The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is dedicated to advancing economic prosperity for the City of Denver, its businesses, neighborhoods and residents. Our purposeful and intentional approach to economic development is designed to broaden the tax base, stimulate balanced growth, increase the availability and affordability of housing, revitalize neighborhoods, and develop a skilled workforce for our region’s employers. Working with a wide variety of community partners, we work to build and sustain an economic culture that reflects values of innovation and sustainability.
Working in concert with every agency in the City and County of Denver, we are intent upon delivering a world-class city where everyone matters.
From small business financing to regulatory assistance, employee recruitment, Enterprise Tax Zone Credit assistance and a myriad of other services, we serve as a resource to help businesses thrive. We also help promote small and disadvantaged businesses by providing access to contracting opportunities within Denver through a rigorous certification process.
We facilitate the development of viable urban neighborhoods by providing quality affordable housing, an enhanced living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents. We fund organizations that increase the number of units of affordable housing and provide technical assistance as well as funding for neighborhood revitalization.
Through our operation of Denver Workforce Services, our agency offers specialized employment and training services that meet the recruiting and training needs of businesses, jobseekers and youth throughout the metro area.
Our annual strategic plan is called JumpStart. View the current version here.
Eric Hiraga, Executive Director
Eric Hiraga is the Executive Director of the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED), a position he assumed upon his appointment by Mayor Michael B. Hancock in August 2017. OED advances economic prosperity and mobility for the businesses, neighborhoods and residents of Denver by working to broaden the tax base, stimulate the growth of companies across the spectrum from startups to the city’s largest employers, increase the availability and affordability of housing, and develop a skilled workforce for our region’s employers.
Under Hiraga’s leadership, OED is expanding its work to open more international trade, global business development and foreign direct investment opportunities by establishing a robust trade program for the city. OED also works in concert with the goals of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), the ambitious plans for the National Western Center, and the expansion of commercial and industrial opportunities amid emerging aerotropolis development projects around Denver international Airport (DEN).
Hiraga previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff for DEN, a $1 billion operation with 35,000 employees. To better attract international business ventures and open access to global markets for Denver’s local businesses – large and small – Hiraga maintains a Senior Advisor role to the airport.
Hiraga received a B.S. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His academic credentials also include a Peace and Friendship Fellowship from the Japanese Ministry of Education, and Hiraga studied foreign relations at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. He was also awarded the German Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a leadership development program for emerging leaders in the United States and Europe.
Amy Mueller Edinger, Chief Operating Officer
In her executive role overseeing day-to-day operations, Edinger strengthens OED’s capacity to achieve its strategic plan goals for business recruitment, retention, housing, neighborhoods, strategic lending and workforce development. Her experience includes serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to former Mayor John Hickenlooper as well as Deputy Manager for the Department of Public Works. More recently, she led government relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Other past positions include Policy Advisor for the City of Boulder as well as Legislative Director to former Governor Roy Romer. Edinger earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Colorado State University and her master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado-Denver.
Additional information about lead staff contacts available here.
OED's executive and primary offices are located in the Wellington Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax, Denver CO 80202. We are located on the 7th floor. From the elevators, walk west (left) to our reception desk. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The main phone line is 720-913-1999.
Denver Workforce Services, a division of OED, offers a range of locations for jobseekers and employers to access services:
Montbello - 4685 Peoria St., Suite 251 80239
Westside - 1200 Federal, 1st Floor 80204
DEN - Main Terminal, Fifth Floor 80249
Eastside - 3815 Steele St. 80205