Chris Shapard hs 08.19.13A quick perusal of 14 CCIA member websites shows
that there are currently 60 cleantech job openings in Colorado. Wow! And, that’s only a small group of our cleantech company members.

The continued growth of Colorado’s cleantech industries is one that CCIA is committed to promoting, and ensuring that Colorado clean technology companies have the right human talent they need is one of our top priorities. For example, RavenBrick is looking for a CEO to transport the company from its roots as an innovative developer of energy-efficient building technologies to a leading large-scale manufacturer of dynamic windows.

Throughout the year, you’ll see and hear more about CCIA’s efforts to connect job seekers with job openings in our cleantech industries. Ecotech Institute, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and Colorado School of Mines can’t be overlooked, either, as new graduates and interns are always valuable for these growing sectors.

If you are an experienced executive, a serial entrepreneur, or looking for a career transition, consider applying to the Energy Fellows Institute, CCIA’s signature executive development program.

Items in this newsletter will focus on workforce development and human capital related initiatives and activities valuable to your company and the growth of the cleantech sectors in Colorado.

Chris Shapard
Executive Director

Workforce by the Numbers: Colorado  is home to more than 23,000 cleantech jobs and 2,020 companies.Long a national leader in development of its cleantech industry, Colorado ranked 6th out of the 50 states in cleantech employment in 2014. Between 2009 and 2014, Colorado’s cleantech employment rose 29.1 percent, compared with a 14.9 percent increase nationwide.Find more statistics at

Under the Dome, Workforce Legislation: CCIA is working with a variety of stakeholders to create a paid internship program for high tech companies.  The program would provide $2,500 to the company for training and expenses for secondary, vocational, undergrad and graduate level students. The bill was introduced to the House on February 17 and we will be monitoring its progress. For more information see HB15-1230.

AI Infrastructure Funding to Support Growth of Human Capital: AI Infrastructure Funding Grants provide state funding to collaborative projects that will have a broad, industry wide impact on one or more of Colorado’s advanced industries.  Examples may include projects that provide workforce training, shared working space or equipment, or mentorship for Colorado companies.  Grant applications and information may be found here.


Energy Fellows Institute Accepting Applications

The 2015 Energy Fellows Institute will be offered June 14-19 as a one-week sprint-session. During this session we will offer a concentrated program featuring industry thought leaders, energy and cleantech CEO’s, discussions with finance and research experts and tours of Front Range energy companies and facilities. We will provide a curriculum rich in content focusing on energy storage, generation, efficiency, transportation, and natural gas. We will examine opportunities and threats to the market and how cleantech intersects with industries key to the state’s economic development.

If you are a seasoned executive or serial entrepreneur, either currently working in the advanced energy industry or are looking to transition, the Energy Fellows Institute is an ideal platform for engaging in this complex ecosystem.


For more information, please contact Mary Austin at 303-775-2364 or