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May 15, 2018
Contact: Cinamon Watson
303-949-7264
cwatson@blueprintstrategiesllc.com

Colorado Succeeds & Common Sense Policy Roundtable Join Business Leaders and Candidates for Governor To Release New Study & Statewide Polling Data

Denver, CO – Despite having the No. 1 economy in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report, Colorado struggles with education. The state comes in at No. 20 for education and has the fifth-lowest high school graduation rate in the country.

A new study from Colorado Succeeds and Common Sense Policy Roundtable titled, “What if Colorado Schools Were No. 1 — A Business Guide for Colorado’s Next Governor,” determines the economic impact of Colorado’s education system.

Colorado Succeeds, Common Sense Policy Roundtable, and 18 partner organizations will join candidates for Colorado Governor at an event TODAY to release the new study.

WHAT:
Release of What if Colorado Schools Were #1? A Business Guide for Colorado’s Next Governor

WHO:
Colorado Succeeds, Common Sense Policy Roundtable, Business leaders, community organizations, and candidates for Colorado Governor

WHEN:
TODAY – Tuesday, May 15
3:30 p.m. Program, 5:00 p.m. Reception

WHERE:
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
1445 Market Street, Denver

To see more from the economic impact study, statewide poll, employer survey, and candidate survey, visit BestSchoolsCO.org.

The study set out to determine the economic impact of Colorado’s so-called “skills gap.” Its findings? Billions would be added to Colorado’s GDP over the next decade if the state were to boost its graduation rate to match the best in the nation.

The project uses the REMI model funded by the REMI Partnership, (a dynamic economic modeling program) to answer a vital question: What if Colorado high school graduates went on to earn the level of post-secondary education and training needed to meet the demands of Colorado’s economy? Also included in the Business Guide are recent statewide voter polling results, a statewide employer survey, and a candidate survey, all of which cover key education and talent development issues in Colorado.

About Common Sense Policy Roundtable: Common Sense Policy Roundtable (CSPR) is a non-profit free-enterprise think tank dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. CSPR   actively follows job and economic development legislation and public policy initiatives.

About the REMI Partnership: Common Sense Policy Roundtable, Colorado Concern, Colorado Association of REALTORS®, Colorado Bankers Association, and Denver South Economic Development Partnership have partnered to develop independent, fact-based analysis that quantifies the broader economic impacts associated with policy changes. The partnership has provided Colorado lawmakers, policy makers, business leaders, and citizens with greater insight into the economic impact of public policy decisions that face the state and surrounding regions.

About Colorado Succeeds: Colorado Succeeds is a non-profit, non-partisan network of Colorado business leaders who join forces to ensure our education system works better and smarter for all people of Colorado. Learn more: www.coloradosucceeds.org.

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