Release of the 2019 Talent Pipeline Report

Dec. 19, 2019 - On Dec. 10, 2019, the Colorado Workforce Development Council released the annual Colorado Talent Pipeline Report at an event hosted in partnership with MSU Denver. The report analyzes issues related to the supply of and demand for talent in Colorado and recommends strategies to support economic prosperity in every corner of the state.

The event featured remarks from Governor Jared Polis, an overview of the report from the lead author, Jean Dougherty, and reflections on the report from state agency leadership including Joe Barela - Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Dr. Angie Paccione - Colorado Department of Higher Education, and Dr. Katy Anthes - Colorado Department of Education. The event concluded with an example of how strategies are being put into action with a demonstration of the new My Colorado Journey platform.

The 2019 Talent Pipeline Report identifies the areas of growing demand and opportunity, key features of the current labor force, and strategies to balance the supply and demand equation for talent. It also highlights the Top Jobs in Colorado -- jobs with high annual openings, above average growth, and a good wage. Sixty-four percent of Top Jobs require a credential beyond high school. 

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CDHE Executive Director Dr. Angie Paccione speaks at the 2019 Talent Pipeline Report launch.

The conclusion of the report provides policy recommendations based on a deep dive into the data and on past work of partners from across the Colorado talent development network. Recommendations include:

  • Enhance access to opportunities for quality, lifelong education connected to the future of work.
  • Foster an economy that works for everyone.
  • Focus resources on enhancing strategies that have already demonstrated results and effectiveness.

The data and recommendations provided in previous Talent Pipeline Reports have led to the Colorado State Legislature passing more than 50 bills to support talent development.

The Colorado Workforce Development Council produces the Talent Pipeline Report in partnership with the Colorado Departments of Higher Education, Education, Labor and Employment, and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, with support from the Department of Human Services, Regulatory Agencies, the Office of State Planning and Budgeting, and the State Demography Office at the Department of Local Affairs, along with other partners.

Read the release from Governor Polis’ Office.

For the complete 2019 Talent Pipeline Report, please visit: