virtuous cycle

A look inside the virtuous cycle of economic development

When the economy is in a rut, we all seem to know it. So, isn’t it nice when the economy is pumping strong? We get a little raise, we have a little extra, we splurge a little more, and put a little extra away. It feels good. If that’s how you feel, it’s not your imagination. Unemployment in the U.S. is at a 50-year low. And, according to Moody’s Analytics, a record number of open […]

smart mobility

How smart mobility is changing life in Denver South

By Tyler Svitak It’s no secret that Colorado is growing. The Denver metro area alone, for instance, has grown by more than 1.6% since 2010, adding a significant portion of the 80,000 new residents that are moving to the state each year. Denver isn’t alone, either. Colorado was the second-fastest growing state in 2015, and Aurora, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins and even many of the mountain towns are experiencing growth that hasn’t been seen […]

entrepreneurs

Surge City: How to make Denver South an entrepreneurship destination 

According to the Downtown Denver Partnership, 163 startups were founded in the Denver city-center in the past year, employing 5,140 people, and these startups currently account for more than 8% of businesses and total 772 companies. Moreover, these companies have raised $598M in venture capital in the past year. The successful rate of new small businesses is no coincidence—it’s fostered by a variety of public, private, and non-profit interests and initiatives, not to mention a […]

engineering

Engineering in Denver South: Where new talent meets jobs

Denver South is home to 340 engineering companies that employ 6,820 people. And, these jobs pay well, with an average annual salary of $99,190. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey, Denver South has almost double the concentration of employment in architecture and engineering occupations, at 3.4 percent compared to 1.8 percent nationally. Why is Denver South an engineering hot spot? In part it’s because the region is home to a highly […]

technology

Supporting the ecosystem of tech: 3 lessons for Denver South in attracting and retaining tech companies

Colorado was recently named the #2 tech hub in the country for the second time in a row (previously in 2016) by the Milken Institute. Prior to the 2016 report, Colorado ranked fourth. These consistently impressive ratings mean that, when it comes to technology, the state is doing something right. But, what exactly? The Milken Institute’s 2018 State Technology and Science Index ranks states based on the quality of the factors that sustain their ecosystems […]