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Denver is one the best places in the country to live, work and play. Denver is an energetic city that offers city adventure and many outdoor recreational activities. With numerous distinctive neighborhoods, including a vibrant downtown and historic district, Denver offers something for everyone.

Located near the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the city provides breathtaking views and over 300 days of sunshine annually. With all that Denver offers, it consistently tops lists of the most livable and healthiest cities in the country!


Contrary to popular belief, Denver is not in the mountains – it is near them. The “Foothills,” a gentle series of peaks ranging from 7,000 to 11,000 feet high, (2,133 to 3,353 meters high) start to rise 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of the city. Slightly beyond that is the Continental Divide and a series of peaks soaring to heights of 14,000 feet (4,267 meters) known locally as the “Front Range.” Denver itself is located on high, rolling plains. Although considered “Western” in character, Denver is actually located in the center of the country, just 346 miles (557 km) west of the exact center of the continental United States. With the exception of Kansas City, Denver is closer to the exact center of the nation than any other metropolitan area. The 13th step on the west side of the State Capitol Building is exactly 5,280 feet (1,609 meters) – one mile – above sea level. The seven county metro area covers 4,530 square miles – about three times the size of Rhode Island. Colorado covers 103,718 square miles.

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The region’s housing trends are changing. As more residents use transit, they also want to live near it. According to the Center for Neighborhood Technology, demand for housing near mass transit is on the rise. In addition, energy- and resource-efficient homes, also known as “green homes,” are growing in popularity. Metro Denver is taking charge of its future by proactively designing a multimodal infrastructure and intelligently planning residential, commercial, and retail development. The result is the nation’s leading model for smart growth, complete with one of the country’s most advanced transportation systems, new transit-oriented developments, and innovative mixed-use developments including Belmar, Lowry, and Stapleton.

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Denver Neighborhoods Golden Triangle/Museum District: This neighborhood

located south and east of the Denver Art Museum is coming alive with galleries and restaurants intermixed with new housing units. Just a short walk from downtown, it is becoming one of the most desirable new places to live in downtown. The 55 housing units in the plaza next to the Denver Art Museum were designed by world renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, offering people the chance to not only see art – but to live in it as well. The area is home to the Byers Evans House Museum, the U.S. Mint (with a museum on the history of coin production), the Colorado History Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and the Molly Brown House Museum and will be the new home of the Mizel

Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum. The art galleries in the area celebrate First Fridays with a free shuttle bus that takes visitors between the dozen galleries in the neighborhood, including fine Native Art Galleries and one of the nation’s oldest photography galleries. Close to the neighborhood is SoCo (South of Colfax). Denver’s newest and hottest club district is bordered by Lincoln, Speer and Colfax and features four clubs, all within walking distance of each other.

Uptown: 17th Street (known to

locals as “Restaurant Row”) runs through the center of Uptown, an eclectic new neighborhood east of downtown Denver. 17th Street is home to a dozen restaurants ranging from perennial favorites like Strings to newcomers Limon and Steubens. New housing in the area caters mostly to young people, as do many of the bars and restaurants springing up in the area and along Colfax Ave., dubbed “Coolfax”because of its number of hip clubs and bars.




The City and County of Denver are center city for economic activities including government, business services, transportation, product distribution and tourism. Denver is the state capital of Colorado

and with its’ diversified economy supports a diverse population. Central Denver is where is all begun so long ago. The neighborhoods are convenient to downtown and close to many attractions.

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Uptown is also a music center for Denver and the location of the Fillmore, a sister club to the famous Fillmore West in San Francisco. This intimate club holds only 5,000, but has hosted Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and other rock legends in an up-close-and-personal setting. Nearby, the Ogden (a former movie house) now hosts concerts for local and national bands.

Santa Fe Arts District: The six-block strip of Santa Fe Blvd. between 5th Ave. and 10th Ave. is the largest concentrations of art galleries in Colorado with nearly 30 galleries located in historic brick buildings and warehouses. Several thousand people attend the monthly First Friday event (held on the first Friday of the month), where galleries hold open houses from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There are also free walking tours of the historic neighborhood on First Fridays, while free shuttle buses connect the strip of galleries to the 10th and Osage Light Rail station. The neighborhood also features some of the city’s best Mexican restaurants and the Museo de las Americas, which showcases changing exhibits of Latino art from throughout Central and South America. During the holiday

season, the street is festively decorated with thousands of glowing luminaries. The Mexican holiday of September 16 is celebrated with El Grito de Independencia Fiesta by closing the street and having a fiesta with mariachi bands, food and dancing, low rider festival and more.

