Economic Forum releases 2021-2022 Economic Report

Cover of the 2021-22 report.

The 2021-2022 Economic Report is now available to the public on the Forum website

The report serves as a comprehensive resource, providing timely and valuable economic insights to all those determining the direction of business and government. Focus areas in this year’s report include employment, wages and per capita personal income, residential real estate, commercial real estate, sales and use tax and education. 

With a vision for business partnership and local economic insights, the first event by the UCCS Economic Forum, formerly named the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, took place at The Broadmoor Hotel on September 10, 1997.  

The Forum now holds dozens of presentations per year, produces monthly economic reports and acts as an economic development resource for the community at large. A plethora of data, graphical representations and explanations are offered within this year’s 37-page report. 

For over 25 years, the leading source of economic data and insights in the Pikes Peak region has been the longstanding community event, the UCCS Economic Forum. Hundreds of attendees gather annually at the event, which will return to its in-person format this year for the first time since 2019. 

The 26th Annual UCCS Economic Forum will take place on September 1 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ent Center for the Arts at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in the Shockley-Zalabak Theater. 

Tatiana Bailey, Director of the UCCS Economic Forum, will present on the local, state and national economies. 

Bailey is a leading expert on economics, policy and urban economic development and the health care industry in the Pikes Peak region. She has directed the Forum since June 2014 and holds the position of Attendant Rank Professor in the College of Business. In 2016, Bailey was a “Woman of Influence” and in 2018 she was named “Business Leader of the Year.” 

A Workforce Development Panel will present on “The Linchpin to Sustainable Economic Development.” The panel, with several notable state and national figures, includes: 

  • Tatiana Bailey, Director, UCCS Economic Forum 
  • Ron Fitch, President, Grandview Hospital and Pikes Peak Regional Hospital & VP of Operations and Military Affairs, UCHealth Southern Region 
  • Joe Garcia, Chancellor, Colorado Community College System 
  • Kimelyn L. Harris, Senior Vice President & ESG Program Director, Bank of America 
  • Katherine Keegan, MSSW, Director, Colorado Office of the Future of Work 

UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy and UCCS College of Business Dean Karen Markel will also provide brief remarks. Kimberley Sherwood, Coach, Consultant and Facilitator of Kimberly Sherwood, will moderate the Workforce Development Panel discussion. 

Following the presentations there will be an in-person happy hour networking event hosted in the Ent Center for the Arts foyer. By showing a registration ticket at the bar, one free drink will be provided courtesy of Community Banks of Colorado. 

Registration is open for the UCCS Economic Forum. To reserve a ticket, please visit

About the Economic Forum

The UCCS Economic Forum is the leading source of unbiased and rigorous information for the Pikes Peak region. Data is continuously updated and actively utilized in the community to inform and drive economic development and business decisions. For more information, visit