Monday 29 April, 2013
Lakewood is a Denver suburb to the city’s west that sits right at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Although it has always been a small community, it’s growing fast. It’s urbanizing in a good way, providing a great place to live and an ideal location for businesses. Lakewood is the most populous city in Jefferson County and the fifth most popular urban area in Colorado.
Between the City and the Mountains
Lakewood is a great place to live because it’s located right between the city and the mountains. From most parts of Lakewood, you can see the Denver skyline to the east. Everywhere in Lakewood you can see the Rocky Mountains to the west.
This is a great location for those who love the outdoors. It’s full of recreational parks and in just a few minutes’ drive you can be among the country’s highest mountain peaks. In addition to the many outdoors activities, it has historical sites, adventure parks, and lots of things to do for families.
As Lakewood grows, it’s becoming more cosmopolitan. It’s still not quite like Denver, but there are increasingly more shops, restaurants, and places to enjoy an evening out. In particular, it has a thriving arts scene that’s just starting to take off. Best of all, it doesn’t have all of the problems of the city like the traffic and crime.
The Benefits of Doing Business in Lakewood
The biggest advantage of Lakewood for businesses is that you’re close to Denver without paying the high rents. There are many ways to access the city by road and there is an RTD Light Rail line that extends from downtown to Lakewood. The northern part of Lakewood is also close to I-70, a major national highway artery.
Lakewood offers a variety of commercial spaces such as offices, retail shops, and industrial real estate. City zoning also permits those who run their small businesses at home to base their business in a residential area.
There is a great deal of development ongoing in Lakewood. In 2005, the city completed Belmar Center, a commercial space full of shopping, dining, conference rooms, and business services. Belmar Center is a step along the way to building a bigger business community in the Denver suburb.
Also with the aim of building a stronger business community, Lakewood’s Economic Development Division helps businesses with various services such as site location and financial help. It has many resources for start-ups and early stage businesses.
In addition to being close to Denver, Lakewood also gives you access to the high tech workforce of nearby cities Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins. The Rocky Mountain Front Range has one of the nation’s highest concentrations of tech workers.
An All American City
In 2012, the National Civic League named Lakewood an ‘All American City.’ More and more people are moving to the area and discovering its charms. They’re bringing with them more businesses, growing its local business community.