Riverfront: A decade ago, this was an area of abandoned cars and run down warehouses. Today, it is one of the most fashionable addresses in Denver. The area borders the South Platte River, which has been restored, cleaned and turned into a popular recreation site. Bike paths follow the twisting river for more than 40 miles, while kayak and rafting chutes have been placed in the stream at Confluence Park. The new Commons Park along the riverbank was the largest addition to Denver’s park system in the 20th Century. The neighborhood has several thousand new housing units, which have been built as lofts into old industrial sites and warehouses or as new freestanding units that keep the character of the area. At the southern end, Elitch Gardens Amusement Park hugs one bank of the river, while the Children’s Museum and Downtown Aquarium

are on the other. A bright yellow historic trolley runs along the river in the summer.

Dining ranges from old Denver favorites like My Brother’s Bar (a favorite hangout of the Colorado Symphony) and the always eclectic coffee house Paris on the Platte to some of the city’s newest hip restaurants, such as Lola and ForestRoom 5. Perfectly situated at the confluence of the city’s two longest bike paths, REI Flagship store offers 100,000 square feet of recreational equipment, much of which you can “test drive” before buying.

LoDo (Lower Downtown):

LoDo consists of 25 square blocks north of Larimer Street between 14th and 22nd streets. There are 125 designated historic buildings in the area, making it one of the largest concentrations of Victorian and turn-of-the-century architecture in the nation. Since the opening of Coors Field in 1995, the neighborhood has undergone a transformation. Many of the 12,000 new housing units in downtown Denver are located in this area, offered in a mixture of eclectic new buildings and restored warehouse loft projects.

There are 90 brewpubs, sports bars, restaurants and coffee houses in the neighborhood, most of them located in old buildings with exposed brick walls. Several restaurants have rooftop cafes offering a great place to view a Rocky Mountain sunset. Old favorites of the neighborhood include the Wynkoop Brewing Company, the first brewpub in Colorado, and El Chapultepec, ranked by Esquire Magazine as one of the best bars and jazz club in the nation. New restaurants, such as Vesta Dipping Grille, Tamayo and Rioja, have received national recognition. Shopping in the area includes a selection of art galleries, the famous Tattered Cover Bookstore and Rockmount Ranch Wear, the company that invented the snap button Western shirt that is currently a favorite of rock stars.

Highlands: Highlands is Denver’s latest “it” place to be. This community, with a distinct Hispanic heritage, has been featured in Travel + Leisure Magazine as well as National Geographic Traveler. The 250-acre section northwest of downtown has experienced amazing growth and changes over the past few years, and is overflowing with trendy restaurants, bars, and shops.

Square serve up an array of fare, including Mexican and Caribbean cuisine, seafood and sushi. Pubs, as well as wine, sake and martini bars play a big part in giving this area a fun, lively ambiance.

Another area of interest in Highlands is Tennyson Street, with a number of art galleries, where you can spend an afternoon browsing antique prints, photographs, and paintings from local artists. You’ll also find a few live Three diverse commercial districts music venues and some great Italian and Mexican food. – Lower Highlands (LoHi), Highlands Square and Tennyson Street If you’re looking for a neighbormake Highlands Denver’s largest hood on the verge, look no further neighborhood. Highlands Square than Lower Highlands. Spanning at 32nd and Lowell is a charming both sides of the Highland Bridge, neighborhood of quaint bouLoHi is a great place to shop, eat, tiques and restaurants, situated stroll and relax. among bungalow-style houses. Source: Visit Denver, Convention and Visitors Bureau Here, you’ll find shops offering anything from books and gifts to fine lingerie and contemporary fashions. Restaurants in Highlands

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formation provides separation from the metro area. There are about 500 people living in Morrison. Most people know Morrison for its location at the base of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre or nearby Bandimere Speedway. Other attractions include Morrison Natural History Museum and Dinosaur Ridge, a world-renowned paleontological outdoor museum.

Evergreen (Foothill Community)

30 miles west of Denver in the foothills lays the community of Evergreen, a desirable location for those wanting to live in the mountains and commute to Denver. There are about 9,000 residents in the city of Evergreen.

Arapahoe County


Welcome to Arapahoe County, Colorado – the state’s first county and one of the largest with a population of more than 530,000. Arapahoe County was named for the Arapaho Indians, who along with the Cheyenne Indians, occupied most of Colorado when it was only a territory.


