Serving Colorado since 1915, the Business Research Division (BRD) of Leeds Business at CU Boulder provides economic and demographic information needed by 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.
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.
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