At the close of 2018, the number of job openings in the U.S. reached a series high of 7.3 million according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). This includes approximately 428,000 manufacturing jobs and 382,000 construction jobs nationwide. The good news is that there are jobs available to qualified workers. The bad news? There aren’t enough qualified workers to fill them. According to the BLS, the college enrollment rate of recent high

The four-year graduation rate of Colorado high-schoolers is 80.7%, with student drop-out rates at an all-time low and an increasing number of minority students graduating within four years, according to the Colorado Department of Education’s class of 2018 data. Although that’s great news, it still leaves just shy of 20% of young people with no diploma.  And while it’s no surprise that young people who do not graduate high school are less likely

Colorado’s population boom started long before “Colorado Native” bumper stickers came to be. The first major gold discovery in Colorado was in 1858, and shortly after officially becoming a state in 1876, Colorado’s population had increased fivefold with newcomers flocking to start farms and find jobs in budding manufacturing and industrial sectors. As a result of the financial activity created by the flurry of new business and commerce, Coloradans found that they needed the


Healthcare is a major employment driver in the Denver metro area, increasing every year since 2017. According to the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, this is in part because of the ability to “recruit and retain a healthy, skilled, productive workforce.” And, the workforce in Denver is definitely healthy.  Colorado is the eighth healthiest state, according to the United Health Foundation, with ambitions to be the first.  Not only is Denver an ideal

Colorado is the seventh largest state for total energy production in the U.S., with crude oil production quadrupling since 2010. As the fifth largest producer of crude oil and the sixth largest producer of natural gas nationwide, Colorado has a wealth of fossil fuels. But, unlike other major fossil fuel producers, it also has a bright future in renewables. In July of 2018, then governor-elect Jared Polis promised that the state’s electricity will

It is hard to say goodbye to a person who has had such an enormous impact on an organization, community and region, but that is what over a hundred people did last night with Mike Fitzgerald.  The outgoing President and CEO of Denver South Economic Development Partnership was heralded with speeches from Buz Koelbel, Peter Culshaw, Lynn Myers, Mayor Stephanie Piko and Commissioner Nancy Sharpe.  Held at the Dome of AMG National Trust

There is good news for America’s veterans. According to the Wounded Warrior Project, unemployment is declining. The national unemployment rate for veterans dropped to 3.7%in January 2019, according to the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. That’s lower than the national non-veteran unemployment rate of 4.3%. The unemployment rate for Colorado veterans sits at 4.2%, meaning that there is still some work to do. That said, there is an

Headshot of Tom Brook

He may be new to the head office, but incoming Denver South CEO Tom Brook is already well-known to the community.

He’s lived in the Denver metro area since the 1980s, working with a number of the most important and fastest-growing companies in the state, and has been Denver South’s CFO since last year. As of April 1, 2019, he will take over for the retiring Mike Fitzgerald, stepping in as CEO to continue and


Colorado is “a mile closer to space,” and that mile seems to be making a difference. With the second-largest aerospace economy in the country, we are home to 180 aerospace companies. Additionally there are more than 500 companies and suppliers that provide products and services to support the industry, bringing direct and indirect employment supporting the aerospace industry to 190,880 workers. How did Colorado become such a key player in the space


This February brings about the Lunar Year of the Pig and also marks the 1-month countdown to the deadline for US-China trade negotiations. While the Trump administration has been very vocal about targets to balance the top-line terms of trade, there is also a strong push for market liberalization that is incumbent upon signing “the best deal.” Against this backdrop, the Asia Policy Institute has issued a timely review of China’s march towards market reform.