Arapahoe County is home to the Denver Tech Center, Buckley Air Force Base, Anschutz Medical Campus, Fitzsimmons Life Sciences District, Centennial Airport, the Denver Bronco’s Football Team and some of the nation’s biggest companies. Arapahoe county has many housing options and one of the lowest mill levies in the Front Range. Recreation is your choice from golf to parks, recreation centers, and trails, the Aurora Reservoir and Cherry Creek State Park and Reservoir.


Aurora (City)

Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city. At 151 square miles, the city reaches into Arapahoe, Adams and Douglas counties. Aurora’s strategic comprehensive plan emphasizes the formation of livable, full-service neighborhoods. Tree-lined streets, open prairie, majestic views of the mountains and ample neighborhood parks make Aurora neighborhoods the ideal place to call home. Over 450 neighborhoods complete the fabric of the community.

Just minutes away from Denver International Airport (DIA), Aurora is home to a vibrant business environment, including major industries such as aerospace, which includes Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Boeing Company, military, Buckley Air Force Base, high-tech, biotechnology and health care, distribution and manufacturing. The Fitzsimmons Life Science District and Anschutz Medical Campus redevelopment project consisting of one square mile is undergoing a 5.2 billion transformation. This site will eventually employ more than 44,569 people.

Education flourishes in Aurora, with five school districts and eight campuses of higher learning meeting the instructional needs of residents and those beyond the city limits.

Recreation includes 80 parks, 7 public golf courses, 7 outdoor and 3 indoor swimming pools and other recreational facilities.

Centennial (City)

Centennial in located in the southern metro Denver area. Colorado’s newest city, Centennial was incorporated in 2001 and has a population of 103,000 people. Centennial is a vibrant community that offers the benefits of city living and the pleasure of suburban and semi-rural life in beautiful and well-kept neighborhoods. A flourishing economy, diverse and friendly business climate and an array of amenities offers visitors, residents and businesses a high quality of life experience. The Denver Bronco’s are headquartered here in Dove Valley and the Centennial Airport, which is among the top busiest general aviation airports in the country, is also located in Centennial.

Cherry Hills Village (City)

The City of Cherry Hills Village is located south of Denver. Most of the City maintains a rural atmosphere and is one of the most beautiful and desirable communities in the greater metro Denver area. Cherry Hills Village is predominantly residential and now has a population of about 6,000 residents. The Cherry Hills Country Club and Glenmoor Country Club are located in the city, as well as, two private schools.

Glendale (Village)

Completely surrounded by the City and County of Denver, Glendale’s central location offers easy access to exciting retail and entertainment opportunities. The residents feel it’s the kind of community where it’s easy to get to know your neighbor. They value the City’s “Urban Village” feeling.

Greenwood Village (City)

Located south of Denver and Cherry Hills Village is Greenwood Village. With over 14,000 residents and a

Englewood (City)

Englewood is a full-service city that is centrally located within the Denver Metropolitan area. With outstanding access through the light real transit and proximity to Denver, Englewood’s location is ideal for business and residents. Englewood is proud of it’s’ employee base and businessfriendly government. There largest employer is Swedish Medical Center. Englewood offers small town convenience with big city amenities and is home to 32,191 residents and 2,388 businesses. Englewood also has 11 parks, an award-winning recreation center, a first-class golf course, and one of the most successful senior centers in the region.

Littleton (City)

Littleton’s history dates back to the “Pikes Peak” gold rush of 1859. Located south of downtown Denver, Littleton still has a small town feel with one of the few remaining original historic downtowns along the Front Range. The South Platte River runs north to south through the entire town making this town very desirable for living and recreation opportunities. South Platte Park is one of the largest suburban parks in the US. RTD’s Southwest Light Rail has two stops in Littleton. The population is approximately 41,519.

Adams County Adams County consists of new master-planned communities, established municipalities and rural farmsteads. The diverse economy consists of high-tech companies, agriculture, transportation and heavy industry. You will also find that Adams



Glendale’s 4,527 residents enjoy the City’s 35 acres of parks and open space, especially the Cherry Creek Trail that is popular with walkers, bikers and skateboarders. The City is renowned for its spectacular annual July fireworks show, which draws thousands of people and hundreds of corporate parties. It is also home to Infinity Park, the nation’s first municipally owned rugby stadium where the Glendale Raptors Rugby Team plays.

world-class employee center of over 36,000, the members of the Greenwood Village community appreciate and expect safe environments, beautiful settings and opportunities for recreation and leisure time activities.


