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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

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The local governments in the Denver region have been advancing a shared aspirational vision of the future of the metro area since 1955.  Through those decades of collaboration, the region has developed a shared sense of identity, purpose and desired outcomes. Now the Denver region is adding a new and much-needed aspect for the future: its first regionwide economic development strategy.

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is a tool to promote regional cooperation on economic issues extending beyond jurisdictional boundaries. The strategy relies upon contributions from individual and regional economic development organizations, non-profits, educational institutions, and local, state and federal partners to create objectives and fulfill outcomes through different pathways and at different speeds for shared positive results.  

Implementing the region’s first Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is an opportunity for local governments to build broader, deeper, stronger, more inclusive coalitions across the region and to capture new funding opportunities at the same time.

The strategy ensures current and future economic development efforts at the community and regional levels will continue to succeed by addressing the specific challenges and unrealized opportunities that have been identified through the process employed to develop it.