The goal was to expand the pipeline of
highly skilled workers in the region’s
fastest growing industries: aerospace,
bioscience, energy, and information
technology, and to implement a
transformational approach to regional
workforce development, and that has
proven successful in expanding the city’s
economic and business appeal.
In 2013, the Colorado Department of
Transportation spent $100 million on
projects. The Regional Transportation
District spent nearly $2 billion in 2012 and
2013 on FasTracks projects that will
connect the Metro Denver region with 140
miles of new light, rail, communter rail, and
bus rapid transit, with four rail lines
opening in 2016.
In addition, with several Colorado
Workforce Centers strategically located
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.
Aerospace: More than 58,000 private
sector workers and military personnel
worked in Colorado’s aerospace cluster
in 2013. The state is home to four
military commands, eight major space
contractors, and more than 300
aerospace companies and suppliers.
Colorado ranked second among the 50
states for private aerospace employment
concentration in 2013.
Aviation: Denver International Airport
and three reliever airports create a solid
foundation for the 15,910 workers
directly employed by aviation companies.
The nine-county region ranked 14th
among the nation’s 50 largest metro
areas for aviation employment
concentration in 2012, including
companies that manufacture aircraft and
provide air transportation services.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY
Rank Company Industry Nat’l Rank Employees* Headquarter Location
1 Arrow Electronics Wholesalers: Electronics & Office Equipment 141 16,500 Englewood
2 DISH Network Telecommunications 189 35,000 Englewood
3 Liberty Global Telecommunications 256 22,000 Englewood
4 Liberty Interactive Internet Services & Retailing 270 22, 100 Englewood
5 Newmont Mining Mining, Crude Oil Production 274 16,400 Greenwood Village
6 Ball Corporation Packaging, Containers 301 15,000 Broomfield
7 DaVita Inc. Health Care: Medical Facilities 311 53,400 Denver
8 Level 3 Communications Telecommunications 398 10,800 Broomfield
9 CH2M Hill Engineering, Construction 415 30,000 Englewood
10 Western Union Financial Data Services 445 9, 100 Englewood
11 Molson Coors Brewing Beverages 598 18,700 Denver
12 Emergency Medical Services Health Care: Pharmacy & Other Services 669 21,800 Greenwood Village
13 Echostar Network & Other Communications Equipment 689 4,000 Englewood
14 Chipotle Mexican Grill Food Services 763 37,300 Denver
15 QEP Resources Mining, Crude Oil Production 848 936 Denver
16 Whiting Petroleum Mining, Crude Oil Production 889 829 Denver
17 Liberty Media Entertainment 948 2,200 Englewood
*Total employees, not all located in Metro Denver; Source: Fortune magazine, May 2013.