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Area Development mag pegs Denver atop national ec-dev list

Area Development magazine placed Denver at the top of its list of U.S. metro areas ranked in terms of sustainable economic development.


The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in Colorado has a current population of almost 2.7 million. As of January 2015, the unemployment rate in Denver was 4.6 percent, a reflection of the 46,200 jobs the city added in 2014. An additional 45,000 jobs are expected to be created in 2015, representing a 3 percent growth rate. 

All three cities have similar diverse economies, including advanced manufacturing and other high-tech industries like aerospace, telecommunications, biotechnology, and clean energy. The Solar Technology Acceleration Center in Aurora is the largest test facility for solar technologies in the U.S. In fact, metropolitan Denver and the Northern Colorado corridor combined rank sixth in the country for clean-energy employment. 

Denver is also emerging as a financial services center. WorldRemit, a London-based financial services firm, recently announced it would open a North American headquarters and operations center in Denver. "Denver offers the perfect combination of a highly skilled workforce, supportive local authority, and idyllic location," says WorldRemit CEO Ismail Ahmed. "The city is gaining a reputation as a go-to destination for the burgeoning financial-tech sector and stealing the thunder of New York and Silicon Valley."

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Eric is a Denver-based tech writer and guidebook wiz. Contact him here.
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