs. The facility is located at Pena Boulevard Station, a 400-acre master planned transit-oriented development adjacent to Denver International Airport. Panasonic, DIA and the site’s developer have committed to make it a global showcase for sustainable community development.

The city also released aggregate job growth figures since OED launched its annual JumpStart strategy for Denver economic development in 2012. Since then, OED programs have helped create 6,539 new jobs, retain 6,683 existing jobs, and attracted $403.1 million in capital investment. Not to mention construction, creation or rehabilitation of 1,478 affordable housing units.

During this same period, the city as a whole has created 36,000 new jobs and 2,200 new businesses.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock said in a release unveiling the OED report that bold and intentional investments in the private sector have created a robust economy that is driving opportunity for residents and neighborhoods across the city.

Denver Office of Economic Development Executive Director Paul Washington said they’re building on the momentum of past successes, and have an incredibly exciting and robust pipeline of projects underway to further build the local economy.

Other achievements detailed in the annual report include the establishment of a new Retail Attraction Program to attract new retailers to Denver. Another success was the Business Investment Program, which helped 31 firms create 947 additional jobs and invest $35 million for business expansion.

Denver’s Transit Oriented Development Fund has been expanded into a metro-area wide program. The health and technology sectors in Denver received a boost in the form of support from the City for STRIDE, a digital healthcare technology ecosystem near the 38th and Blake Transit Oriented Development.

During the last year, OED also helped more than 28,000 individuals with job search assistance through the Denver Workforce Centers, and assisted 5,500 youth with training and employment plans. Staff recruitment assistance was provided to 3,653 employers.

Read the full Denver Office of Economic Development annual report (pdf).

Denver Economic Development Office Releases JumpStart 2015 Plan

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced that the City’s Office of Economic Development has released JumpStart 2015 as a plan to strengthen Denver’s economy in the year ahead, growing good jobs and creating opportunities for all Denver citizens to succeed.

Denver JumpStart 2015

Denver JumpStart 2015 (photo – denvergov.org)

Over the last four years, the Denver Office of Economic Development has been coming up with an annual JumpStart plan that lays out their proactive plans and goals for the whole year.

Last year’s JumpStart plan ended up helping create 3,311 jobs and retain another 4,083 jobs, and attract $139 million in capital investments.

In the report’s foreword, Mayor Hancock says that “With a basic mission to increase job opportunities, grow and attract new companies and prepare a skilled workforce for the 21st century, our annual JumpStart plans have delivered in full on a wide range of ambitious goals.”

Paul Washington, executive director of the Denver Office of Economic Development, adds that JumpStart is more than just a plan that ends up on the shelf. Washington says that JumpStart provides a clear guide of where Denver is investing its economic development resources – both financial and human capital.

The Denver OED has a staff of 255 employees spread across four major divisions, and together they administer close to $50 million in annual funding, most of which is federal funding.

New to JumpStart this year is a special focus on housing, which is identified as one of the seven strategic pillars of economic development. The others are business retention, small business advocacy, business recruitment, strategic lending, neighborhood development and workforce development.

The plan includes a two-year housing strategy supporting the long-term Housing Denver plan that was issued last year. This two-year Housing Denver Action Plan outlines immediate actions that will be taken to expand housing for residents of all income levels across the city.

For business retention, JumpStart 2015 includes a plan to create an economic advisory committee and develop a new three- to five-year Denver economic development strategy.

For small business advocacy, the plan includes, among other things, increased lending through a new small business loan fund, and the launch of a Business Innovation Center as a primary resource for entrepreneurial and small business assistance.

Other notable proposals in the plan include:-

– creation of a new manufacturing and innovation hub;

– A scalable pilot program to help Denver-based businesses get started with exports and access international markets; and

– A new STEM academy in West Denver;

Read the full Denver JumpStart 2015 plan.

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