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Denver Workforce Services is strategically focused on the key business sectors where our efforts are most needed to close the skills gap--that is, a deficit in the education and talent of our local workforce that is a frustrating barrier for area employers. Our focus includes health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, construction, and retail/hospitality.

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Although Denver's workforce of approximately 325,000 adults is rated the second most highly educated in the country, employers tell us that the dearth of ready talent will detract from our ongoing economic growth. In particular, Denver's health care and manufacturing industries need individuals with math and critical thinking. We also know that the growth occurring in Denver's built environment and infrastructure--including the expansion of I-70 through Denver and the exciting plans for our National Western Center Complex--is increasing the pressure for talent to fill a wide range of skilled and semi-skilled contruction-related positions.

Our approach is designed to provide jobseekers with resources to improve their reading, writing, and math skills; achieve their high school diploma or equivalent; and obtain training and/or certification in order to meet hiring needs for both entry-level and middle-skill jobs.

FAST FACTS: Here is a one-page overview of our advanced manufacturing industry in the City and County of Denver.

Industry Associations

Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA)
CAMA is a manufacturing alliance for manufacturers led by manufacturers and stakeholders in support of this key industry network in Colorado.  CAMA will focus on innovation to develop and expand niche, high value-add capabilities while encouraging B2B relationships between Colorado companies, and growth of existing manufacturers.

Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology (CAMT)
CAMT is a statewide manufacturing assistance center dedicated to increasing the competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers.  CAMT provides expertise in results-driven methodologies, best practices, and innovative technologies designed to increase profitability.  As a public/private partnership, they bring together government, not-for-profit and industry resources to offer the comprehensive programs and services that manufacturing employers and their workers need. 

Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI)
CACI is the Colorado affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).  CACI fosters the growth and success of Colorado manufacturing companies by attracting and engaging manufacturing companies and their leaders.

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
The National Association of Manufacturers  is the preeminent US manufacturers association as well as the nation’s largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs nearly 12 million workers, contributes more than $1.6 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, and is the largest driver of economic growth in the nation and accounts for the lion’s share of private sector research and development.

Rocky Mountain Tooling and Machining Association (RMTMA)
RMTMA is the Colorado chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), the national association of the custom precision manufacturing industry in the United States.  Member companies design and manufacture special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, gauges, special machines, and precision machined parts. Some firms specialize in experimental research and development work.

Denver Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council (DAMAC)
In response to its JumpStart Strategic Goals, OED is focusing on industry’s needs and challenges in advanced manufacturing.  The Council was formally launched in April 2013; through a collaborative effort, members are moving quickly on three core initiatives of an outreach campaign, curriculum development, and a Youth Academy.

 

FAST FACTS: Here is a one-page overview of our information technology industry in the City and County of Denver.

Industry Associations

Association of IT Professionals- Mile High Chapter
The Mile High AITP Chapter is affiliated with an international organization, the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), which has chapters across the United States and Canada.  AITP is a broad-based IT professional group that welcomes anyone with an interest in computer-based technology and its impact upon our communities and society.

Colorado Technology Association (CTA)
CTA represents Colorado’s technology industry, one of the fastest growing segments of Colorado’s economy. It is focused on advancing the industry to be a globally competitive nucleus for innovation, technology and economic growth.

Telecommunications Association of Colorado
Telecommunications Association of Colorado (TAC) is composed of a group of diversified, highly skilled IT professionals. 

Community Technology Professionals
Communication Technology Professionals is a non-profit communications technology organization that focuses on promoting growth, innovation and leadership of communications companies and individuals in Colorado. 

Coolest Women We Know
This is a women's professional technology association based in Denver.  

Boulder and Denver Software Club
Provides a community where software business professionals can learn new skills, stay on top of industry trends and become more valuable professionals.

Front Range Consortium for Research Computing 
The FRCRC is a group of universities and government labs located along the Front Range. It is a partnership that enables the partner institutions to collaborate in order to promote HPC (High Performance Computing) and share ideas for further collaboration. All member institutions rely on high performance computing to meet their own strategic goals.

