What an exciting time to be an interior designer. With advances in technology, local economic growth and new approaches to the design process, there always seems to be something new to learn, explore and celebrate.

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the 2016 Colorado Interior Design Coalition (CIDC) Annual Meeting. The event covered the state of the industry and how the profession is changing, reminding us all to not only invest in the “me,” but also the “we” of the industry.

Communication and collaboration are becoming increasingly important as new technology allows us to share design concepts in more detail. Having the ability to see a finished product before construction even starts creates a new opportunity to open the door for contribution from all team members.

Every day, we all work with so many different people, from decorators, designers and architects to engineers and contractors. By pushing the bar on great design, we provide value to project teams and greatly contribute to the build environment. But even more important is the broad reaching effect we have on the economy and our communities.

According to recent studies from IIDA, the total annual economic impact of the interior design sector in the United States is estimated to be $96.3 billion in 2016. That means our industry can support 522,400 jobs annually. What a great community to be a part of.

Our team at Elsy loves to partner with organizations like the CIDC, which works every day to advocate for the industry that we are so passionate about. Without their dedication, we wouldn’t get to do what we love.