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County is home of the Denver International Airport (DIA), Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge and Riverside, the region’s pioneer cemetery.

Northglenn (City)

Northglenn is a suburban community located 7 miles north of Denver. Northglenn began in 1959 as a planned community, and gained national recognition from LIFE magazine for its success in large-scale community development. The city’s nearly 37,000 residents enjoy small neighborhoods with easily accessible schools, convenient shopping centers, parks, lakes, open space, and outdoor recreational facilities. The community elements are connected by the Greenway Trail network, consisting of 22 miles of off-street walking and biking paths. When fully developed, the network will include 30 miles of trails.

Thornton (City)



Thornton is a diverse community with a strong commitment to quality of life and environmental issues. Thornton is located, 10 miles north of downtown Denver and adjacent to Interstate 25, provides high visibility for business while still allowing easy access to various transportation routes. With approximately 109,818 residents, Thornton has aggressively pursued recreation programs with nearly 1,000 acres of land developed or designated for public parks. The numerous lighted tennis courts, athletic fields, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, recreation centers and gymnasiums offer recreation opportunities for people of all ages and activity levels.

Brighton (City)

Brighton is located 20 miles northeast of downtown Denver. Brighton is the Adams County seat with a population of approximately 30,723. It offers a small-town atmosphere and a rich history. The area is seeing a lot of growth with new developments being built, but homes with acreage and space for horses are available as well. Vestas, the world’s leading supplier of wind power solutions, has recently announced plans to further expand its manufacturing presence by establishing a new blade factory and a Nacelle assembly factory in Brighton..

Commerce City (City)

Commerce City, a warehousing center and industrial area, expanded its boundaries creating a lot of new home construction. New home construction in the Northern Range offers easy access to recreation and employment. Buffalo Run Golf Course will build upscale homes around the golf course. Residents have 14 city parks and two major trails to utilize. A new project called The Prairie Gateway development is changing the face of 104th Avenue, and future commercial corridor on Tower Road and E-470 provide new and unique opportunities for the City. The Prairie Gateway is a 917-acre parcel of land located along the western edge of the Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge. This parcel of land promises the home of the new City Civic and Justice Center, the location of the new MLS Soccer Stadium for the Colorado Rapids, the new Environmental Learning Center

at the Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, youth sports fields, and a wealth of new retail and commercial space.

Westminster (City)

Westminster, know for its quality of life, is a growing suburban community that offers a wide choice of housing, excellent schools, and public facilities. With direct access to major highways, Westminster’s central location between Denver and Boulder puts it within easy reach of major business centers, retail centers, and a variety of entertainment and recreational facilities. Activities in Denver or Boulder are a 20-minute drive in either direction and the drive from Westminster to DIA take about 30 minutes.

Douglas County

Douglas County is one of the fastest growing counties in the US. Douglas County is located between Denver and Colorado Springs and over 80% of residents commute to one of these two cities.

With 39 million square feet of office space and employment of more than 300,000 people and an economic output of close to 25% of the state’s total, the county attracts small and large businesses including CH2MHill, Invesco and First Data. Douglas County features top rated schools, excellent shopping that includes Park Meadows Mall and the Prime Outlets of Castle Rock, and outstanding recreation opportunities that lure newcomers to the region every year.


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Shops, cafés and diversions….a world of natural wonders at arm’s reach. An inspired blend of condominiums and townhomes in one of the country’s Top 12 Places to Live. Welcome to Clocktower, in the haven of Highlands Ranch, where modern conveniences meet the tranquility of nature…low maintenance living, more time to play.

Highland Ranch (Master Planned Community)

Highlands Ranch is a 22,000 acre master-planned community which was founded in 1981. Highlands Ranch is located 12 miles south of Denver in Douglas County and offers a wonderful quality of life and opportunities for an active lifestyle. The community has a population of 93,477 in 29,040 single family homes and 3,305 apartments.

Lone Tree (City)



Lone Tree is located south of Denver in Douglas County. The City’s current population is 10,939 as of January 1, 2009 per Douglas County’s Demographic Division. Lone Tree, located in the Park Meadows Mall vicinity, is less than 20 miles from downtown Denver; it’s a short drive or light rail ride to see major league sporting events and world-class theatrical and musical performances. Denver International Airport (DIA) is less than 25 miles from Lone Tree, providing commuting convenience for business or leisure travelers.

