EDCC & OEDIT Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

Economic Development Council of Colorado & Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from
the International Economic Development Council


WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 19, 2017) The Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) and Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) won a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its “How Colorado Came Together to Market Economic Development” campaign, a project in the category of Innovation in Economic Development Week (EDW) of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 17 – 20, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to the Economic Development Council of Colorado and Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also, their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark.”  – Michael Langley, FM, CEO of GREATER MSP, Minneapolis–St. Paul, MN, and 2017 IEDC Board Chair

The mission for both OEDIT and EDCC is to increase awareness and economic prosperity for Colorado. The two teamed up this year to promote EDW. OEDIT created an Economic Development Toolkit that was specific to Colorado to help economic development organizations with their campaign promotions.
Campaign elements also included a press release from Colorado’s Governor pronouncing Economic Development Week in both a video and Proclamation, a blog from the director of OEDIT on LinkedIn, and a social media campaign populated by economic development organizations from around the state.
The goal of this promotion was to market and educate the importance of economic development organizations across the state. This opportunity brought together the economic development community, gave them a platform to share their economic development success stories and best practices, and to elevate their work within their communities.

“The awards process is a thorough, non-biased and multi-layered process. These are extraordinary accomplishments for all winners, and an overall great effort by all participants. We look forward to next year’s awards competition,” Langley said.


About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. Among many activities which benefit the economy, IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs and develop vibrant communities. www.iedcONLINE.org.

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon | Oct. 5-9 and 12-15

Please come to the upcoming Solar Decathlon 2017!  The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, energy-efficient, solar-powered, sustainable houses. The winner most successfully blends design excellence, smart energy strategies, innovation, and market potential. Free to visitors, October 5 – 9 and 12 – 15, 2017, at the 61st & Peña commuter rail station near Denver, Colorado’s International Airport, the event features a sustainability expo and professional, consumer, and middle school education events.  Visit and/or volunteer at Solar Decathlon 2017!

Since the first Solar Decathlon was held in Washington, D.C., in 2002, the competition has expanded to Africa, China, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East to involve more than 200 teams and 35,000 collegiate participants worldwide.

Solar Decathlon provides unique hands-on experience and training that prepares competing students to enter the clean energy workforce. The competition creates awareness about more efficient technologies for homes and buildings for the visiting public. And, technologies and solutions used in Solar Decathlon houses have advanced the residential building industry both in the United States and abroad.

The 10 contests for Solar Decathlon 2017 are:

  • Architecture
  • Market Potential
  • Engineering
  • Communications
  • Innovation
  • Water
  • Health and Comfort
  • Appliances
  • Home Life
  • Energy.

For more information: www.solardecathlon.gov for general information and https://www.solardecathlon.gov/2017/visit.html for information about visiting.  Follow Solar Decathlon on Facebook: @DOESolarDecathlon, Twitter: @Solar_Decathlon, and YouTube: DOE Solar Decathlon

University of Denver’s Project X-ITE and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade launch ‘Colorado Solutions Summit’

Colorado Startups to Participate in Bootcamp to Accelerate their Companies with Emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goals

The Colorado Solutions Summit (COSS) is a 3-day bootcamp designed to support Colorado-based startups through curated mentoring teams and workshops. Hosted in partnership with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Project X-ITE at the University of Denver created the COSS as a way to support Colorado-based companies that are working to fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Colorado Solutions Summit will kick off on October 26 at a reception at the University of Denver, featuring Megan Smith, the former US Chief Technology Officer under President Obama. In 2015, Ms. Smith, in partnership with the UN Foundation and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Services launched the UN Solutions Summit to highlight global entrepreneurs working on the SDGs.

“We are thrilled to host the Colorado Solutions Summit because we understand the power of collaboration and new perspectives,” says Nina Sharma, Co-Director of Project X-ITE at the University of Denver. “Creating a space where entrepreneurs can innovate and brainstorm with a diverse group of thinkers and doers is paramount to their ability to succeed and scale.”

