I love being the bearer of good news! There's more good news about Denver. This information is from the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.
- Brookings Institution has named Colorado's Front Range as one of 5 "Mountain Megas". These are regions that are becoming the new economic and political centers of the central U.S. This rating is based upon rapid population growth, a well educated workforce and strong infrastructure.
- In it's American's Top States for Business ranking, CNBC named Colorado as the 5th best state for business. Colorado also ranked 10th for quality of life and business friendliness and 15th for workforce quality, access to capital, technology and the overall economy.
- KPMG International named Denver as 9th among the nation's 21 largest cities in a ranking of business-friendly tax structures.
- Money magazine recently named it's "America's Best Places to Live." Five Colorado cities ranked in the top 50. They were Ft. Collins at #2, Highlands Ranch at #12, Loveland at #33, Westminster at #44 and Longmont at #50. The cities were rated base upon income, diversity, crime rates, and things like sense of community and vibrancy.
- And some great news about Xcel. The Colorado unit of this company ranked #5 out of more than 50 U.S. utilities for the total amount of solar energy included in the power grid. The rankings were from the Solar Energy Power Association.
- Denver is #9 among the nation's top 25 cities for entry level job positions available. CollegeGrad.com released these ratings.
- Colorado ranked 10th among the 50 states in Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Ewing Maron Kauffman Foundation it's "2008 New State Economy Index." Criteria for the ranking looked at support of knowledge-driven, global economies with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Looking at population growth, job growth and unemployment, and the number of companies listed among the Fortune 100, S & P 500, and Russell 2000, MarketWatch ranked Metro Denver 3rd of the 50 U.S. cities in the best locations for businesses.
- Even the airport got in on the recognition. Health magazine's December issue rated Denver International Airport 5th out of the 10 "America's Healthiest Airports." Some of the reasons; a solar energy system, recycling system, and healthy restaurant choices.
- The American Planning Association in it's 10 best 2008 Great Places in America: Neighborhoods report named Denver's Park Hill neighborhood citing it's diversity, sense of community, and "memorable character."
The good news doesn't end there. Take a look at this article in the Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_11568331