Building the Future:
Denver South’s Engineering Industry

  • 6,820 engineering employees 
  • 340 engineering companies
  • $99,190 engineering average annual salary

The Denver South Corridor is home to one of the highest concentrations of engineering services employment anywhere in the nation and has the highest concentration of engineers out of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country. The engineering services cluster has been one of the region’s fastest growing clusters over the last five years. Between 2011 and 2016, employment in the engineering services cluster rose 18.6 percent, compared with 6.3 percent nationally

Build the future here. Why should you locate your engineering business in Denver South?

  • Colorado has one of the nation’s most educated workforces, ranking second among the 50 states for percentage of residents (39.2 percent) with a bachelor’s degree or higher. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey)
  • Denver South has a higher-than-average concentration of employment in architecture and engineering occupations. Approximately 3.4 percent of Denver South’s labor force is employed in architecture and engineering occupations, compared with the U.S. average of 1.8 percent. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates)
  • Lone Tree ranked among the best places in Colorado for millennial job seekers. The city’s millennial population increased over 50 percent from 2010 to 2013. (NerdWallet, 2015)
  • Metro Denver ranked as the fourth-best metro area for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals in 2016. Metro Denver ranked seventh for the projected number of STEM jobs needed by 2020. (WalletHub, 2016)
  • The Summer Engineering Experience for Kids, SEEK Denver, is a collaborative effort between Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and his Office of Children’s Affairs,  CH2M, Denver Public Schools, the National Society of Black Engineers, and local businesses. During the three-week period, 300 kids in grades 3-5 design, build, test, and troubleshoot various project toys while discovering the underlying math and science principles involved in these processes. (SEEK, 2017)
  • Three Metro Denver universities ranked among the nation’s top 100 graduate engineering programs in 2017. The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) ranked 32nd, Colorado School of Mines (CSM) ranked 56th, and the College of Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) ranked 67th. (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)
  • Five Metro Denver universities ranked among the nation’s “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” that offer doctoral degrees in 2016. The College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder ranked 32nd, CSM ranked 44th, the College of Engineering at CSU ranked 75th, the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Denver ranked 151st, and the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver ranked 183rd. (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)
  • CSM in Golden ranked among the top-10 schools in the nation for an engineering degree in 2016. (College Factual, 2016)
  • CSM ranked among the “Top 21 STEM Colleges of 2016.” CSM’s most popular areas of study included at least 40 percent of students in STEM. (Forbes, 2016)
  • CU South Denver offers classes and certificates in engineering. The Integrated Construction, Management and Leadership certificate is an interdisciplinary program to train designers, architects, engineers, and business entrepreneurs and update existing skill sets.
  • CSU offers graduate-level courses that are part of the university’s College of Engineering, Systems Engineering program. Through the CSU Denver South initiative and partnerships with local companies, courses are offered both in-person and online to cover the core curriculum needed for completion of a master’s or Ph.D. in systems engineering from CSU. CSU Denver South provides convenient educational opportunities to students where they live and work, addressing the workforce needs of local industry. (Colorado State University, 2017)
  • The University of Denver completed a new $60 million, 110-square-foot expansion of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2016. The addition nearly doubled the existing school’s space and includes new engineering and manufacturing technologies, laboratories, and classrooms. The school partners with companies to deliver comprehensive continuing education and training programs to ensure that employees are equipped with the engineering skills to meet the evolving workplace. (University of Denver, 2017)
  • CU Denver is the only institution in the area where working professionals can earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering entirely through evening studies. The College of Engineering and Applied Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs in bioengineering, civil engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The Department of Bioengineering is the first of its kind in Colorado.
  • Colorado ranked fifth on Forbes’ 2016 “Best States for Business” list. The state received its highest rankings for labor supply (first overall), economic climate (second overall), growth prospects (third overall), and regulatory environment (ninth overall).
    Metro Denver ranked No. 2 among Forbes’ 2017 “Best Places for Business and Careers” ranking in the top two for the third-straight year.
  • Denver South’s office rental rates averaged $24.51 per square foot in the first quarter of 2017, making the region’s office market highly competitive with other major markets in the U.S.
  • Colorado has one of the nation’s most favorable corporate income tax structures. The state’s corporate income tax rate of 4.63 percent is one of the lowest in the nation and is based on single-factor apportionment, which allows companies to pay taxes based solely on their sales in the state.
  • The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metropolitan area ranked among the top 10 for economic development and job growth in the “Leading Locations for 2016” list. Areas recognized in the study exhibited economic strength and capacity to support business prosperity.
  • Colorado has the nation’s ninth-best tax climate for entrepreneurship and small business. (Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, 2016)
  • Colorado ranked among the top five “Best States for Small Business Friendliness” in 2016. Denver received an “A-” grade for overall friendliness.(Thumbtack.com, 2016; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 2016)
  • Three Metro Denver universities ranked among the nation’s top 100 graduate engineering programs in 2017. The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) ranked 32nd, Colorado School of Mines (CSM) ranked 56th, and the College of Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) ranked 67th. (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)
  • Five Metro Denver universities ranked among the nation’s “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” that offer doctoral degrees in 2016. The College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Boulder ranked 32nd, CSM ranked 44th, the College of Engineering at CSU ranked 75th, the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU Denver ranked 151st, and the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Denver ranked 183rd. (U.S. News & World Report, 2017)
  • CSM in Golden ranked among the top-10 schools in the nation for an engineering degree in 2016. (College Factual, 2016)
  • CSM ranked among the “Top 21 STEM Colleges of 2016.” CSM’s most popular areas of study included at least 40 percent of students in STEM. (Forbes, 2016)
  • CU South Denver offers classes and certificates in engineering. The Integrated Construction, Management and Leadership certificate is an interdisciplinary program to train designers, architects, engineers, and business entrepreneurs and update existing skill sets.
  • CSU offers graduate-level courses that are part of the university’s College of Engineering, Systems Engineering program. Through the CSU Denver South initiative and partnerships with local companies, courses are offered both in-person and online to cover the core curriculum needed for completion of a master’s or Ph.D. in systems engineering from CSU. CSU Denver South provides convenient educational opportunities to students where they live and work, addressing the workforce needs of local industry. (Colorado State University, 2017)
  • The University of Denver completed a new $60 million, 110-square-foot expansion of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2016. The addition nearly doubled the existing school’s space and includes new engineering and manufacturing technologies, laboratories, and classrooms. The school partners with companies to deliver comprehensive continuing education and training programs to ensure that employees are equipped with the engineering skills to meet the evolving workplace. (University of Denver, 2017)
  • CU Denver is the only institution in the area where working professionals can earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering entirely through evening studies. The College of Engineering and Applied Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs in bioengineering, civil engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The Department of Bioengineering is the first of its kind in Colorado.
  • Metro Denver is the largest region in the U.S. to offer one-bounce satellite uplinks to six out of seven continents in one business day due to its unique geographic location in the Mountain time zone.
  • Denver South boasts a close proximity to Denver International Airport (DEN) and Centennial Airport.
  • Denver South is supported by access to national and global business hubs through a strong transportation infrastructure that includes three major highways and light rail
  • Metro Denver’s central U.S. location on the 105th meridian at the midpoint between Tokyo and Frankfurt makes it a strategic choice for conducting national and international business.
  • More than 1,000 miles from the nearest coast and outside of Tornado Alley, Metro Denver’s risk of natural disasters is minimal compared with locations in the east, west, and south.

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