National Center for Women & Information Technology
NCWIT works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation, and increased business performance. Increasing the number of women in technology and computing also has the potential to improve the design of products and services to better serve a more diverse population, and increase economic and social well-being by providing more women with stable and lucrative careers.

New Tech Colorado
New Tech is a community of 9,000 geeks who live and work in Colorado. We're the largest community-run group in the state and we host monthly events in Boulder, Denver and Fort Collins.

Rocky Mountain Information Management Association
RMIMA focuses on vital topics for emerging information technology leaders.

Society for Information Management
SIM is a community of thought leaders and IT execs around the globe who share experiences and rich intellectual capital as they explore future IT direction.

Society for Technical Communication - Rocky Mountain Chapter
The STC RMC is a professional society for all technical communicators.

Colorado Technology Education Association
The Colorado Technology Education Association is the professional association for Technology Education, Industrial Arts, and Pre-Engineering Teachers in Colorado.

Colorado Technology Student Association
The Technology Student Association is a non-profit national student organization devoted to teaching technology education to young people. TSA's mission is to inspire its student members to prepare for careers in a technology-driven economy and culture.

National Technology Student Association 
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in technology. Open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 180,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states.

Other Resources

CTEK
CTEK is a Colorado-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been a core part of establishing and developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the Rocky Mountain region.  Their mission is to provide and connect entrepreneurs with the resources, information, and expertise needed to be successful in the crucial start-up and early stages of business growth.

Founders Institute
The Founders Institute is one of the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch programs. Without being required to quit your day job, you can “learn by doing” in the program and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors.

TechStars
Techstars provides seed funding from over 75 top venture capital firms and angel investors who are vested in the success of your startup, as well as intense mentorship from hundreds of the best entrepreneurs in the world. 

TiE Rockies
TiE Rockies is a chapter of TiE Global. They are one of 64 chapters in 18 countries with over 13,000 members. Their mission and purpose is "To Support the Entrepreneur" via their award-winning mentoring program, education, and networking. 

Rockies Venture Club
Rockies Venture Club's mission is to advance economic development in the region by actively connecting investors with the most promising entrepreneurial companies, by offering education for both angel investors and entrepreneurs, by hosting angel groups throughout the region, and by hosting conferences such as the Angel Capital Summit and Colorado Capital Conference.

State of Colorado Office of Information Technology
The Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is responsible for the operation and delivery of information and communications technology (ICT) services and innovation across all Executive Branch agencies in the State of Colorado. Our mission is to increase the effectiveness of government through the use of shared information and technology.

FAST FACTS: Here is a one-page overview of our healthcare industry in the City and County of Denver.

 

Through our network of public and private partners, along with our professional team of OED economists, we can provide businesses with valuable research on labor availability, wage and benefits information, regulatory assistance, cost of living statistics, and Colorado occupational projections. By tapping into our resources for research, a business can save literally thousands of dollars.

Below are a number of links to provide labor market facts and figures:

DATA PROVIDERS    (Not specific to a particular industry)

You may find the following useful if additional research is needed.

Public sector resources:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS strives to serve its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

U.S. Census Bureau
The mission of the Census Bureau is to serve as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and the economy. They collect data through the Population & Housing Census, the Economic Census, the Census of Governments, the American Community Survey, and many others, both demographic and economic.

Colorado LMI Gateway
Colorado’s Labor Market Information (LMI) Gateway is a powerful career assessment and labor market information system. It was specifically designed for job seekers, students, case managers, training providers, workforce professionals, and others seeking easily accessible career and labor market information. The system provides fast access to a complete set of labor market research tools in one web site. It was designed to be a comfortable system for everyone, even the person who has little computer experience.

FRED (Federal Reserve Database)
The Federal Reserve Economic Data website allows users to download, graph, and track 149,000 US and international time series from 59 sources.