The City of Thornton is the 6th largest city in the state of Colorado with room to grow. The City is only half built-out, offering plentiful opportunities for commercial development with easy access to I-25, I-70, and E-470, as well as to Denver International Airport. Thornton is located just 10 miles north of Downtown Denver and within an hour’s drive of all of the region’s major educational and research institutions.

Thornton, Colorado
Total Population: 126,000 (as of 2016)
Source: Thornton Economic Development

Primary Industries
Healthcare and Wellness

Largest Employers

Thornton, Colorado, a city of 126,000, has more than 25,000 jobs across all industry sectors.  Current major employment sectors in the City and in the North Metro region include Life Sciences, Built Environment and Professional Business Services. The majority of primary employment in Thornton is concentrated in and around the Washington Square Business Park.  This area is served by I-25, which provides the transportation artery for employees and products.

A full, searchable company database and GIS Mapping Tool is available in the “Find Companies” section of the Thornton Economic Development website at

Company Industry # of Employees
Dish Network Satellite TV & Equipment 500
Avaya, Inc. Telecommunications company 300
AMI Mechanical Commercial Mechanical Contractor 289
Sungard Network Solutions Inc. Information Technology 200
Allegro Coffee Company Coffee/Tea Manufacturing 200

Source: Thornton Economic Development, 2016

Local and Regional Real Estate Data

The City of Thornton has an appealing mix of available office, industrial and retail space. In Thornton, companies benefit from competitive lease rates and ample purchase opportunities. Thornton is also in the unique position of having land available for development along Interstate 25.

You can search available land and buildings in Thornton in the property search area located on Thornton’s economic development website at

Business Incentives

When you are deciding to locate or expand your business in Thornton, you have a partner at the Thornton Office of Economic Development to assist you. The City of Thornton has a wide variety of valuable economic development incentives available for new and existing businesses. They can tailor a package of available local, county and state incentives designed to help you identify all available resources for your business.

Informational Documents
Economic Significance Flyer
Thornton EZ
Primary Employer Incentive Policy

Major Development Opportunities

  • New Development Opportunities along the vibrant I-25 Corridor from Highway 7 to 84th Avenue.
  • Larkridge, at Hwy 7 and I-25, is home to 32 retailers and other businesses with nearly 1,000 employees in 750,000 square feet.  At full build out, the center will have 2 million square feet.
  • E-470 and I-25 is the home of a future, 700-acre Employment Center.  From office to light industrial uses, employers in this area will benefit from an ideal location to reach the metro area, northern Colorado, and the world through the easily accessible Denver International Airport.
  • A total of 450 acres is currently zoned Regional Commercial along I-25 between 136th and 144th Avenues.  The location offers excellent visibility to the 84,000 cars traveling per day along I-25 and is prime regional retail, entertainment, and hotel/convention center space.
  • Existing Properties for Primary Employment:
    • The Washington Square Business Park, east of I-25 and north of 120th Ave., is home to diverse employers, including Ascent Solar Technologies, Google, GeoEye, and many others.  Existing buildings and land are still available.
    • The North Valley Tech Center is located at 84th Ave. & I-25 and is home to Sungard Network Solutions, Kaplan College, and others.  Additional units are available for employers eager to maximize this great location to meet varied office needs.
    • Many additional properties offer quality homes to data centers, manufacturers, medical uses and others.  These include the former Qwest Building with its 7 stories at the intersection of I-25 and 120th Avenue; the Hunter Douglas campus, which boasts a 2003-built, 120,000 square foot manufacturing center, and a 58 acre campus; and the Pinnacle Center at Thornton Parkway and Grant.
  • Redevelopment Opportunities for Commercial and Retail:
    • The South Washington Street Corridor from 84th to 104th Avenue is the focus of multiple commercial redevelopment efforts.
    • One of the most active projects is the partnership between Regency Centers and the Thornton Development Authority (TDA) to redevelop the former Target store and surrounding area at 104th Ave. & Washington Street.
    • The Thornton Revitalization Advisory Board, appointed by Council, is focusing on both commercial and residential improvements in original Thornton, including the Thornton Shopping Center along Washington Street north of 88th Avenue.
    • A total of 25 acres of vacant land along Grant Street is owned by the TDA for office, medical and other uses.  These properties feature direct access from I-25 and lovely views of both Denver and the surrounding mountains.

Informational Documents
Central Thornton Business District Brochure
North Thornton BP Brochure
South Thornton BP Brochure

Contact Information:
Thornton Office of Economic Development
9500 Civic Center Drive
Thornton, CO 80229