DENVER — Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation will lead an economic development trip to California on Thursday and Friday (Dec. 1-2) to help grow and retain Colorado businesses.
The goals of the trip are to strengthen existing business relationships, increase companies’ commitment to Colorado and encourage business executives to look at Colorado when there are opportunities for growth and expansion. The delegation from Colorado will meet with venture capitalists and business, academic and community members to discuss job creation, innovation and economic development.
“There are companies in California that have a strong presence in Colorado and we want to grow these relationships,” Hickenlooper said. “Additionally, we’re looking at how to connect California’s innovation technologies and venture capital with Colorado. We all know that Colorado is a great place to work, live and play and this trip will help us to spread the word and grow our state’s economy.”
Colorado and California have a unique relationship, sharing companies, innovation, venture capital and customers. Both states have similar growth industry clusters, including aerospace, bioscience, energy and high-tech. A strong Colorado economy depends upon a successful economy in California.
“To successfully build our economy and grow jobs throughout Colorado, we must constantly demonstrate the value of investing in this great state and region,” Hancock said. “The Metro Denver area has become a leader in technology and innovation and will continue to work hard to build local, national and international partnerships, developing confidence in our bourgeoning sectors.”
Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, and a limited number of senior staff from the Governor’s Office and Denver Mayor’s Office will join the governor and mayor on the trip.