Let’s not kid ourselves. Luck plays an important element in a region’s successful economic development. When it comes to luck, Metro Denver has had its share. For example, the Cold War set the stage for Colorado’s key role in aerospace when the Department of Defense needed a safe location out of reach of Soviet missiles.
Tom was recently interviewed by The Villager about the 2016 Industry Cluster Study and what we can expect for the year. The following article, by Jan Wondra, highlights Tom’s take on affordable housing and employment growth.
The beginning of 2016 is a bit of a shock. National and international stock markets shudder with China’s pending recession. The Saudis continue to pump oil at prices like the 1970s, resulting in U.S. job losses just as we stand on the precipice of becoming both the No. 1 producer of natural gas AND, in 2016, the largest global producer of oil. It feels like a Charles Dickens’ novel; the best and worst of times.
In the early 90s, Metro Denver voters approved the Metropolitan Stadium District (MSD) as part of an effort to recruit Major League Baseball. The region had spent almost 20 years beseeching baseball’s owners for a team that would fill a fan void in the Rocky Mountain West. Metro voters, suspicious of a “If we build it, they will come strategy,” opted for a “If you come, we will build it.” The Colorado Rockies and Coors Field were the outcome.
In the first week of October, mail-in ballots were sent to registered voters throughout Colorado. In Denver and Adams County, one item in particular on this year’s ballot —the 1A for DIA measure —harkens us back to the 1989 election that paved the way for creating Denver International Airport (DIA).