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Colorado business climate, manufacturer incentives, and advantages of CO communities

Relocate or Expand to Colorado - U.S. Industrial Expansion & Relocation Guide for Manufacturing Companies - Learn more about the Colorado business climate, manufacturer incentives, and advantages of CO communities. Helping decision makers at U.S. manufacturing establishments find new locations to relocate or expand.
Colorado Business Data*


Population: 5,025,748
Total Labor Force: 2,754,600
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Number of Manufacturers: 5,923
Manufacturing Jobs: 183,017
Right to Work: No
Unemp. Ins. Tax: 1.05.4%
Corporate Income Tax:

Sales Tax:

Property Tax:
Assessed at 29% for commercial properties.

Leading Manufacturing Industries:
(by % of total manufacturing employment)
15% Food and kindred products
13% Electronic and other electric equipment
12% Industrial machinery and equipment
9% Instruments and related products
9% Printing and publishing

Largest Manufacturing Establishments:
(by number of employees)
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (Littleton) - 7,000
DISH Network, LLC (Englewood) - 4,000
JBS USA (Greeley) - 3,200
MillerCoors, LLC (Golden) - 2,500
Raytheon Co., Intelligence & Information Systems Div. (Aurora) - 2,400
Counties with the Most Manufacturing Jobs:
Denver - 52,058
Arapahoe - 45,788
Boulder - 24,391
El Paso - 20,625
Weld - 15,419

Cities with the Most Manufacturing Jobs:
Denver - 51,760
Colorado Springs - 19,589
Englewood - 18,408
Boulder - 12,499
Broomfield - 10,210

Manufacturing Related Business Incentives:
Investment Tax Credit (for businesses located in an Enterprise Zone {EZ})
New Business Facility Tax Credit (EZ)
New Business Facility Tax Credit for Agricultural Processing (EZ)
Research & Development Tax Credit (EZ)
Rehabilitation of Vacant Commercial Buildings Tax Credit (EZ)
State Sales & Use Tax Exemption for Manufacturing and Mining Equipment (EZ)
Refund of sales tax on purchases of equipment, machinery, machine tools, or supplies for use in an EZ
Enterprise Zones
Manufacturing Revenue Bond Program
Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
Certified Capital Companies (CAPCO) Program
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) financial assistance
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) loan programs
Job Creation Performance Incentive Fund
Strategic Fund Program
Colorado Innovation Investment Tax Credit (CIITC)
Bioscience Discovery Evaluation Grant Program
Colorado Export Development Grant
Colorado Export of Innovation and Sustainable Technologies (CO-Exist)
Infrastructure Assistance/Grants

Looking to reach Colorado manufacturers? Access the Colorado Manufacturers Database compiled by MNI.

*Manufacturing stats updated on 3/18/2014. All other stats updated on 3/18/2014. Listings updated on 4/24/2014.

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