The Colorado Government Association of IT directors started in the 1980s by a few organizations in the Denver area who found value in discussing technology issues. Over the years, more organizations started coming to meetings. Finally, the group decided to formalize by creating bylaws and voting for officers. As of 2007, the organization is over 50 members strong and come from all corners of the state. In fact the biggest growth in 2006 came from Western slope organizations. CGAIT has grown into a nationally recognized organization and many Colorado agencies find value in communicating with this central group on new technology initiatives.