Regionalism

Metro Denver is a national model for regional cooperation in economic development, political cooperation, 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 40 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 U.S.

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

Plugged into the communications and power needs of business

The region’s utility rates are equitable compared to other large metropolitan areas.

  • Xcel Energy, the state's largest utility, is the primary provider of electricity and natural gas in the Metro Denver area. United Power and Intermountain Rural Electric Association also provide services in the region.
  • The Colorado Public Utilities Commission has full regulatory authority over intrastate telecommunication services and investor-owned electric, gas, and water utilities, as well as partial regulatory control over municipal utility and electric associations.
  • Utility rates from cities all across the United States are now available in one place, the U.S. Department of Energy's Open Energy Information (Open EI) platform, or OpenEI.org.
  • Colorado has a sprawling and affordable utility marketplace; plus nearly 100 percent of households in Metro Denver have access to broadband services that meet the National Broadband Availability Target.