Monday, April 6, 2009


Click here to listen to Gov. Ritter discuss 2-day economic development mission to Silicon Valley


Gov. Bill Ritter is leading a two-day economic development mission to Silicon Valley, meeting with investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and executives from nearly a dozen information and communication technology (ICT) companies.


Gov. Ritter discussed his meetings today with officials from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Facebook, Juniper, Google, Adobe and LinkedIn.


During a conference call this afternoon with Colorado reporters, Gov. Ritter said the meetings have focused on educating companies about Colorado's tech-sector, including the health and strength of the state's technology eco-system.


"Colorado has a very low tax base," Gov. Ritter said. "We have one of the best-educated workforces in the country. We have a powerful mix of federal research labs and research universities, and we are No. 1 in the country for software engineers."


Tomorrow, Gov. Ritter will be meet with executives from Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP Labs.


"It is vitally important in these tough times that we continue to aggressively sell and market Colorado as we lead the state forward and position ourselves for a strong recovery and future job growth," Gov. Ritter said.


Gov. Ritter is on the mission with Don Elliman, director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development; Michael Locatis, Colorado's chief information officer; and Brad Feld and Phil Weiser, who co-chair the Governor's Innovation Council.