By: Skylar Colclazier
April 2, 2015, marked a day of celebration and recognition for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) as it hosted its 11th Annual Meeting and Awards. The Seawell Grand Ballroom was a place of joy and tribute to those involved in making 2014 “a banner year” (metrodenver.org, 2015).
The Metro Denver EDC meeting covered the six main initiatives to expand the region’s economy:
- Mobility – create a region that proactively solves its traffic and congestion problems
- Tax Reform – develop a tax and regulatory environment that encourages business development
- New and Existing Business – develop and expand the region’s business base
- National Marketing – promote Metro Denver’s business assets and top industries
- Denver International Airport/International Flights – develop more international flights to advance global business
- Special Opportunities – capitalize on opportunities as they arise to act in the region’s business interests (metrodenver.org, 2015).
In terms of the initiatives, Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver EDC stated, “In 2014, our economy experienced one of our greatest growth periods.” Additionally, “Multi-millions of dollars in new hospitals, transit, DIA and commercial building helped to rank [Colorado] as one of the top states for infrastructure construction—a good sign to national site selection consultants that we are a region with vision.”
Looking at the new players in Stapleton (at a micro level) and Denver (at the macro level) there is evidence to support Mr. Clark’s claims. Stapleton recently welcomed Fedex Express, Coca-Cola Swire, Panera and others to Enterprise Business Park. The Metro Denver EDC recognized Ardent Mills’ newly formed corporate headquarters in Denver, Lockheed Martin’s new Commercial Space headquarters and Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company’s North American headquarters.
We can’t help but wonder who will join the rankings next in America’s 6th fastest growing city (Forbes, 2015) and where they will plant their roots?