Colorado Aerotropolis To Bolster Business Around Denver International Airport

Development of thousands of acres surrounding the airport will leverage the connectivity of air travel.

The Aerotropolis Regional Committee announced the official launch of the Colorado Aerotropolis, the thousands of acres of undeveloped land around Denver International Airport, opening the area for business. This land will further economic investment in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan region and bring together visionaries, manufacturers and industry heavyweights to leverage the economic strength of the region, a workforce of diverse talent and the capabilities of one of America’s most connected airports.

An aerotropolis is a dynamic urban plan in which the layout, infrastructure and economy are centered around an airport, leveraging the connectivity that air travel delivers to people and industries. Although residential development can be included in an aerotropolis, aerotropoli are typically focused more on commercial and industrial development — business parks, industrial buildings, distribution centers, commercial office bu$›ildings, and hospitality and entertainment venues.

“I am thrilled to celebrate our collective efforts in bringing forth the Colorado Aerotropolis. This project leverages the economic activity generated by our amazing airport and drives economic prosperity for the surrounding community for decades to come,” said Adeeb Khan, Executive Director of Denver Economic Development & Opportunity. “This achievement is a testament to the power of partnership and collaboration in government, and unwavering commitment to Denver and Colorado as a whole.”

The Colorado Aerotropolis is set to develop the land surrounding the Denver International Airport (Photo: Colorado Aerotropolis)

“Today marks a historic milestone for us at Adams County and our surrounding communities,” said Emma Pinter, Commissioner and Chair, Adams County. “We have worked closely for several years to bring this vision to life and help secure a stable future for Colorado families by finding collaborative and innovative ways to bring new jobs and opportunity. I join in celebrating with my fellow committee members in marking this incredible, pivotal step in Colorado’s economic expansion.”

“Colorado has one of the most educated workforces in the nation, not to mention top-ranked research universities and innovation labs that are well-connected to key industries,” Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman said. “Colorado Aerotropolis will provide companies direct access to all Colorado has to offer, joining current powerhouses like the Gaylord Rockies, Fitzsimons Innovation Community, and Anschutz Medical Campus.

“As the third busiest airport in the United States and sixth busiest in the world, DEN provides vital connectivity to people and industries that can help drive new business opportunities and compatible development near to the airport but also in the entire region,” said Phil Washington, Chief Executive Officer, Denver International Airport.

“Colorado has seen exponential growth over the past several years, and the aerotropolis will further expand opportunities and investment in the great state of Colorado,” said Mayor Greg Mills of the City of Brighton. “We are proud to partner with our neighbors to bring more high-quality employers in growing industries like healthcare and manufacturing and strengthen our bustling economy.”

The Colorado Aerotropolis is for purpose-driven organizations in industries such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agriculture, renewable energy, and healthcare that are interested in calling Colorado home. The aerotropolis is already nurturing innovation in renewable energy, aerospace, transportation, and smart city technologies and hopes to attract additional businesses that rely on time-sensitive manufacturing, given its proximity to the airport.

“An aerotropolis is a concentrated area that allows innovation, opportunity, and development to flourish, creating broad economic returns to the larger region,” said Mayor Jan Kulmann of the city of Thornton. “The Colorado Aerotropolis provides a unique investment for companies who want to tap into Colorado’s diverse and highly skilled workforce that will build on the region’s success and bring ambitious visions to life.”

“The Colorado Aerotropolis also provides companies a united and strategic way to capitalize on the opportunity through our joint partnership and collaboration,” said Commerce City Mayor Steve Douglas. “Together, we can pool resources, ideas, and planning to bring together the best solutions for development across a broad variety of industries.”

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