DENVER – Adams County Economic Development (ACED) showcased Adams County last week to corporate site selectors visiting the region July 17-19 for its second-annual Site Selection Summit.
Five national site selection consultants participated in two days of industry tours and panel discussions with business and economic development leaders. The goal: To share information on the factors contributing to Adams County’s prosperity as Metro Denver’s second-fastest growing county.
The visiting consultants—from throughout the United States and Canada—represent Fortune 500 companies in their relocation and expansion efforts. They also specialize in Adams County’s expanding industries, including aerospace, aviation, bio/life sciences, energy, and manufacturing.
An industry tour on the site selector’s agenda included an afternoon at the Fitzsimons Innovation Community and adjacent Anschutz Medical Campus.
“The site consultants were astounded at this square mile of development which is not only one of the country’s newest health science campuses, but a place where researchers are collaborating to address global health challenges,” said Barry Gore, President/CEO of ACED. “They heard firsthand about groundbreaking research at the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center as well as the significant investment and years of planning and collaboration to make Fitzsimons/Anschutz the center of the bio/life science industry in the Rocky Mountain West.”
ACED’s economic development partners from eight area cities hosted the consultants, who participated in panel discussions with area business and community leaders on topics including economy/real estate, transportation funding and innovation, talent attraction and training, the role of Millennial CEOs, Spaceport Colorado, and the Aerotropolis development. They also dined with area business leaders to network and dig deeper on the advantages of doing business here.
After immersing themselves in the newest business developments in Adams County, the site selectors shared their perceptions of the County as well as advice to capitalize on these assets at Ascent: Our Competitive Edge, a breakfast attended by 250 business leaders on July 19 at Wedgewood at The Brittany Hill in Thornton.
Jim Renzas with THE RSH Group, a site selection and business services firm based in Mission Viejo, Calif., said the availability of workforce talent is crucial to today’s expanding companies.
“They want to know that they are in a place where they can attract the ‘best and brightest,’ ” he explained. “You have that here, with a really healthy advantage since the Metro Denver region is such a desirable place to live.”
Angelos Angelou, Founder and Principal Executive Officer with Angelou Economics in Austin, was impressed by the region’s investment and ongoing vision in transportation, noting a recent study by Transwestern ranking Metro Denver top in the country for transit-accessible office space.
“Your strongest asset is transportation,” said Angelou. “There’s no community that over-invests in transportation.”
Gregg Wassmansdorf with Newmark Knight Frank in Toronto, Canada, suggested the County work to build its market presence, overall product and messaging, and continue working regionally when it comes to branding.
The Adams County Site Selection Summit is a major initiative to promote the region as an ideal business expansion location. By collaborating with our communities and economic development partners, ACED is working to showcase Adams County’s infrastructure, workforce, and regional cooperation to a national audience of C-level executives and business decision makers such as site selection consultants.
About Adams County Economic Development (ACED)
ACED is a 501(c) 6 public/private, nonprofit, full-service economic development agency serving Adams County, its 10 municipalities, more than 10,100 businesses, and nearly 500,000 residents. ACED is committed to attracting and retaining primary employers by offering support in business development, workforce development, and real estate opportunities to create a pro-business community. For more information, follow us on Twitter.
About Adams County
Adams County, located in the northeastern quadrant of the Metro Denver region, offers a rich diversity of communities, lifestyle, employment, and business opportunities. It surrounds Denver International Airport and is served by multiple highways and two railroads. Major employment sectors include aerospace and aviation, healthcare and life sciences, energy, logistics, manufacturing, and wholesale/trade. Boasting diverse housing opportunities, a highly educated workforce, and close proximity to the region’s major colleges, universities and research facilities, Adams County offers a strong pro-business climate and outstanding quality of life for employees and companies. For more information, follow the County on Twitter.