Tuesday 02 April, 2013
Each year, Denver ranks highly in surveys for its abundance of high tech workers. In 2010, there were nearly 160,000 skilled tech workers, which is an incredible number when you consider the city’s population relative to that of others. This talent pool includes a wide range of skills and specialties that are indispensable for any tech business.
A Pioneering Tech City
Denver has long been the home of pioneering companies from massive telecom corporations like Qwest and Comcast to internationally known startups that started small like MapQuest. It has a long legacy in the tech world as a center for the aerospace and telecom industries, and it was a major center of technological innovation during the dotcom bubble. All of the good jobs available brought talent from around the country.
Colorado calls its many high tech workers its economy’s ‘advanced technology sector.’ This includes computer and electronics manufacturing, transportation equipment manufacturing, and software publishing. The state has always nurtured its advanced technology sector, knowing well that it drives growth in other areas of the state’s economy.
More Funding for Tech Companies
Things have died down a bit since the flush days of the dotcom boom, but Colorado’s pro-business state government is doing its best to change that. In January 2013 lawmakers proposed legislation establishing a fund to bring more tech companies to the state. It would set aside a $20 million fund for advanced tech sector industries. This would not only create more jobs and fuel the economy directly, but also allocate funds for research and infrastructure. This will result in more opportunities for workers and developing their talents.
Front Range Tech Towns
Denver isn’t the only place on the Rocky Mountain Front Range that’s a hotbed of high tech workers. The state of Colorado tied for third place with Maryland in 2010 for the state with the most tech workers. This was helped by other cities like Boulder, which ranks second to Silicon Valley for the number of tech workers calling it home. Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and other smaller Colorado towns also have thriving tech industries. Businesses based in Denver have access to these workers and their talents.
Denver’s demographics also make it a great place for tech workers. It’s one of the fastest growing regions in the world and has always had high levels of employment. It was recently named one of the country’s most educated cities because of its high rate of high school and college graduation. Most of its local colleges and universities have a tech focus or departments where innovative technological research work is being conducted.
What this means for your tech business is that Denver is a great city to call home. You not only have a city with excellent infrastructure, business opportunities, lots of sunshine and mountains on the horizon, but also a pool of talent to help your company succeed.