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Report: Colorado not expanding economic competitiveness

Aldo Svaldi
The Denver Post

Colorado is falling behind surrounding states when it comes to winning new jobs and increasing incomes, a report from the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. released on Tuesday warns.

“Our findings show that Colorado is not expanding its competitiveness,” the group notes in its report “Toward a More Competitive Colorado.”

The report, the fifth since 2005, said the state is at the end of investments it made starting in the late 1980s and through the boom years and must avoid complacency.

Colorado remains a top performer in many areas, with a population that is healthier and generally better educated than that of other states.

The state ranks first for the “leanness” of its population and first for the ACT/SAT scores its high school graduates achieve.

It ranks second among states for the percentage of the population over age 25 with a bachelor’s degree, third for per capita venture capital investments and third for its concentration of technology workers.

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