The COSS was modeled after Flight to Denver, a Project X-ITE bootcamp that drew from the original Solutions Summit to support global entrepreneurs. The COSS will leverage Colorado’s collaborative spirit to support burgeoning entrepreneurs and their startups. The COSS will help accelerate companies attracting mentors from the state’s innovation ecosystem who are willing to roll up their sleeves, share their experiences, and help entrepreneurs from across the state tackle their biggest business challenges.

“We are excited to partner with Project X-ITE to support entrepreneurs through this unique bootcamp,” says Anna Ewing, COO of OEDIT. “We have talented entrepreneurs who hail from all corners of Colorado, and this summit gives them the opportunity to meet, collaborate, and help each other solve problems in ways they couldn’t on their own.”

The Colorado Solutions Summit will kick off on Thursday, October 26. Full-day working sessions will take place on October 27 and 28. A final pitch event will take place on October 29. For more information, please visit www.coloradosolutionssummit.org.

September 6: Deadline for Entrepreneur Applications
September 22: Entrepreneurs Selected
October 13: Deadline for Team Member Applications
October 26-29: Colorado Solutions Summit

CO-LABS Announces Winners of 2017 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research

Ninth Annual Event Honors Colorado’s Top Scientists and Engineers for Projects Having a Significant Impact on Society

CO-LABS has announced the four winners of the 2016 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research. Now in its 9th year, the event gathers scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials to celebrate the exceptional and groundbreaking work of scientists and engineers from Colorado’s federally-funded research labs and institutions.

​“The projects in this year’s CO-LABS High-Impact Awards spotlight what makes Colorado a leader in innovation It’s terrific to see research advance its partnerships with the private sector. The range of crucial and profound discoveries coming from these labs are a national asset,” said Governor John Hickenlooper.  “I congratulate the scientific teams for their groundbreaking work and am excited to see the mark they will leave on our state and society as a whole.”

The winners will be formally recognized and celebrated Thursday, October 5, 2016 from 5:30pm-9:00pm at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard in Denver, Colorado. See more details on each project and REGISTER today.

2017 WINNERS: 

  • JILA and Dr. Tom Perkins’ New twists in the molecules of life
  • NIST  – Seeing More with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • NOAA/CU-Boulder/UCAR –  GPS Reflections: Innovative Techniques
  • CIRA – GOES-16 the New Generation of Geostationary Weather Satellite

Also for 2017 there are three Honorable Mentions:

  • USDA ARS – Sugar Beet research with High Impact in Colorado, the USA and the World
  • CIRES – Snow Research Improves Avalanche Safety, Water Resource Management
  • NOAA ESRL– Science on a Sphere and SOS Explorer visualization systems

See the full research and project details for each at www.co-labs.org.

“We are thrilled and truly honored to be recognized with the Governor’s Award for High Impact Research.  The vision of Drs. Keller, Geiss and Rice, to envision new and innovative ways to use a scanning electron microscope, coupled with their hard work at developing and validating the techniques, led to this impactful achievement, which has already resulted in broad scientific accomplishment and commercial success, said Dr. Jim Feteke, Chief of the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). “Thanks so much to the CO-LABS Board of Directors and the Award Selection Committee for selecting our scientists for this prestigious honor.”

“Colorado has one of the highest per capita concentrations of federal science, research and engineering facilities in the nation, with renowned scientists whose research has global impact in a range of fields including agriculture, climate and weather, earth science, materials science, natural resource management, renewable energy, space physics and telecommunications,” said CO-LABS Executive Director Dan Powers. “This prestigious event provides a unique opportunity to connect with leading scientists, lab directors, business leaders and policymakers in an informal and celebratory setting, as we highlight the labs’ role in innovation and their significant contribution to the state economy.”

Started in 2009 by then-Governor Bill Ritter, this recognition effort starts with CO-LABS convening a special committee of academic researchers, technology transfer experts and science and engineering professionals to review nominations from the more than 30 federally-funded labs and research institutes in Colorado. Through a thoughtful and thorough process this group selects projects that have had a significant global, national or state impact resulting from a scientific breakthrough, change in public policy or development of a new technology.