Metro Denver Incentives

Colorado state and local governments provide incentives that focus on providing your company with opportunities for success in a business-friendly environment.

Enterprise Zones

The Colorado Enterprise Zone (EZ) program provides incentives for new businesses to locate or expand in economically distressed areas in Colorado as designated by the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC). There are 14 Enterprise Zones in Colorado.

Businesses located in a zone can qualify for the following Enterprise Zone tax credits and incentives to encourage job creation and investment in Colorado.

Business Income Tax Credits:

  • Investment Tax Credit - 3 percent of equipment purchases
  • Commercial Vehicle Investment Tax Credit (CVITC) - 1.5 percent of commercial vehicle purchases 
  • Job Training Tax Credit - 12 percent of qualified training expenses
  • New Business Facility (NBF) Tax Credits - NBF status required for these 3 credits
    • Jobs Credit - $1,100 per new job
    • Agriculture Processor New Employee Credit Jobs - $500 total per new job
  • Employer Sponsored Health Insurance Credit - $1,000 per covered employee
  • R&D Increase Tax Credit - 3 percent of increased R&D expenditures
  • Vacant Building Rehabilitation Tax Credit - 25 percent of rehabilitation expenditures

Additional Enterprise Zone Incentives:

  • Manufacturing/Mining Sales and Use Tax Exemption - Expanded sales and use tax exemption in EZ
  • Contributions to Enterprise Zone Projects - 25 percent cash/12.5 percent in-kind donation
  • Local Incentives - Increased incentives in some EZ areas

See the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade website for downloadable forms and additional details.

Enterprise Zone Administrators on the local level certify whether businesses are located within an Enterprise Zone. Businesses can be certified or pre-certified online.