At the heart of the Rocky Mountain region, Denver is a highly active center of economic, cultural, and entertainment activity. With downtown Denver, the I-70 industrial corridor, the nearby Denver Tech Center, surrounding business districts such as Cherry Creek, and a wealth of new mixed-use infill projects, Denver’s diverse economy supports a growing population.
Denver’s diversity and abundant opportunities attract a skilled, highly-educated workforce. The city is the nation’s top in-migration destination for the future workforce, those aged 25- to 34-years-old. Complementing its workforce, Denver has made infrastructure investments in transportation, finance, and recreation. Denver International Airport (DEN) opened in 1995 and is the sixth-busiest airport in the nation.
Denver has emerged as a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. Ranked by VentureBeat as the third best American city for startups, Denver offers a strong downtown and unique, vibrant neighborhoods for firms to expand. A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office further strengthens Denver as a leading city for innovative business.
With construction well underway on the $7.4 billion FasTracks mass transit expansion, Denver offers 41 light rail stations and major bus routes, presenting a strong variety of transit-oriented development sites for expanding firms. Signature sites include the redevelopment of Denver Union Station in Lower Downtown and the development of Airport City Denver at Denver International Airport, which offers 9,300 acres of developable land to connect businesses to the world.
Economic Development Resources
Brittany Morris Saunders
Senior Vice President, Economic Development & Public Affairs
Downtown Denver Partnertship, Inc.