Regionalism

Metro Denver is a national model for regional cooperation in economic development, political action, culture, and sports.

Our region has a long history of getting big projects done. In the last three decades, the region diversified its oil and gas-dependent economy, spearheaded construction of the nation’s only new airport in the past 25 years, and rolled on the nation’s largest, single transit buildout.

Workforce

It’s no secret that Metro Denver attracts talent. More than 43 percent of our residents have a bachelor’s degree or better. While Metro Denver attracts workers from all over the world, it’s also growing its own energetic minds.

A robust educational system—from preschool to post-doctorate—prepares a workforce that’s well matched to the evolving needs of today’s workplace.

Innovation

Our state is second to none in concentrated talent, making Metro Denver a crucible for innovation and entrepreneurism. Partnerships among our research universities and national laboratories and the business community breeds company success.

Our entrepreneurial business environment is propelling forward with dynamic industries, significant venture capital awards, and high concentrations of scientific and research talent.

Infrastructure

With a modern and efficient international airport, the Metro Denver region’s central location and growing economy combine to make the area one of the country’s most important transportation hubs.

Metro Denver is a model for the country when it comes to solving transportation challenges, taking steps to reduce sprawl, and create new neighborhoods along transit. We’re definitely keeping our eyes on the road ahead.

Health & Wellness

Metro Denver’s dynamic outdoor environment and emphasis on health combine to make it one of the healthiest regions in the United States.

It’s no secret Metro Denver is positively preoccupied with staying fit and healthy. Attribute it to our nearly 300 days of spectacular sunshine, exceptionally mild climate, or the Rocky Mountains in our back yard. The fact is Metro Denver has a balanced lifestyle where health, family, and career complement one another.

Thinking big to develop a growing region

Metro Denver has made significant improvements to the region's transportation infrastructure in the past decade. From development of the area's beltway and toll roads (C-470, E-470, and the Northwest Parkway), to completion of the $1.67 billion T-REX Project (Transportation Expansion Project), Metro Denver is continually expanding its highway system to efficiently move people and goods.

T-REX

During construction 2001-2006, T-REX was the nation's largest multimodal project. T-REX added 19 miles of light rail and improved 17 miles of highways and bridges in southeast Denver. The project connects the region's two largest employment centers – the Denver Tech Center and Denver's Central Business District.

Metro Denver's Beltway

Three quarters of the beltway around Metro Denver has been completed to date (C-470, E-470, and the Northwest Parkway):

  • Construction began in 1982 on C-470, the first portion of Metro Denver's beltway. All three phases of the 26-mile transportation project, extending from I-25 in the southern Metro Denver area to I-70 near Golden, were completed by 1990.
  • The 47-mile E-470 toll road runs along the eastern perimeter of Metro Denver, extending from state highway C-470 at I-25, running east then north along the western edge of Denver International Airport, terminating at I-25 on the north end of Metro Denver just south of 160th Avenue. The first E-470 segment opened in 1991, the second in 1999, with the final leg completed in 2003.
  • The Northwest Parkway toll road, completed in 2003, seamlessly connects with E-470 at I-25, and with U.S. 36 and State Highway 128 in Broomfield.

Rail

Freight Service The BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad, both Class I railroads, provide freight service in Metro Denver. Both companies are working with the Colorado Department of Transportation on potential rail infrastructure improvements in the state – the Front Range Railroad Infrastructure Rationalization Project. The study evaluated relocating rail infrastructure east, away from the Front Range and major population centers.

Passenger Service

Passenger service in Metro Denver is available on Amtrak via the California Zephyr route, which connects Chicago to San Francisco and follows a scenic path through the plains and the Rocky Mountains. Amtrak service is based out of Denver Union Station, which is undergoing a redevelopment plan to transform it into a regional transportation hub where light rail, buses, and passenger rail converge.

Helpful links:

  • Traffic.com - Denver traffic and road construction reports
  • CoTrip.org - Colorado road/weather conditions and highway info.