Metro Denver EDC and Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC Join Forces to Drive Economic Growth Across the Front Range

COLORADO SPRINGS – At the 39th annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC announced a landmark collaboration aimed at driving regional economic development along the eastern Front Range. With a rich landscape in Financial Services, IT Software, Aerospace, Cybersecurity, and Defense employers, the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) solidifies a joint commitment to attracting businesses and nurturing economic growth in this vibrant region.

This historic partnership, the first of its kind between the two organizations, underscores their mutual dedication to bolstering the competitiveness and economic vitality of the region as a premier destination for corporate investment and employment growth. Notably, Colorado ranks as a global leader in Aerospace education, research, and innovation, positioning itself as the second largest space economy in the nation. With its skilled workforce and business-friendly environment, Colorado Springs remains attractive to large corporations. Furthermore, the state currently boasts over 11,000 students enrolled in aerospace-related programs, ensuring a robust talent pipeline to meet workforce demands.

Raymond H. Gonzales, President of Metro Denver EDC, expressed enthusiasm about the regional partnership, stating, “This collaboration fortifies our efforts in promoting the Front Range and Colorado as top-tier locations for corporate investment and job expansion. With ample commercial real estate and diverse ecosystems throughout the region, we are well-equipped to propel economic development forward.”

Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer, President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the significance of the memorandum of understanding among nearly 100 cities, counties, and economic development organizations. She stated, “Signing this agreement signals a robust partnership for the advancement of Colorado’s economic development strategy. The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC is excited to collaborate with the Metro Denver EDC in showcasing our community and state as part of a competitive megaregion, boasting a highly skilled talent pool and diverse key sectors.”

Central to this partnership is a commitment to fostering fair competition and cooperation among neighboring communities, ensuring that all parties work together towards shared economic goals. Endorsed by the Metro Denver EDC, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and numerous local economic development organizations across 11 counties, a regional Code of Ethics has been established. This agreement underscores a collaborative approach toward a collective action to enhance the economic well-being of the entire state. 

About Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

Often called a “center of influence,” the Metro Denver EDC was the nation’s first regional economic development organization. A division of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, from Castle Rock to Fort Collins and Golden to Greeley, we represent the 11 counties and 66 communities that contribute to our robust economy and incredible culture. As the economic development function of the broader Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the EDC serves a 11-county territory that represents two-thirds of the state’s population and three-quarters of the GDP. Learn more at

About Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
Serving as the area’s largest chamber of commerce and economic development organization, the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC works to build and maintain a superior business climate in which companies of all kinds can thrive. It supports existing and future local businesses to fuel a diverse economy and high quality of life. Learn more at