Friday, March 27, 2009

No Accident

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Even in dark economic times, Colorado is attracting new jobs to lead us forward -- toward the sustainable economy of the future.

This week alone, Colorado has seen three straight days of new job announcements, which will create more than 1,600 clean energy and water jobs over the coming years. Add these to the thousands of new-energy jobs we have brought to Colorado since my administration took office in 2007.

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These announcements underscore why we must continue working at the state level to build a thriving New Energy Economy that sets an example for the rest of the world to follow.

Please sign the petition supporting my administration's ambitious New Energy Agenda before the legislative session draws to a close next month.

This week I've continued my travel around the state and had the chance to visit some of the Colorado communities which are adding new, clean energy and water jobs. It's clear that even as people are struggling during these tough economic times, something exciting is happening here in Colorado.

On Monday, I visited Pueblo where The Water Company, a high-tech water-purification enterprise, announced it is moving into a bigger facility and adding more than 100 new jobs.

On Tuesday, I participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Ascent Solar's new world headquarters and manufacturing facility in Thornton. This plant will create up to 200 new jobs and serve the emerging global market for solar modules that power homes, commercial buildings and consumer devices.

And on Wednesday, I joined the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark for the ground-breaking of Vestas' two new production facilities in Brighton. Once operational, these facilities will employ 1,350 Coloradans and produce wind-generator components to power America's New Energy Economy.

These announcements demonstrate how Colorado's visionary approach and commitment to a sustainable economy are creating a brighter future and jobs that are here to stay.

Please sign the petition supporting my administration's ambitious New Energy Agenda before the legislative session draws to a close next month.

It is no accident that companies like Vestas, Ascent Solar, and The Water Company are planting roots and creating jobs in Colorado communities. New-energy, clean-tech companies are attracted to Colorado's driven workforce, thriving research corridor, world-class universities, and pro-sustainability government initiatives.

We must not cede this competitive advantage to other states or other countries, so I urge you to sign my petition supporting an ambitious New Energy Agenda today.

Thank you for all that you have done, and will continue to do, to develop a thriving 21st century economy here in Colorado.


Bill Ritter, Jr.