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Origin of the Center for Colorado's Economic Future

Creation of the Center for Colorado’s Economic Future implements a key recommendation of the Colorado Economic Futures Panel, created by the University of Denver in keeping with its commitment to contribute to the public good. The panel conducted its work from the fall of 2004 to January of 2006. The panel was created to examine the fiscal health of Colorado’s state and local governments and their ability to sustain fundamental public investments appropriate to Colorado’s long-term economic vitality.

Recommendations of the Colorado Economic Futures Panel addressed specific constitutional proposals as well as the need to better inform voters about ballot proposals and citizens about state and local government. Specifically, the panel recommended:

… that an independent, nonpartisan, non-governmental organization be established to conduct ongoing research and provide regular updates to the public on matters related to Colorado’s fiscal health, other significant trends affecting the state’s economy and on proposed initiatives and major legislation relating to taxation and public spending.

Creation of The Center for Colorado’s Economic Future at the University of Denver is a continuing expression of the university’s commitment to contribute to the public good.

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