Thinking big to develop a growing region
Metro Denver is planning for growth with a multimodal transit system, transit-oriented development, and urban redevelopment. Rather than watching and waiting, Metro Denver took charge of its future by:
- Building a new international airport
- Proactively designing a multimodal transportation infrastructure
- Intelligently planning residential, commercial, and retail development
The result is the nation's leading model for smart growth to accommodate growing population areas, complete with one of the country's most advanced transportation systems, new transit-oriented developments, sports facilities, and innovative mixed-use developments.
Currently, the City of Denver is one of seven national finalists in the USDOT's Smart City Challenge. The USDOT has pledged up to $40 million and the Vulcan Foundation has put up $10 million to one city to serve as a national model for fully integrating innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into its transportation network.
In fact, in the Beacon Hill Institute's Infrastructure Index (a sub-index of its 2014 State Competitiveness Index), Colorado ranked No. 1 for overall infrastructure readiness, including access to high-speed Internet, air travel, concentration of mobile phones, and worker commute times.