By Jeanne Davant
In June, 36 young people will be coming to Colorado Springs to intern at six local companies and get to know the city that could become their permanent home.
Through the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC’s Find Your COS (pronounced “cause”) program, the interns will participate in 13 professional and social development opportunities, including work on a social impact project.
The Colorado Chamber of Commerce also has set its sights on bolstering manufacturing and drawing more attention to the sector.
The Colorado Chamber is rolling out a program called Coolest Thing Made in Colorado, with entries voted upon by Colorado citizens and a winner and runners-up in several categories selected by an executive committee.
“It’s really to embrace and recognize the amazing products that are made right here in our backyard,” Colorado Chamber President Loren Furman said.
The manufacturing industry contributes $26 billion annually to the state’s economy and employs more than 150,000 people, said Cynthia Meyer, vice president of communications at the Colorado Chamber.
“We want Colorado to be a place where business leaders want to invest, innovate and create opportunities,” Furman said. “We need to bolster the talent pipeline of skilled workers, improve our tax environment, encourage a nonlitigious employment environment and make Colorado more competitive with other states.”