As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on various industries, Denver continues to be a popular choice for businesses looking to relocate and expand.
According to the latest CBRE Scoring Tech Talent 2021 report, Denver is ranked 9th in the nation in technology talent. Part of the Mile High City's appeal includes its high number of people 25 years and older having a bachelor's degree (53 percent), large number of millennials, and the lure of the outdoors lifestyle.
The city is home to over 650,000 people and the metropolitan area’s population boasts 2.9 million. Local higher education institutions Regis University, the University of Denver, University of Colorado-Denver, Metro State University, and the Colorado School of Mines churn out an educated workforce, along with nearby University of Colorado-Boulder and Colorado State University. In addition, many of the jobs being established in the city are being filled with newcomers and people outside of the city.
Denver International Airport hosts the country’s third-largest domestic air service, and approximately 35,000 people work in many different industries and professions at Denver International Airport. Having access to a large, international airport is often a critical piece in determining where a company establishes a presence.
Furthermore, the State of Colorado offers tax incentives to attract large employers, and Denver is a great place to live thanks to its plentiful sunshine, invigorating outdoor activities, strong neighborhood character, and a myriad of independent businesses, including oodles of coffee shops, restaurants, and breweries.
Companies Setting Up New Locations in Denver
It’s not surprising that we’ve seen a steady influx of companies moving to Denver and others expanding their presence. Here’s a look at a few of the latest standouts since August of 2020.
This $20 billion data analysis software firm relocated its headquarters from Palo Alto, Calif., to Denver last year. It is expecting to have between 150-250 new employees in the city in the next few years. This publicly traded company has a $43 billion market cap. Palantir is a defense contractor that offers two software platforms: Gotham, defense and intelligence analysis software, and Foundry, a cloud-native SaaS central operating system for data.
A Berlin-based tech company, Contentful established a Denver presence last fall. The company helps manage, integrate and deliver content across every digital channel.
Sasaki, a global interdisciplinary design firm with offices in Boston, Mass., and Shanghai, China, opened a Denver office last fall to better serve clients throughout the Western United States and Canada. Sasaki will add team members locally and from its national and international offices in line with project work in the region.
Kleos Space S.A., a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, has estalished its prinicpal U.S.engineering presence in Denver. Kleos selected Denver as an ideal location to grow its U.S. engineering presence and to further draw on the region’s engineering and aerospace support services. Colorado is creating the foundation to become “Aerospace Alley” and build on its position as an aerospace leader, and to recruit ambassadors and industry officials to support the demand for talent in the state.
This commercial real estate brokerage firm launched a Denver office earlier this year. The company is unique in that it represents only tenants and buyers, thus eliminating any conflict of interest on commercial real estate transactions.
Dialectic is a Kansas City-based mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering firm opened a new office in Denver. The company is 100 percent owned by its employees, and "brings buildings to life across a broad range of verticals, including distribution, multifamily, retail/restaurants, cannabis, entertainment, senior living, hospitality and charter schools/higher education."
This ranch management software company has established its North American headquarters in Denver. The firm offers digital solutions for pasture management, improving livestock performance, feed costs, gross margins, and more, thus increasing productivity for ranches.
This resurgent company has relocated its headquarters from the New York City area to Denver. Their mission as a company? Make the turntable a convenient, household item. By focusing on prioritizing affordability and expanding its reach, this century-old company is reinventing itself from the Golden Triangle neighborhood.
To further serve the surging needs of the greater Denver area, Ro Pharmacy has opened a new pharmacy distribution center in Denver that will help its patients receive medications and treatments faster. Founded in 2017, Ro determined a pharmacy was required in the Rocky Mountain area since 10 percent of its customers live within the region.
Denver is now the U.S. headquarters for this document and data collection platform company that will provide 140 high paying jobs. This New Zealand based company helps businesses improve customer experience and increase productivity by simplifying the process of collecting documents and sharing information with customers.
Finder, an Australian fintech company that provides users with an app-based financial comparison tool for making decisions about personal purchases, has selected Colorado as its second U.S. hub. Finder’s new greater Denver area hub, which will be leveraged as they scale up, will house 198 net new jobs that include product managers, software engineers, and app developers.
Melio, a business-to-business payments platform in the U.S. for small businesses, selected Colorado for its western U.S. headquarters and plans to begin recruiting for 250 new jobs in the state. The global payments company headquartered in New York and founded in Israel, chose Colorado because of its centralized location, convenient access to domestic and global markets and its perennial talent attraction.
These companies that have recently moved to Denver exemplify why the city is such a great place to do business. If you’re relocating to Denver for work and need help figuring out which Denver neighborhood would be the ideal place for you to live, we’re here to help.
Posted by Pat O'Connor
Pat O’Connor has dual citizenship in both Wisconsin and Colorado, having been born and raised in Wisconsin Dells, but later adopted by the Centennial State. A graduate of the University of Colorado (B.S. Journalism, 1980), O’Connor began her career as a sportswriter at the Boulder Daily Camera under the tutelage of the venerable Dan Creedon. Her experience also includes stints in public relations at Aspen Highlands Ski Area, the Colorado Trial Lawyers and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. When she isn’t piecing together sentences, the self-proclaimed “Cheesehead” enjoys hanging out with her three kids and assortment of family pets, running, playing golf, hiking 14ers, horseback riding and skiing. As a mother to two (at one time three) competitive swimmers, her favorite fragrance is eau de chlorine. During football season, she can be found cheering for the Buffs on Saturdays and screaming when the Packers score on Sundays. She loves talking sports and giving recommendations on cheese curds.Facebook LinkedIn Twitter