Bioscience: In 2009, the region’s businesses employed 5,610 biotechnology
and pharmaceuticals workers and
9,480 workers in medical devices and
instruments production. Ten local higher
education institutions support the cluster
with bioscience programs and research
assets, as does the Fitzsimons Life
Science District and the Anschutz
Medical Campus in Aurora.
clean technology companies employed
more than 32,000.
Financial Services: The region is one of
the few areas outside of the Northeast
with a substantial financial services industry in three key market segments. A variety
of trade associations and service firms
support the region’s diverse financial services industry base of more than 11,930
companies and 93,950 employees.
throughout the region, employers are well
supported with recruitment assistance, and
employees have a rich resource for job
search tools, job placement and training.
Metro Denver’s employer base represents a cross-section of industries, with
seven key industry clusters targeted for
growth and expansion. These diverse
industries are critical to the economic
base of the nine-county metro Denver
and northern Colorado regions and are
primary targets for economic development efforts.
Broadcasting and Telecommunications:
Denver’s Mountain time zone location
makes it the largest U.S. region with
one-bounce satellite uplinks, which give
companies real-time connections to six
of seven continents. With a broad mix
of broadcasting and telecommunications firms, the region ranked fourth out
of the 50 largest metro areas for broadcasting and telecommunications
employment concentration in 2009.
Aerospace: More than 54,300 private
sector workers and military personnel
worked in Colorado’s aerospace cluster
in 2009. The state is home to four military
commands, eight major space contractors, and more than 300 aerospace
companies and suppliers. Colorado
ranked first among the 50 states for
private aerospace employment concentration in 2009.
Energy: The Rocky Mountain region is
a key fossil fuel production corridor
with large concentrations of coal, oil,
and natural gas. The region is also the
leader in energy research and clean
technology, which encompasses
renewable energy and energy efficiency activities. The region’s abundant
natural resources and several key energy research facilities have attracted
numerous clean technology manufacturers and their suppliers to the area.
Consider that, in 2009, fossil fuel and
Information Technology - Software: A
strong entrepreneurial spirit fuels this
small business-dominated cluster, which
employed 42,300 workers in the
region in 2009. According to a report
by the TechAmerica Foundation,
Colorado has the nation’s fifth-largest
employment base in software publishing. The state also ranked seventh in
total venture capital investment in
2009. More than 1, 100 Colorado
deals closed for a total of $528.8 million in investment. Investments in
biotechnology – including a major pharmaceutical deal – represented roughly
50 percent of the total venture dollars.
Denver has more than 500 large businesses – those with 250 or more workers – and the region’s largest employers
represent a diverse cross-section of
industries including aerospace, avia-
Aviation: Denver International Airport
and three reliever airports create a solid
foundation for the 15,690 workers
directly employed by aviation companies. The nine-county region ranked
10th among the nation’s 50 largest
metro areas for aviation employment
concentration in 2009.