Aurora is where the action is. Our strengths are numerous: abundant land for development, a pro-business environment, and opportunities for solid industry growth especially bioscience, aerospace and defense, and renewable energy. We are home to the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Fitzsimons Life Science District; Buckley Air Force Base; Front Range Airport; the nation’s largest solar energy research park; the E-470, I-225 and I-70 corridors; and adjacent to one of the top airports in the country, Denver International Airport (DEN). More than 350,000 people and 10,000 businesses choose to call Aurora home, making it the third most populous city in Colorado. Aurora ranks the sixth safest among cities of its size and offers an extensive range of services to create a livable, enjoyable community.

Current Population
351,200 people (as of 2015)

Source: Aurora Economic Development

Top Five Primary Employers

Company Industry # of Employees
Children’s Hospital Colorado Healthcare 5,250
Raytheon Company Aerospace and Defense 2,360
HealthONE: The Medical Center of Aurora Healthcare 1,690
Kaiser Permanente Healthcare 1,680
24-7 Intouch Customer Service Solutions 1,020

Source: Aurora Economic Development

Primary Industries
Aerospace and Defense
Transportation Logistics

Major Development Opportunities

Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center

The City of Aurora has for many years worked to invest in a conference center that could be a magnet for out-of-state tourist and business conferences. In 2010, the Aurora Economic Development Council and the City of Aurora started working with Gaylord to realize this vision.
The Gaylord Rockies will create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs. Independent economists project Gaylord will attract more than 450,000 new visitors to our area and contribute more than $273 million new dollars to Colorado’s economy each year. The project is structured to ensure the developers are accountable and deliver on their promises before receiving any tax incentives.

A Win for Aurora and Colorado

  • The $824 million Gaylord Rockies will be a 1,500-room hotel with more than 485,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting, pre-function and outdoor space, eight food and beverage outlets, a $25 million waterpark, and other high quality amenities. The development site is 85 acres and the total building area is 1.9 million square feet.
  • The hotel and convention center is built to the same quality and size specifications as other Gaylord properties to ensure Colorado can draw from the more than 300 groups that rotate Gaylord properties on an annual basis.
  • Located less than ten minutes from the Denver International Airport, one of the most well-traveled and accessible airports in the world, and 25 minutes from downtown Denver, the resort will be ideally situated for both business and leisure travelers.
  • Construction commenced in 2015 and the Gaylord Rockies will open in late 2018.
  • Produce 10,100 construction jobs.
  • Produce 2,546 permanent jobs, including 1,550 direct jobs.

Source: Aurora Economic Development, 2016

Anschutz Medical Campus and Fitzsimons Life Science District

  • A major contributor to Colorado’s bioscience industry is the Anschutz Medical Campus and Fitzsimons Life Science District in Aurora.  The redevelopment project consists of one square mile undergoing a $5.2 billion transformation.
  • As one of the largest medical-related redevelopment projects in the country, the Fitzsimons master plan calls for up to 18.5 million square feet of new construction dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, and research.
  • The site, which currently employees more than 16,000, is the home of  the University of Colorado Denver health sciences operations, the University of Colorado Hospital, The Children’s Hospital, the new Veterans Administration Hospital, and several other centers for healthcare, biomedical research and workforce development.
  • This project contributed $3.5 billion dollars to the state’s economy in 2008 with $1.4 billion generated in personal income.  By 2013, the site will employ 21,041 directly, contribute $4.5 billion annually to Colorado’s economy and generate $1.8 billion in personal income.  At build-out, the Anschutz/Fitzsimons site will be a $5.2 billion investment, consist of approximately 18.5 million square feet and employ 44,569 people (direct jobs, no multiplier).
  • Fitzsimons Village, developed by Corporex, is the first mixed-use development adjacent to the Anschutz Medical Campus that will bring 150,000 square feet of Class A office space, 16,000 square feet of retail space and a Spring Hill Marriott Hotel.  An additional 20 acres is available for further development by Corporex.
  • Approximately 6.4 million square feet of new and renovated building space has been constructed with another 3.3 million square feet coming online by 2013.  An additional 8.8 million square feet will be developed over time in response to private sector demand for bioscience research facilities and public demand for health care delivery and research.

Industrial Business Parks

  • Forest City is developing 184 acres of land zoned for mixed commercial use including a range of buy, lease and build-to-suit options. The development is a part of the Fitzsimons Life Science District which includes 578 acres of health care, education and research facilities, and it is located at the northwest corner of Colfax Avenue and I-225 in Aurora.
  • Gateway Park consists of 1,200 acres of mixed-use space including industrial facilities, office and retail space, hotels, and restaurants. Gateway Park is located at the northwest corner of I-70 and Peña Blvd.
  • Highpoint, developed by LNR, contains 1,800 acres of mixed-use, master-planned land including 10 million square feet of business park development, 500,000 square feet of retail development, 3,000 single-family and multi-family homes, a 500-room hotel and conference resort, 300 acres of open space and an 18-hole golf course.  The development is located adjacent to DEN at E-470 and Peña Blvd.
  • At build-out, Majestic Commercenter will be a 1,000 acre, master-planned development with 15 million square feet of manufacturing, warehouse, and distribution space.  The site is owned by Majestic Realty and is located at I-70 and Tower Road.
  • Porteos is a 1,287 acre, mixed-use A & C Properties development that is home to several commercial, industrial, retail and hotel businesses.  Porteos is located adjacent to DEN to the south.
  • Prologis Park 70 & EastGate have 1,673,240 square feet and will be home to 6.4 million square feet of distribution and warehouse space combined.  Prologis Park 70 & EastGate are located on 476 acres at the northwest and northeast corners of I-70 and E-470, respectively.

Contact Information
Aurora Economic Development Council
14001 E. Iliff Avenue, Suite 211
Aurora, CO 80014