05-04-17 CO-OEDIT: Economic Development Week May 8-13: Governor’s Message and Proclamation

CO-OEDIT: Economic Development Week: Governor’s Message and Proclamation

Colorado is excited to participate in the second annual National Economic Development Week, May 8 – 13, 2017.

We are partnering with the Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC) to celebrate and honor local economic developers who generate growth, create better jobs for residents, and facilitate an improved quality of life in Colorado. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for your communities by creating, retaining and expanding jobs.

National Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council with the goal of increasing awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) council is the largest professional membership organization for economic development.

Economic development is a process that is strengthened by the critical partnership between economic development professionals and local and state government leadership to promote a shared vision for developing resilient communities.

Economic developers across the State cultivate and nurture entrepreneurship that helps to secure the next generation of new businesses, working in partnership with industries, brokers, educators and other key allies to foster an effective business climate and meet the increasingly critical need for a skilled and competitive workforce.

That’s why Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed May 8 – 13, 2017, Economic Development Week in Colorado. Click here to watch a video from the Governor introducing Economic Development Week and download a copy of the Governor’s proclamation here.

All week, we will be highlighting Economic Development Week on our website and social media. Be sure to check out Facebook and Twitter daily to see how we are commemorating Economic Development Week and celebrating all the great work economic developers do in Colorado. Join the conversation and read economic success stories by using the hashtag #econdevweek or #edw2017.  Click hereto learn more about the IEDC, or download an Economic Development Toolkit here.

The State thanks Colorado’s economic development professionals for the tireless work they do to make Colorado vibrant.

WHEREAS, the International Economic Development Council is celebrating its 91st anniversary and has proclaimed May 8th to May 13th as National Economic Development Week; and

WHEREAS, economic development is a process that is strengthened by the critical partnership between economic development professionals and local government leadership to promote a shared vision for developing resilient communities; and

WHEREAS, economic developers cultivate and nurture entrepreneurship that helps to secure the next generation of new businesses, working in partnership with industries, brokers, educators and other key allies to foster an effective business climate and meet the increasingly critical need for a skilled and competitive workforce; and

WHEREAS, 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; and

WHEREAS, the Colorado Economic Development Council of Colorado works to strengthen Colorado’s economy by unifying organizations involved in economic development fostering the exchange of ideas, insight, and best practices for economic developers across the state; and

WHEREAS, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade is dedicated to working with the EDCC and local economic developers to create a vibrant Colorado; and

WHEREAS, Colorado will be celebrating economic developers within our state with official recognition of National Economic Development Week;

Therefore, I, John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim May 8th to May 13th Colorado Economic Development Week.