Business Research Division Outreach

Program Contact

Brian Lewandowski

brian.lewandowski@colorado.edu

Serving Colorado since 1915, the Business Research Division (BRD) at CU Boulder’s Leeds School Business has provided economic and demographic information to businesses, governments and nonprofits. Specializing in economic and fiscal analysis, market research and custom research projects, the division also produces the longest-running annual forecast of the state’s economy, now in its 50th year.

Other helpful decision-making tools include the quarterly Leeds Business Leaders Confidence Index, a forward-looking index that gauges Colorado business leaders’ opinions about the economy, and the quarterly newsletter, the Colorado Business Review (CBR).

A select list of research projects appears below.

Ongoing Projects

Colorado Business Economic Outlook

This annual forecast of the state’s economy analyzes changes that have taken place in all economic sectors during the past year, and looks at the opportunities and challenges that will shape the changes in Colorado’s population, employment, and overall economy for the coming year. The information is initially presented in early December in Denver at the Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum and is also published in hard copy format and on the division’s website. Additional forecast presentations are made throughout the state during the year, ranging from industry associations and nonprofit organizations to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Leeds Business Confidence Index

A forward-looking index that gauges business leaders’ opinions about national and state economic trends and how their industry will perform in the coming quarter. Each quarter, Colorado business leaders are invited to complete a brief online survey about next-quarter expectations. The survey results are then compiled into the LBCI.

Colorado Business Review

The quarterly CBR newsletter explores current topics of importance to the state’s economy. Recent issues examined Colorado’s Western Slope, the state’s Professional and Business Services Sector, and the energy and retail industries.

Colorado Secretary of State

Published quarterly, business filings statistics from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office are analyzed and supplemented with other relevant economic metrics, such as employment, wages, prices, and GDP.

Custom Research Projects

RTD Forecast Model (2011-2017)

The BRD was contracted to develop a forecasting model for RTD revenues over the short, medium, and long term. Revenue projections are presented in biannual reports for the three forecast horizons.

The Economic Contribution of Federally Funded Research Facilities in Colorado FY2013-FY2015 (2017)

This study updated an economic and fiscal impact analysis of federal research facilities on Colorado, as well as on counties of operations, using IMPLAN.

Rural Colorado Economic Resiliency, Study of Factors Impacting Rural Economic Growth 1990-2014 (2016)

Focus groups were held around the state to determine the factors that help or hinder a community’s resiliency.

Boulder Arts Week Survey of Attendees (2016)

Boulder Arts Week (BAW) attendees were surveyed during the 2016 event in order to obtain feedback on BAW and on specific events.

Colorado Brewers Guild: Craft Brewers Industry Overview and Economic Impact 2014 and 2015 (2016)

The economic impacts of the craft brewing industry on the state of Colorado, including both breweries and brewpubs, are quantified in this study.

Study of Primary Employers in the City of Boulder (2016)

This research updated the 2012 study of primary employers in the city of Boulder.

  • AGC Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Economic Impact Model Presentation; Zoom

  • EDCC 2019 Presentation

    Location

    In Colorado

    Colorado Springs

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • 2021 Boulder Economic Forecast

    Location

    In Colorado

    Boulder

    Dates

    1/28/2021 - 1/28/2021

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    Yes

    Additional Info

    This annual economic and business outlook event features nationally recognized economists highlighting economic statistics and trends for the Boulder area. The 2021 Forecast includes a virtual presentation by CU Boulder's Brian Lewandowski & Richard Wobbekind who will present on key indicators and metrics. https://business.boulderchamber.com/events/details/2021-boulder-economic-forecast-20676

  • 2021 Colorado Economic Forecast

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    1/13/2021 - 1/13/2021

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Colorado Companies to Watch, a statewide awards program recognizing growing companies focused on economic development, will host this virtual forum about the Colorado Economic Outlook. BRD leaders will discuss the Outlook's predictions about Colorado's recovery and the economic and employment impact. Register now:
    https://coloradocompaniestowatch.org/our-events/2021-colorado-economic-forecast/

  • 2021 Southwest Economic Outlook presentations

    Location

    In Colorado

    Durango

    Dates

    1/7/2021 - 1/7/2021

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    As part of an annual forum at Fort Lewis College, researchers virtually discussed economic affairs in southwest Colorado, the rest of the state and the United States. Presenters included: CU Boulder's Richard Wobbekind; Laura Lewis-Marchino from Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado; and Tim Quinlan from Wells Fargo Securities. http://bit.ly/3njtisc

  • Economic Outlook Forum (Grand Junction)

    Location

    In Colorado

    Grand Junction

    Dates

    12/14/2020 - 12/14/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Richard L. Wobbekind presented the Economic Outlook virtually as part of an annual event presented by the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce.

