Tuesday 28 January, 2014
Denver is a pro-business community that offers incentives for start-ups that want to call the Mile High City home. One of the advantages of starting a business here is that there’s plenty of space for your business location. The Denver metropolitan area is surrounded by wide open spaces zoned for commercial use. As a result, it’s easy to find a cheap location for your business.
A Mountain Town?
Contrary to what many folks unfamiliar with Denver believe, it’s not a mountain town at all. Denver sits at the base of the mountains but it’s not in the mountains. In spite of sitting at an altitude of one mile, Denver is one of the nation’s flattest big cities.
The surrounding plains are under constant development to offer locations for businesses. This land was once agricultural farmland, but in the early 20th century, city planners opened it up for industry. It has served that purpose since.
A few years ago, Denver politicians started talking about opening an ‘aerotropolis.’ The inevitable reaction from the citizens was, ‘Huh?’ The aerotropolis is a new concept in city planning where a commercial area grows up around an airport, rather than the common practice in recent years of locating the airport in the hinterlands.
Denver is one city that is doing this. In 1994 it opened the Denver International Airport, a major travel hub that has been one of the most used airports in the world ever since. Like most commercial airports, it was located east of the city on Interstate-70, about a half-hour drive away.
Today, the area around DIA is a growing commercial center. It offers 9,000 acres of open space for businesses that need a reasonably priced location. It’s near the Denver International Business Center and in the future traffic to the area is expected to increase. The new RTD Fast Tracks train line is being built to connect downtown Denver to the airport area. RTD Fast Tracks is due to be completed in 2016.
A Growing Business Center
Development in Denver is always ongoing. The area around the airport isn’t the only location offering inexpensive commercial property. In the foothills of Denver’s western suburbs there are commercial properties for sale cheaply. The Denver Tech Center on the city’s southeastern edge offers commercial space in a thriving upscale community. Although the Rocky Mountains effectively stop the city’s growth to the west, there is plenty of room to grow in the northern corridor to Boulder, the southern corridor to Colorado Springs, and the vast eastern plains.
What’s especially nice is that the city and state offer incentives to help you find low-priced commercial space in these developments. Denver is decidedly pro-business and always has been. Add this to the fact that it’s centrally located, high tech, and a wonderful place to live, and Denver is clearly one of the best locations for your business.