Parker (Town)

Parker is located 20 miles southeast of Denver. The town was founded in 1864 and incorporated in 1981. One of the fastest growing communities in Colorado, Parker continues to enjoy managed growth while maintaining a smalltown atmosphere. Parker has 200 acres of developed parkland including an equestrian park, a state-of-the-art recreation center, 700 acres of open space, an arboretum and the historic Cherokee Ranch and Castle.

Castle Rock (Town)

Castle Rock, incorporated in 1881, is nestled in the heart of East Plum Creek Valley, surrounded by rocky buttes and featuring stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. Named for the prominent rock formation that overlooks the Town,Castle Rock features several

planned developments tied together by its historic downtown. The Town has grown from 3,900 people in 1980 to an estimated 46,261 in 2009, and retains its small-town character and distinct community boundaries.

Castle Rock provides several indoor and outdoor leisure opportunities including the Community Recreation Center, 400 acres of parks, the Red Hawk Ridge municipal golf course, and Hidden Mesa open space. Residents and visitors can also enjoy a full range of shopping experiences, from downtown boutiques to department stores and the Outlets at Castle Rock.

Elizabeth (Town)

Elizabeth is in Elbert County, a county in central Colorado and southeast of Denver. Elizabeth, whose population is 4,973, makes up the most population of Elbert

County because of people living in small acreage subdivisions. Elizabeth is known for extraordinary horse property, panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, as well as having easy access for Denver (I-25 is about 25 minutes away).

Franktown (Town)

Located in Douglas County, Franktown was named after James Frank Gardner who staked a claim on land and built a homestead. Franktown sits at the intersection of State Highway 83 and 86. It has gorgeous panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and easy access to Denver from I-25, which is about 25 minutes away. The population of Franktown is approximately 120!

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Broomfield County

Broomfield offers a prime location, situated within the north metro area between Denver and Boulder along U.S. 36/Boulder Turnpike up to the north I-25

Broomfield became its own county in 2001. Broomfield’s current population is over 53,000. Many high-tech companies like Level 3 Communications, Sun Microsystems, IBM and Ball Aerospace are located in the county.

Many housing options are available and many new communities are being built to accommodate the influx of new business and residents. There are plenty of recreation options available and shopping at the FlatIron Crossing Mall.

Boulder County

Boulder County encompasses 741 square miles and is situated on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. From Rocky Mountain National Park, a national treasure, to lush farmland. Elevations within the boundaries of the County vary from the 5,000-foot level of the plains to the 14,000-foot peaks of the Continental Divide. Boulder County is diversified, with both rural and urban settings. The University of Colorado at Boulder, two school districts and numerous scientific, research and recreational facilities are among the attributes of the County. The Denver Regional Council of Governments estimates the county’s population at approximately 294,000, with about 103,100 in the City of Boulder, another 84,636 in the City of Longmont, 26,453 in Lafayette, 19,000 in Louisville and the remainder dispersed throughout the smaller towns. Boulder’s residents are known for being health conscious, well-educated and their love of the outdoors.

Boulder (City)

Boulder is located northwest of Denver. Boulder sits 5,430 feet above sea level in the shadow of the Flatirons and is surrounded by 30,000 acres of open space, in addition to a greenbelt of city trails. Boulders population is approximately 103,100l and is home of the University of Colorado’s main campus and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Boulder is known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreation, natural product retailers and over 300 restaurants, outstanding transportation options, diverse businesses, and technological and academic resources. Boulder hosts annually the Boulder Boulder 10K race, Creek Festival and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Lafayette (City)

Lafayette is located 10 miles east of Boulder with easy access to major businesses and amenities. The community maintains a smalltown feel. The population is approximately 26,453. Residents enjoy a cultural arts center, golf, parks, community and recreation centers and shopping.

Louisville (City)

Louisville is located 6 miles east of Boulder and is approximately 10 miles east of the Front Range. Louisville was incorporated in 1882 and has a very nice Historical Museum. The population is approximately 19,000. Housing options range from new to historic homes, condominiums, townhomes and apartments.


Sedalia is located in Douglas County southwest of Denver. The population of Sedalia was 211 at the time of the 2000 census. This town is known for its Dude Ranches and country entertainment. Cherokee Ranch, a working cattle ranch with over 3,000 acres of open space, is also home of the Scottish-style castle, which sits high on a knoll above town. The castle is filled with art and collections from all over the world. Fly fishing is also spectacular here along the South Platte River, west of Sedalia.

