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

World-class research universities set the stage for innovation

Colorado's world-class research institutions are leaders for funding and turning out scientific and research talent:

  • The University of Colorado System
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University

Consider these facts, from an article by Research Colorado

  • The University of Colorado system received more than $819 million in research funding in 2012 and has spawned over 100 companies since the mid-1990s, the vast majority of which still have operations in Colorado
  • Colorado State University in Fort Collins brings in more than $330 million per year for research and employs 7,000 people
  • Collectively, CU and CSU churn out more than 320 new patent filings annually, each one representing even more economic potential
  • Bioscience, clean technologies, environmental engineering, aerospace and atmospheric sciences are examples of the major industry sectors that benefit from Colorado’s research universities and federal laboratories