Higher Education Partners

A Collaboration to Foster a Growing Economy

In Colorado we’re all about identifying our resources of innovation and talent. These funding and tax credit programs are designed to connect higher education partners with businesses in the private sector to promote economic growth within these systems.

Colorado FIRST: A customized job training program that focuses on companies relocating to or expanding in Colorado and provides funds only to net new hires. Learn more.

Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit-Higher Education Partnership: A program for businesses partnering with State Higher Institutions (HEI) to support job growth, academic development and economic expansion. Learn more.

Rural Jump Start: A program for eligible new businesses and new hires that relocate to Jump-Start Zones. Learn more.

Advanced Industries Proof of Concept Grant: This grant uses funding to identify and pull technologies from research institutions where they were discovered and connect them to the private sector where they can be developed into products for commercialization. Learn more.

State Trade Expansion Program: A financial assistance program for aspiring and current Colorado exporters entering into a new international market. This program supports small and medium-sized business through grant funds to offset international business development and marketing costs. Learn more.




Ken Jensen Deputy Director, EDC Operations (303) 892-3743 ken.jensen@state.co.us
Mark Skinner CDBG-DR Program Manager mark.skinner@state.co.us