In February 2011, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Kristin Russell to serve as the Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer for the State of Colorado. This appointment reinstated the Secretary of Technology as a post in the administration. One of the overarching goals of this position is to lead IT economic development for the state. This entails promoting Colorado as a headquarters location for technology companies, attracting technology companies to relocate and/or expand here, and fostering relationships with technology companies already in Colorado to strengthen their commitment to our state.
In these efforts, OIT collaborates and works closely with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) on its execution of the state's strategic economic development plan - the Colorado Blueprint. The technology industry was selected as a key industry because of its current footprint in Colorado, its role as a primary driver of job creation and its powerful potential for future economic growth