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The City of Louisville offers its residents a Recreation/ Senior Center, approximately 1700 acres of designated open space, 26 city parks, extensive open space buffer zones, 20 miles of trails and bicycle paths, golf and a new Lowry $9 million public library with study rooms, teen areas, and a fireside reading room. In recent years, Louisville has been recognized in four publications as one of the best places to live and raise a family in the United States.

Longmont (City)



Longmont is conveniently located 16 miles from Boulder and 30 miles from the scenic Trail Ridge Road. Longmont was named one of the “Best Places to Live” in 2006 and 2008. Longmont was also awarded “All-America City” in 2006. Longmont sits at an elevation of 4,979 feet above sea level and has spectacular views of the Rockies. With over 1,500 acres of parks and open space, Longmont is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Longmont also is home to several high-tech companies and a vibrant restaurant scene. The population of Longmont is 84,636.

Superior (Town)

Superior is approximately six miles east of Boulder. The Town is ap-

proximately four square miles in area and the population to approximately 12,000. Amenities include 594 acres of parks, green space, and open space and 27 miles of trails. Superior provides a small-town environment with a rich history and great location and access to Boulder. Future development plans include a mixed-use development with retail, office and residential space.

Larimer County

Larimer County is located in north central Colorado. It is the seventh largest county in Colorado based on population. The county extends to the Continental Divide and includes several mountain communities and Rocky Mountain National Park. The County encompasses 2,640 square miles that include some of the finest irrigated farmland in the state, as well as vast stretches of scenic ranch lands, forests and high mountain peaks. Over 50% of Larimer County is publicly owned, most of which is land within Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Fort Collins (City)

Fort Collins is a vibrant community of 140,600, including over 24,000 students at Colorado State University, nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River, 65 miles north of Denver.

As a regional center for employment, shopping, and healthcare, Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and low humidity, Fort Collins experiences pleasant weather year-round great for outdoor activities. There is always something happening in the city. Whether you like musical concerts, plays or festivals, there is something for everyone. Fort Collins was ranked #6 by Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live, 2010, which is easy to see when visiting by the welcoming and flourishing community. Fort Collins population is well educated with an average median family income of $54,000. Over the last ten years, the popu-

lation has grown an average of three percent annually and is expected to continue at this rate well into the future.

El Paso County

El Paso County lies in east central Colorado and encompasses more than 2,158 square miles and an estimated population of 596,053. While the western portion of El Paso County is extremely mountainous, the eastern part is prairie land where dairy cows and beef cattle are the main source of ranchers’ income. The altitude ranges from about 5,095 feet (1569 m) on the southern border at Black Squirrel Creek to 14,110 feet (4301 m) on the summit of Pikes Peak, near the western boundary. The county seat is located in Colorado Springs.

The natural physical beauty of the area, situated at the base of Pikes Peak and with an uninterrupted view of the Front Range, can be enjoyed by all. The magnificent scenery inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the poem “America the Beautiful” after her visit here.

Colorado Springs (City)

Colorado Springs is the county seat and most populated city in El Paso County. It is situated on Fountain Creek and is approximately 60 miles south of Denver. The city sits over one mile above sea level at 6,035 feet, though some areas of the city are significantly higher.

Colorado Springs is situated near the base of one of the most

famous American mountains, Pikes Peak, at the eastern edge of the southern Rocky Mountains.

With an estimated population of 414,358 in 2009, it is the second most populated city in the state of Colorado, behind Denver. Colorado Springs covers 186.1 square miles making it Colorado’s largest city in area. Colorado Springs was named the #1 Best Big City in “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine in 2006 and placed #1 on Outside’s 2009 list of American’s Best Cities. Apartment Resources

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Greater Denver has 11 public and private four-year colleges and universities, including world-class research institutions like Colorado State University Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado-Boulder. There are five

community colleges providing education services and workforce training that meets the needs of both businesses and individuals. Additionally, there are also more than 60 technical/vocational schools in the region!

Public Schools

Denver Public Schools

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(720) 423-3200 Under the leadership of newly appointed Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Denver Public Schools is committed to making Denver a national leader in student achievement, high school graduation, college and career preparation, and college matriculation. Superintendent Boasberg has a clear vision for Denver Public Schools - become the best urban school district in the nation. Under this vision, the district has benefited from significant gains in student achievement, the implementation of ProComp


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-an innovative pay structure that rewards teachers for improving student achievement - and robust principal professional development including summer principal institutes that underscore principals’ roles in leading the district’s reform efforts. This work is guided by The Denver Plan, a living document that outlines the district’s vision of achievement. The foundation of this plan is to ensure that all students achieve academically. Denver Public Schools serves the residents of the City and County of Denver, Colorado. The current student enrollment is 75,269. DPS is comprised of 152 schools - 68 Elementary, 18 K-8, 16 Middle, 15 High, 21 Charter, 6 Alternative, and 8 Other.

