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.

Energetic minds driving an innovation economy

An incubator for smart thinking.

Here, there are no rules, no pedigrees, no barriers. One simple thought pervades Metro Denver: Let the best idea win. The bright and adventurous gravitate here because they can make their mark relatively quickly.

But don’t take our word for it – just examine Colorado's impressive record of competitiveness and entrepreneurial activity:

  • A top three state for supporting innovation (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Enterprising States Report, 2013)
  • Fourth in country for number of new businesses (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Enterprising States Report, 2013)
  • Sixth “Best Place for Business and Careers” (Forbes 2013)
  • Seventh best state for business (CNBC, 2013)
  • Eighth best tax climate for small businesses and entrepreneurs (Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, 2013)
  • Eighth best city with a population over 500,000 for young entrepreneurs (Under30CEO.com, 2013)

Key initiatives driving the entrepreneurial economy in Metro Denver and Northern Colorado:

  • Galvanize is several Metro Denver start-up, co-working spaces designed to give entrepreneurs and innovators a community where they can spark ideas and build companies, through the three pillars of capital, community, and curriculum.
  • TEDxMileHigh showcases innovative Coloradans, no matter the sector, who each give the ‘talk of their life’ around the power of ideas. This diverse group of thought leaders and innovators educate, inspire, and stimulate change with the ultimate goal being deep discussion and action.
  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper created the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) in 2011 to promote collaboration among Colorado's private, public and academic organizations. COIN will:
    • Stimulate economic growth
    • Supporting innovative business activities
    • Establishing Colorado as the best state for business
    • Help create jobs and attract new businesses