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.

Working together for a vibrant future. It's how we do business in Metro Denver.

We support our culture. And it shows.

At a time when museums, theatres, and other venues found themselves scrambling for funding, the leadership and citizens of Metro Denver voiced strong, collective support for our cultural groups. In 1988, voters approved a sales tax that earmarked one cent of every $10 to support art, historical, and scientific organizations in the seven-county Metro Denver region.

The arts flourish in Metro Denver:

  • According to a 2015 study by the National Endowment for the Arts, Colorado is No. 1 when it comes to theater, music, and museum visits.
  • Over the past 20 years, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has funded organizations throughout Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties. A national model for funding culture, the SCFD is funded by a 1/10 of 1 percent sales and use tax and distributes $40 million annually to 300 arts and culture organizations.
  • Our regional support for arts and culture is also evident in the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA), a 150-business member organization that helps companies leverage the arts for innovative and creative success. Launched in 1984 by local business leaders, the CBCA is one of eight affiliates of the national Business Committee for the Arts founded by David Rockefeller in 1967.