tion, bioscience, financial services, and
With major employers located through-
out metro Denver, the region has a
good geographic balance of employ-
ment centers. In fact, two metro Denver
companies – Liberty Media and
Western Union – were named to
Fortune magazine’s 2010 list of The
World’s Most Admired Companies.
The state is also good for growing busi-
nesses, and metro Denver reaps the ben-
efits of that. In 2009, Colorado ranked
sixth in the nation for research money
obtained from the Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) program. That
year, Colorado recipients secured 281
awards totaling $92.2 million in SBIR
funds. Colorado ranked fourth in the
nation for Small Business Technology
Transfer Program (STTR) funds with 33
awards totaling $12.8 million.
Technology and entrepreneurship are
hallmarks of the state – and of Denver.