In his good-bye news conference, Governor Owens said Thursday that he'll miss being in the middle of policy debates but has no plans to seek another political office.
The Republican couldn't seek a third term because of term limits. Democrat Bill Ritter will be sworn in as governor next Tuesday.
Owens, 56, says he's enjoyed his 24 years in politics. He served in the state Senate and House and as state treasurer before winning two terms as governor. Owens was Colorado's first Republican governor in more than two decades.
Now, he says he's looking forward to a new career in business.
Owens plans to partner with two land developers after leaving office, working to find and buy land for residential and commercial development. He also plans to get involved in international banking projects.