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The Centennial State continues to demonstrate consistent growth in GDP, employment, retail sales and other economic factors. Since 2021, Colorado has outpaced national in several industries, including bioscience, aerospace, advanced manufacturing and transportation and logistics. Several companies, including Microchip Technology, Canopy Aerospace, United Airlines and True Anomaly, have announced investments here in the past year.
“We are the proud home of the innovative, robust aerospace industry and continue taking bold action to make sure Colorado remains the best place to live, work and do business.”
Jared Polis


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Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit: Offers a state income tax credit equal to 50% of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) paid by the business on the net new job growth for each calendar year in the credit period.

Strategic Fund Job Growth Incentive: Offers a cash payment to companies that create and maintain new permanent jobs in Colorado for one year.

Skill Advance Colorado Job Training Grant: A customized job training program that focuses on companies relocating to or expanding in Colorado and provides funds to net new hires.

Advanced Industries Accelerator Program: Supports job creation and innovation for businesses creating advanced technologies and operating in one of Colorado’s seven advanced industries.

Rural Jump-Start Tax Credit: Helps new businesses start in or move into rural, economically distressed areas and hire new employees.


Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Economic Development Council of Colorado

Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation


The Employee Ownership Tax Credit offers Colorado-headquartered businesses and their employees an incentive to establish employee stock ownership plans, worker-owned cooperatives and employee ownership trusts. It covers up to 50% of a qualified business’ conversion costs for use on its state income taxes.


  • Data analytics company HNA Live announced in December 2022 that it had selected Denver as its new headquarters.
  • Microchip Technology announced in February 2023 a$880 million expansion and 400 new jobs at its Colorado Springs facility.
  • Space security company True Anomaly announced in April 2023 it will expand operations in the state and open an office in Centennial.
  • Startup manufacturer Canopy Aerospace selected Littleton as its headquarters in April 2023.
  • United Airlines announced in August 2023 the expansion of its Flight Training Center and 240 new jobs in Denver.
  • Aerospace engineering company Boecore announced in August 2023 an expansion and 620 new jobs in Colorado Springs.


10 Fortune 500 headquarters, including:

  • Arrow Electronics
  • DISH Network
  • Qurate Retail
  • Ball
  • Newmont
  • DaVita
  • Liberty Media
  • DCP Midstream
  • Ve Corp

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.