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Colorado is one of the nation’s most innovative states

As we look back on 2013, it has been fun for us to see how cities in Colorado have ranked highly for supporting entrepreneurstech startups, and the state’s energetic workforce.

But before we close out the year, we had to add one more ranking to the mix to showcase that it’s more than just our entrepreneurial spirit that makes us the place to be if you want to be part of a culture that supports the nation’s innovators.

To uncover the nation’s most innovative states, we decided to look at the innovation data reported in our Toward a More Competitive Colorado report, which details how states rank in terms of entrepreneurial activity, new businesses, venture capital investments, R&D spending, patents granted per capita, and high-tech employment per capita. As a simple way to measure innovation, this analysis assumes that these among the primary measures of innovation and that all measures are given equal weight.

For those of you who have been following recent announcements, it should come as no surprise that Colorado ranks number two, right behind California in terms of innovation.

Colorado’s highly educated workforce, broad concentration of high-tech workers, and strong research universities continue to attract established companies and support new business creation.

Here’s how Colorado stacks up in terms of innovation across the nation.

  1. California
  2. Colorado
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Maryland
  5. Washington
  6. Connecticut
  7. Utah
  8. New York
  9. New Hampshire
  10. New Jersey

With energetic minds constantly on the go in Colorado, we are proud to be one of the most innovative states that is pushing the nation’s business community forward. 


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About Tom Clark

Tom has over 30 years of economic development experience at the state, regional, and local levels, spanning from Illinois to Colorado. He is known both for his quips and his candor. Often quoted in the local and national press on Metro Denver’s economy, his iPhone is his most valued possession next to his Les Paul guitar. He is also famous for writing parody songs, maintaining an orderly office, and funding the office swear jar. Tom says that if wasn’t an economic developer, his dream would be to work in a chocolate factory.

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About The Cone of Silence

Invented by Professor Cone from TV’s "Get Smart," the Cone of Silence was designed to protect the most secret of conversations by enshrouding its users within a transparent sound-proof shield. Unfortunately, from experience, we have also learned that it never works properly. This blog offers those outside our “Cone of Silence” a unique look at economic development in the region.

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