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which also helps the metro area’s thriving
business climate. In 2013 Colorado’s
institutions of higher learning received
hundreds of millions of dollars in research
grants. The University of Colorado at
Boulder received $351.9 million in sponsored research awards; the University of
Colorado at Denver won $19.1 million;
the University of Colorado at Colorado
Springs was awarded $7.8 million; and the
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical
Campus received $395.2 million.
An example of one such grant is the Alpha
Foundation for the Improvement of Mine
Safety and Health, which awarded a $10
million research grant to the Colorado
School of Mines for two projects to improve
work safety conditions for miners.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Not surprisingly, Colorado’s high-tech
economic base and beautiful setting attract
people from around the United States.
Many of the people who live in the Denver
metro region are highly skilled and highly
educated workers who moved to the area
to take advantage of the well-known quality
of life Coloradans enjoy. Denver’s outdoor
beauty is one reason the city’s population
grew more than 8 percent between 2010
and 2013. In 2014 the city was in the top ten
fastest growing cities in the country, with
this growth predicted to continue over the
next ten years. This rate of growth creates a
very favorable climate for business.
Combine metro Denver’s outstanding recreational opportunities, beautiful scenery, top
cultural amenities, and four professional
sports teams, and it’s no wonder employees
across the U.S. are clamoring to relocate
here. There’s a lot to love.
Thousands of acres of open space and
one of the largest public parks systems in
the United States give employees and their
families the chance to hike, bike, and snowshoe right in their own backyards. To top
it off, the ski slopes and quaint mountain
towns are just a short drive away.
STATE AND FEDERAL
State and local government support also
encourages Denver’s business growth. The
U.S. Department of Labor awarded the
Denver region and Northern Colorado area
a four-year, $15 million Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development
(WIRED) grant in 2006.
The project’s goal was to transform work-
force development in the region by bringing
more highly skilled workers to the area’s
fastest growing industries, which included
aerospace, bioscience, energy and infor-
mation technology. The project has proven
successful in making the area a destination
for employee relocation and expanding
The Colorado Department of Transportation has spent hundreds of millions of
dollars on projects in the last few years. The
Regional Transportation District’s Fas Tracks
project opened in 2016 and connects the
metro Denver region with 122 miles of new
commuter and 18 miles of bus rapid transit,
with four rail lines.
Additionally, several Colorado Workforce
Centers are located throughout the region,
leaving employers well supported with
recruitment assistance and employees with a
rich resource for job search tools, job placement and training opportunities.
A cross-section of industries make up the
employment base in Metro Denver, with
eight industry clusters targeted for growth
and expansion in the near future. The nine-county metro Denver and Northern Colorado
regions depend on these diverse industries for
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