An Economy That Works for All

Though our state’s economic success is the envy of much of the nation, not everybody in Colorado has found a path to the opportunities we work so hard to create. And we want to understand why.

Prosper Colorado aims to do just that. It is a nonpartisan research and communications project that will convene the public, private and nonprofit sectors to identify the barriers preventing Coloradans in this region from more fully accessing this economy. And even more importantly, it’s an effort that will help us pinpoint key strategies to ensure all Coloradans benefit from our economic success.

Interested in getting involved or have questions? Contact Lorena Zimmer at lorena.zimmer@denverchamber.org for more details.

Why We Are Doing This Work?

Our economy has more capacity to create the kind of jobs that build wealth for everyone. Despite Colorado’s strides in creating a business environment that supports Coloradans across the economic spectrum, there is still more work to be done to increase opportunity for more people in our community. Creating that opportunity will result in a more sustainable economy and deeper bench of diverse talent.

Who Is Involved?

The Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation (Leadership Foundation), the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC), have convened a diverse group of stakeholders – from different sectors, different geographic locations, different industries, different perspectives – to identify the gaps in opportunity and develop a full range of solutions to close those gaps. With the help of experts from across the business ecosystem – higher education to corporate partners, the nonprofit to the public sector – along with research analysts from the Brookings Institute, our inclusive approach will guarantee that Colorado’s range of voices and viewpoints are represented, that our strategies are sound.

What Comes Next?

After the research is complete, the Leadership Foundation, Chamber and Metro Denver EDC will then work with the Brookings Institute to analyze the data and develop an evidence-based approach to economic inclusion that includes priority strategies for enhancing opportunity in our region.

Let’s Get Started!

Convening and research began in the spring of 2019, and will extend into the winter of 2019 – 2020 when the initial report is released. Following the release of the report, we will work together on the implementation of various solutions, which could include long and short-term approaches.