Adams County School District

Adams County School District No. 1

Mapleton Public Schools (303) 853-1780 With 17 small by design learning communities to choose from, Mapleton Public Schools offers students and families’ opportunities that can’t be found in traditional school districts. In Mapleton, students are invited to achieve their dreams in an

environment that fits their style of learning. From traditional to expeditionary, technologybased to internationally focused, Mapleton’s schools are designed to embrace the uniqueness and potential of all students.

CSAP scores continue to improve throughout the District and graduation rates are on the rise. In 2009, 97% of Mapleton’s seniors were accepted to the college of their choice. Source: Mapleton Public Schools

Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Thornton (720) 972-4000 Five Star Schools is Adams County’s largest school district including more than 38,821 students attending 51 schools serving Broomfield, Westminster, Northglenn, Thornton, Federal Heights and unincorporated Adams County. There are 29 elementary schools, 8 middle, 5 high schools and 1 K-8. There are four charter schools. Adams County School District 14

(303) 853-3333 Located just north of downtown Denver, Adams 14 serves the historic community of Commerce City.

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Littleton Public Schools (LPS)

A state and nationally recognized leader in innovative education, student academic success is the number one priority for Adams 14. Adams 14 has 6,702 students. There 14 schools offer choices to meet the diverse needs of students. They have 6 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 2 high schools, 2 pre-schools, 1 prek-8 and 1 charter school.

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Adams County School District 50 (303) 428-3511 Adams 50 serves Westminster and Unincorporated Adams County.

New facilities and new classrooms, combined with a groundbreaking educational reform, have placed District 50 into the national spotlight among parents and public educators in recent years.


With strong community support, District 50 passed a $98.6 million bond in 2006, funding the construction of a new elementary school as well as the district’s state-ofthe-art, signature high school

scheduled to open in the fall of 2010. In addition to basic curriculum standards, the high school will feature five “career academies” that allow students and their parents to choose a specific academic focus aimed at preparing them for college entrance and 21st century professional opportunities.

In 2008, District 50 also adopted what is called a “standards-based” education system. Utilizing proven educational research, District 50’s standards-based system group’s students by ability level in given academic subjects, rather than by grade level. This approach allows for a 7th grade student who is reading at an 8th grade level, but only completing math at a 6th grade level, to take reading classes in the morning that work at 8th grade reading skills and then spend the afternoon in a math classroom studying 6th grade mathematics skills. A traditional school structure would place the same student in classrooms studying 7th grade reading and mathematics skills, which inherently does not meet the student’s academic needs. “We believe that District 50’s move to standards-based education will offer every student, no matter their academic ability, a chance to succeed at the highest level,” said District 50 Superintendent Roberta Selleck. “Students who have fallen behind academically

are now offered the best opportunity to catch up with their peers, while those students who are achieving at or above their grade level can continue their progress.” Source: Adams 50

Brighton School District 27J

(303) 655-2900 Brighton Public Schools serves about 240 square miles of farmland around the 30,723 population of Brighton. The district has 5 elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, one charter school and one alternative school. Brighton High School recently implemented a health sciences program in conjunction with the Platte Valley Medical Center and Front Range Community College.

Arapahoe County School District Aurora Public Schools

(303) 344-8060 Aurora Public Schools is the sixth largest school district in Colorado with more than 35,000 students. Expert and caring staff members at every school are committed to providing motivating real-life learning for every student in safe and quality schools. APS is one of Colorado’s most diverse school districts. Because our students interact with others from different backgrounds and cultures, they learn to think deeply, creatively and from different perspectives. APS students come from more than 100 countries and speak more than 93 languages. They have the opportunity to learn side-by-side with students from Ghana, Russia or Guatemala. This


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culturally rich learning environment is one of our greatest assets.

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Cherry Creek School District 5

(303) 773-1184 Cherry Creek Schools covers Greater Denver’s southeastern corner encompassing Cherry Hills Village, Gdale, parts of Aurora, Englewood, Greenwood Village and some of unincorporated Arapahoe County. District 5 has 39 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 6 high schools, and 1 alternative high school. Thirteen schools have received the John Irwin Award given to the state’s highest performing schools. Englewood Public Schools 1

(303) 761-7050 Englewood Public Schools educates approximately 4,300 students in five elementary, two middle, and two high schools and an Early Childhood Education program. The Englewood Schools community develops the educational foundation and leadership qualities necessary for students to fulfill their roles as responsible citizens in a democratic society.

