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Companies In Denver

Denver Has An Attractive Business Climate


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Many companies in Denver find the metro area as an ideal place to build and grow a business.  The Denver area has numerous technology centers, office parks, and industrial complexes, from which to find an exciting career. On top of that, Denver's workforce is well educated, too. Many companies in Denver have found that the combination of a quality workforce, the attractive business climate, and the overall quality of life a very compelling combination that helped encourage their businesses to relocate to the Denver area.   

Denver Area Gets Frequent Top Accolades

For the past five years, Denver has graced FORTUNE magazine’s list of “Best Cities for Business."  Each year since 2001, Denver has been one of Dun and Bradstreet’s “Top 10 Cities for Small Business."  With Denver's highly educated populace and entrepreneurial spirit, companies in Denver are performing quite well.denver_international_airport snow capped rockies teflon roof  

Diverse Employment Base

Denver's largest employers represent a diverse cross-section of industries, ranging from aerospace, telecom, energy, financial services, medical and biomedical, retail, computer hardware and software development, government, and transportation.

The Workforce

Forbes Magazine deemed Colorado to have one of the two best labor pools in the country.  Colorado has a diversified employment base across a broad range of industry sectors. A young and skilled and growing workforce makes a critical contribution to these companies in Denver, and to the vitality of the Colorado economy.

High Education Standards

norad cheyenne mountainDenver area companies employ some of the most highly educated personnel in the nation.  The workforce is technically savvy, and contributes to the advanced technology and service industries of the future.  Almost 90% of working adults are high school grads.  The Denver area and surrounding Front Range communities have one of the highest concentration of college graduates across the nation.

World Class Research And Education Facilities

Colorado has a strong base of companies in Denver that are involved in high-growth, high-tech fields. Most of the net new jobs created in these sectors, are in small and medium-sized firms.  Colorado has the highest concentration of high-tech workers, with 89 out of every 1,000 private sector workers in a high-tech job, according to AeA's 'Cyberstates'.  World-class educational programs and research facilities and a state commitment to supporting customized job training programs assure that Colorado's workforce skills will remain cutting edge, allowing employers to compete in a global economy.  Colorado's workforce drives its economy, contributing to nation leading job growth prospects, as documented by the Corporation for Enterprise Development.


Colorado's most recently published annual average wage rate for all industry sectors was $47,510. Colorado ranked 11th in the US for average wages, according to the 'Report Card for the states' and BizJournals (2012).


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Key Industries

1) Aerospace
2) Bioscience
3) Technology
4) Energy & Renewable Energy

Top State Business Incentives

1) Biotechnology Sales and Use Tax Refund
2) First & Existing Industry Customized Job Training
3) State of Colorado Business Tax Incentives

Gross Domestic Product

Colorado's GDP - $251 billion (2013) - Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce

Largest Companies In Denver And Colorado

American Medical Response – Emergency Response
Anthem - Healthcare
Ball Corp. – Aerospace & Technoligies
Centura Health - Healthcare
CH2M Hill - Engineering Services
Comcast - Television & Content distribution
Conoco - Fuel Refining
Coors Brewing Company - Brewing & Dining
DirecTV - Television & Content origination/distribution
Dish Network - Echo Star - Television & content origination/distribution
Exempla Healthcare, Healthcare
First Data Corp - Financial Services
Gambro - Medical Technology
Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company
Halliburton - Fuel and Energy refinement and distribution
Hospital Corporation of America dba HealthONE Colorado - Healthcare
IBM - Systems Technology
Kaiser Permanente - Healthcare
King Soopers/City Market, a division of Kroger - Grocery
Level 3 Communications - Telecommunications
Lockheed-Martin - Space and Aerospace technologies
Newmont Mining - Mining and Oil exploration
Quark - Publishing
CenturyLink Communications - Telecommunications
Raytheon - Defense Technology
RE/MAX International - Real Estate
Richmond American - MDC Holdings
Safeway Inc - Grocery
Oracle - Internet & Software Development
Suncor Energy - Energy and Oil Refinement/Distribution
Union Pacific - Railroad
United Airlines - Commercial Airlines
University of Colorado - Higher Education
University of Colorado Hospital - Healthcare
University of Denver - Higher Education
Walmart - Retail
Xcel Energy - Electrical Energy

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