By the year 2020, 74 percent of Colorado jobs will require post-secondary training, certificate courses, or other degrees. For Colorado to compete globally, we must either attract these skilled workers or train them ourselves.
A pertinent quote from Sam Hunter, former head of corporate real estate for GTE Corporation: “We don’t look at where you are as a community; we look at where you’re going.” If there is one thing we have learned in Metro Denver it is this: Building world-class infrastructure during recessions generates jobs during and after recessions.
Metro Denver EDC and Denver International Airport (DIA) have been pursuing nonstop flights to European destinations since 1987. It wasn’t that we “loved” flying to London, Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam, and Stockholm—meeting with airlines in their home offices, attending their global conferences, and endeavoring to become friends with the people who determine where the “asset” is placed.
On August 26-27, Colorado will open its doors to Rocky Mountain inventors, venture funders, startups, and tech entrepreneurs.
When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced Metro Denver’s selection as one of six satellite expansion offices, Senator Michael Bennet called me at home to offer his congratulations.