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Why Employers Love Colorado and DU Grads Opt to Stay

250px-Flag_of_Colorado.svgEvery year the annual DU Graduate Engagement Survey (reporting first jobs 6 months post-graduation) finds that 75% of our grads choose to stay and work on the Front Range.  Employers are jumping on the Colorado Cool bus, too.  Along with four seasons of sunshine, friendly people, a sophisticated urban culture, breath-taking mountains and wilderness areas at our backdoor, here are some other important reasons why:
  • The Ability to Recruit and Retain Technical and Scientific TalentOf Colorado’s adult population, nearly 38 percent has a bachelor’s or higher-level degree, making Colorado the second most highly educated state in the nation behind Massachusetts  (U.S. Census Bureau; 2013 American Community Survey).
  • Affordable Business Operating CostsColorado ranks No. 1 for labor supply and fifth overall on Forbes’ 2014 “Best States for Business and Careers” list. (Forbes, 2014).
  • Favorable Tax Policies and Pro-Business State and Local GovernmentsColorado’s corporate income tax rate of 4.63 percent is one of the lowest in the nation. (State of Colorado; The Tax Foundation).
  • A Culture of Innovation and EntrepreneurismThe first U.S. Patent and Trademark (USPTO) satellite office west of the Mississippi opened in Denver in June 2014. The USPTO chose Denver because the region has one of the highest per capita rates of people with science and technology degrees, has relatively low living costs, and is a prime location in which to recruit and retain the most talented workers.  (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.).
  • Proximity to Quality Colleges, Research Universities, and Federal LaboratoriesColorado is a national leader for producing scientific and engineering talent.  DU’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science is highlighted on that list.  Colorado also has one of the highest concentrations of federally funded science and research laboratories in the nation. (National Science Foundation, 2014; CO-LABS, 2014).
  • Efficient Access to an International AirportDenver International Airport is the fifth-busiest airport in the nation and is 15th busiest worldwide for passenger traffic.  (U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2014; Airport Council International; Denver International Airport, 2014).  It’s located in the center of the U.S. with easy access across the country with direct flights to world commerce centers.
  • Overall Better Quality of LifeThe Denver-Aurora-Broomfield MSA ranked No. 2 in the country for attracting college-educated workers from 2007-2012. Colorado was the third-fastest growing state in 2013. In addition, it is currently the fastest-growing city for millennials just ahead of Nashville TN, and Austin TX. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014; Toward a More Competitive Colorado, 2014).
Colorado jobs for University of Denver students

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