  • Colorado Business Outlook Forum

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    12/7/2020 - 12/7/2020

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    The 56th Annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook was held virtually to provide professionals across nearly every industry in the state with a forecast of Colorado’s economy by sector. This economic forecast was developed in partnership with 125 private and public leaders across Colorado. Watch recording: https://www.colorado.edu/business/brd/colorado-business-economic-outlook-forum

  • Leeds Business Insights Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    7/20/2020 - 7/20/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Alumni Presentation; Zoom

  • AUBER Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    6/18/2020 - 6/18/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion - Tourism Impact; Zoom

  • Boulder City Council Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    6/9/2020 - 6/9/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Boulder Tax Revenue Forecast; Zoom

  • Colorado Workforce Development Council: Data Series Workshop

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    6/4/2020 - 6/4/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Workshop

  • 2020 Virtual ITGA City & University Relations Conference

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    6/1/2020 - 6/1/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • EMBA Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    5/29/2020 - 5/29/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Collaborating to Evaluate the Competitive Advantages of Your Innovation Ecosystem; Zoom

  • International Society for Pharma Engineers ISPE Rocky Mountian Chapter Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    5/28/2020 - 5/28/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • Boulder Together Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    5/27/2020 - 5/27/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • Economics Club of Colorado Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    5/27/2020 - 5/27/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • BizWest Northern Colorado Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    5/26/2020 - 5/26/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • Colorado Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    5/20/2020 - 5/20/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • Boulder County Workforce Board Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    5/15/2020 - 5/15/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • Colorado Municipal League Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    5/12/2020 - 5/12/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • Leeds Business Insights Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    4/30/2020 - 4/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • Boulder City Council Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    4/28/2020 - 4/28/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • House Democratic Caucus

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    4/24/2020 - 4/24/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • Boulder Economic Council Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    4/16/2020 - 4/16/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • Colorado Chamber

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    4/15/2020 - 4/15/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • MBA Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    4/15/2020 - 4/15/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • RTD Board Economic Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    4/14/2020 - 4/14/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • Leeds Board Economic Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    4/3/2020 - 4/3/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • Leeds Business Insights Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    3/31/2020 - 3/31/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    COVID Economic Discussion; Zoom

  • Economic Development Council of Colorado Presentation

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    3/12/2020 - 3/12/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Colorado Association of Ski Towns Presentation

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    3/5/2020 - 3/5/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • CU Real Estate Presentation

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    2/26/2020 - 2/26/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Denver Business Series Presentation

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    2/4/2020 - 2/4/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Boulder Economic Council Boulder Innovation Venture 2.0 Presentation

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    1/30/2020 - 1/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    2020 Economic Forecast Boulder & Beyond

  • Boulder Economic Forecast Presentation

    Location

    In Colorado

    Boulder

    Dates

    1/30/2020 - 7/30/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Alumni Webinar

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    1/15/2020 - 1/15/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Southwest Business Forum Presentation

    Location

    In Colorado

    Durango

    Dates

    1/9/2020 - 1/9/2020

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Boulder Innovation Venture 2.0 Espirit Presentation

    Location

    In Colorado

    Boulder

    Dates

    11/14/2019 - 11/14/2019

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • CU Construction Engineering Management Fall 2019 Meeting Presentation

    Location

    On Campus

    Engineering Center

    Dates

    11/13/2019 - 11/13/2019

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • AUBER Energy Panel Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    10/13/2019 - 10/13/2019

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Leeds Board Meeting Presentation

    Location

    On Campus

    Business, Leeds School of

    Dates

    10/8/2019 - 10/8/2019

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • NABE Energy Panel Presentation

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    10/7/2019 - 10/7/2019

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Denver South Economic Development Partnership Presentation

    Location

    In Colorado

    Englewood

    Dates

    10/3/2019 - 10/3/2019

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • MENV Data Tools Workshop

    Location

    On Campus

    Sustainability, Energy & Environment Community (SEEC)

    Dates

    9/12/2019 - 9/12/2019

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • EDCC Innovation Presentation

    Location

    In Colorado

    Colorado Springs

    Dates

    8/14/2019 - 8/14/2019

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • Leeds School of Business

  • Business Research Division

Audiences Served

  • Alumni/Parents/Friends
  • Business
  • General Public
  • Government
  • Media
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Rural Communities
  • Urban Communities