Monthly Rankings: January’s Top Three
The New Year started out with a bang for the state of Colorado, which placed well in 13 rankings in just the first month. Collecting high rankings for the largest private companies in the U.S., hot neighborhoods, a great commercial real estate market, and more, it’s no wonder why our state is among the fastest-growing in the nation.
Although it was difficult to choose which rankings were our favorite, these were our top three highlighting Metro Denver’s thriving business climate:
- If you’re looking for a job this year, Metro Denver is the place to be. A new study by NerdWallet ranked Denver as the fourth-best city for job seekers in 2014, which ranked cities based on job availability, population growth, and affordability. With Denver’s unemployment rate at 5.8 percent, population growth of 4.9 percent between 2010 and 2012.
- Denver’s commercial real estate market ranked 11th among the 2014 “Markets to Watch,” up three spots from last year’s survey in the Emerging Trends in Real Estate report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the Urban Land Institute. Respondents viewed the outlook for Metro Denver’s investment, development, and homebuilding prospects to be good for 2014 and considered the following criteria as a buy specifically in Denver: 51.3 percent for retail, 51.6 for industrial/distribution property, and 50 percent for Denver office property. Last year, the commercial real estate market continued to expand, with new development and pre-leading levels not seen in more than 10 years, which positions Metro Denver‘s performance above national average.
- Denver was listed as one of the top 10 cities for green meetings by GreenBiz.com, highlighting efforts undertaken by and the Colorado Convention Center and VISIT DENVER. According to the report, the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) earned Level One certification for a meeting facility, which requires a written environmental policy, a minimum waste diversion rate of 30 percent over the course of a year, and 20 percent of building fixtures operating at high efficacy. The venue also built a 300-kilowatt solar power system covering 30,000 square feet on the convention center roof, eliminating 435 tons of carbon emissions per year.
While we are off to a good start for job-seekers, the commercial real estate market, and green meetings, our expectations are high for the months to come. Next month, we’ll feature which February national rankings showed Colorado as much love as we have for our great state.
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