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‚ÄĒfrom preschool to post-doctorate‚ÄĒprepares a workforce that‚Äôs well matched to the evolving needs of today‚Äôs 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.

Energetic minds driving an innovation economy

USPTO gravitated to Denver for satellite office

Opened in 2014, the U.S. patent office in Denver was the first to begin operations in the western U.S. The Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO office is one of four regional offices located throughout the United States.

The USPTO chose Denver because the region:

  • Has one of the highest per capita rates of people with science and technology degrees.
  • Has relatively low living costs.
  • Offers an outstanding quality of life.
  • Offers a desirable location in which to recruit and retain the most talented workers.

The office houses 22 patent judges and 80 examiners. The new location is expected to generate an economic impact of $440 million in the first five years of operation.

Colorado ranked ninth in the number of patents issued per one million people in 2015, and the USPTO’s satellite location in Denver continues to expand Colorado’s enviable high-tech and innovation economy.

The offices are designed to foster American innovation in the global marketplace, while at the same time help speed up the patent process, which had a backlog of 700,000 applications before the U.S. recession hit in 2008.  

Read more about how USPTO will spark innovation in the West in Clark's Cone of Silence blog post.