Where the ground floor starts a mile high

Colorado Aerotropolis is bringing 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.1

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Space to imagine the future

Against the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Aerotropolis rises. The thousands of acres of undeveloped land on and around Denver International Airport (DEN) represent a unique opportunity to demonstrate how collaborative, responsible development can benefit the citizens and communities of Colorado—and lead to life-altering global innovations.

Colorado Aerotropolis is a forward-looking model for development that builds on the region’s success and creates opportunities for purpose-driven organizations to bring ambitious visions to life. Advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agriculture, renewable energy and healthcare are only a few of the industries of the future that call Colorado home. Built on a solid foundation but growing by leaps and bounds with artificial intelligence (AI), technology and innovation, these industries are poised to transform the way we live and work.

Welcoming innovators in:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • AI
  • Blockchain
  • Electronic components
  • Engineering
  • Machine learning
  • Medical instruments
  • Robotics
  • Software development
  • 5G technologies
  • ... and beyond

We're redefining what manufacturing, code and advanced engineering can make possible for the world. Our concentrated technology talent and local education-to-industry pipeline supply the skills, network infrastructure and clarity of vision to transform industries.

  • Advanced aircraft
  • Aerospace
  • Alternative transportation
  • Electric vehicle batteries
  • Engineering
  • Logistics
  • Next-generation vehicles
  • Robotics
  • Software development
  • 5G technologies
  • ... and beyond

Colorado Aerotropolis is the ideal testing ground for the next generation of transportation. With the nearby Colorado Air and Space Port and 1,430 aviation and aerospace companies in the metro area,2,3 we're drawing in the brightest minds in commercial transportation.

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • AI
  • Alternative energy
  • Animal health
  • Animal nutrition
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Automated farming equipment
  • Circular packaging design
  • Data science
  • Drone mapping
  • Engineering
  • Infrastructure development
  • Irrigation
  • Seed genome
  • Urban planning
  • ... and beyond

For a planet needing additional resources, the time for agricultural innovation is now. With nonstop flights to other major centers for ag-tech around the world, industry pioneers in Colorado—many clustered in the Colorado Aerotropolis region—can work with international partners, combining their unique advantages to develop a more sustainable global food supply.

  • Advanced equipment design
  • Agrichemicals
  • AI
  • Bioscience
  • Built environments
  • Data science
  • Environment agent analysis
  • Human movement
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational therapy
  • Prosthetics
  • ... and beyond

Colorado has earned an enviable reputation for its world-class healthcare systems, practitioners, creators, entrepreneurs and research facilities. With direct routes to major domestic and international health centers, Colorado Aerotropolis brings together the talent and resources needed to reconstruct healthcare so people everywhere can live healthier lives.

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Biofuels
  • Data science
  • Engineering
  • Extraction technology
  • Grid technology
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable plastics
  • Water efficiency
  • ... and beyond

Anchored by the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Colorado is a leading hub of sustainability exploration and innovation. Our state is committed to using clean resources and technologies responsibly, and Colorado Aerotropolis provides the space to make life-changing discoveries in sustainability.


Who we are

A bold catalyst for Colorado and you

A hub of opportunity for high-quality employers that will create jobs, invest in the community and strengthen the economy, Colorado Aerotropolis is the shared vision of Adams County; the cities of Aurora, Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights and Thornton; the City and County of Denver; and Denver International Airport. This coalition of committed partners offers more than ever to business leaders: acres upon acres of possibility, top-tier talent, industry diversity, global multimodal transport networks and proximity to the third busiest airport in the world.4 Together, we are a collective of change-makers shaping Colorado Aerotropolis into a global business hotspot.

One region.
Eight invested partners.

Hover over each logo to view the Colorado Aerotropolis region and our points of contact.

Adams County

Lucas Workman

Economic Development Manager

Jenni R. Hall

Community and Economic Development Director


City of Aurora

Wendy Mitchell

President and CEO, Aurora Economic Development Council

Kat Middleton House

VP, Aurora Economic Development Council


City of Brighton

Robin Martinez

President and CEO, Brighton Economic Development Corporation


City of Commerce City

Jason Dennison

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Brian Phetteplace

Interim Economic Development Director


City and County of Denver

Deborah Cameron

Acting Executive Director and Chief Business Development Officer, Denver Economic Development and Opportunity

Turid Nagel-Casebolt

Director of Business Development, Denver Economic Development and Opportunity


Denver International Airport

Ken Cope

Manager of Regional Affairs, Government Affairs and Global Public Policy


City of Federal Heights

Tim Williams

Community Development Director


City of Thornton

Adam Krueger, CEcD

Economic Development Director

Julie Jacoby, CEcD

Deputy Economic Development Director


The strengths of Colorado, our region and beyond can be yours.

#3best state economy in the U.S.5
#3best-educated state in the country6
16Kacres of available land at Colorado Aerotropolis
#3most connected airport in the country1
28nonstop international destinations served at DEN as of December 20237


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