EPS’s alternative high school, Colorado’s Finest Alternative High School, won the John Irwin Excellence in Education Award the first six years it was given and has twice been named on of the top 50 in the US by Redbook magazine.

Littleton Public Schools

(303) 347-3300 Littleton Public Schools is a premier school district located a few miles south of downtown Denver. LPS serves 28 square miles and includes the majority of the city of Littleton, town of Columbine Valley, and portions of the municipalities of Bow Mar, Centennial, Greenwood Village, and Englewood. We also welcome out-of-district students; about 15% of our students live outside district boundaries. With a student population of about 15,500, LPS is known for being “big enough to serve you, and small enough to know you.” LPS offers a comprehensive education from preschool through grade 12 and has the highest graduation rate among Denver metro area school districts. LPS students consistently score among the top of all students across the metro area on state assessment tests. We offer National Blue Ribbon Schools and an International Baccalaureate program at the high school level. Our high schools have been featured as Newsweek Magazine’s Top High Schools in America and 5280 Magazine’s Top High Schools in the Denver area. Sheridan School District No.2

(720) 833-6991 Greater Denver’s smallest school district, Sheridan has an enrollment

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From early childhood education to postsecondary learning, APS provides many options to prepare students for college and career success. We offer 21st century learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of our students including: •Several schools offer academic and career pathways such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and health sciences to prepare students for college, careers and industry credentials. •APS offers gifted, talented and advanced programs at every school. Aurora Quest K-8, for gifted, talented and advanced students, is one of the top ranked schools in the state. •All APS elementary schools offer free full-day kindergarten programs. •Our innovative Pilot Schools develop their own unique rigorous academic programs. •The APS International Baccalaureate Programme (IB), offered at select schools, provides a challenging curriculum for students from kindergarten through high school. •The new Vista PEAK P-20 campus, opening in fall 2010, will offer a seamless education starting in preschool and continuing beyond high school, that prepares students for postsecondary opportunities and workforce readiness.

•APS Online is a free, online high school program that offers an individualized way for students to earn diplomas.


Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 Located on the far south end

in all subjects and in all 27 areas of the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) tests, and consistently perform higher than students statewide and nationwide on ACT and SAT college entrance exams.

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schools set up in neighborhood schools. It serves all of Jefferson County and a portion of Broomfield County. The National Blue Ribbon School Award has been given to ten Jeffco schools. The teachers are highly qualified. Many have advanced degrees and several have earned national and state recognition. JPS values are integrity, valuing people, teamwork and exemplary performance.

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Poudre School District R-1

There have been 11 new schools built since 1986 providing excellent learning environments for our youth.

Harrison School District 2 Located in the south central area James Irwin Charter Schools Located in the east central area District 12

Jefferson County School District Jeffco Public Schools

(303) 982-6500 Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado’s largest school district with 84,657 enrolled in 2008-2009 school year. Jeffco Public Schools has over 153

Fort Collins (970) 482-7420 Poudre School District, located in Fort Collins serves approximately 24,000 students and includes 50 schools. PSD is the ninth largest school district in Colorado. Students perform from 8-19% higher than students statewide

PSD attracts the best and brightest teachers, including an ongoing pool of 2,000 teaching applicants, proof that ours is a highly sought after district in which to teach.

Charter Schools

Charter Schools are free, public schools of choice that any student can enroll in as long as there is availability. These schools have open enrollment which means students in one school district

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After all, this is the West, where the best approaches quickly gain ground regardless of pedigree. The proof is in Metro Denver’s diversified economy of thriving industries, including aerospace, aviation, bioscience, broadcasting and telecommunications, energy, financial services, and information technology – software.

Low Cost of Living

Colorado’s historic focus on low taxes, coupled with Metro Denver’s high household incomes, keeps the region’s cost of living near the national average for living costs.

Denver ranks just above the national average for cost of living, but well below many other major metropolitan areas as well as both coasts. According to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index First Quarter 2010 data, Denver ranks slightly above the national average of 100, with a composite index of 102.


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Metro Denver has one of the nation’s strongest metropolitan economies. Median household income in the Metro Denver area was $60,344 in 2008, 15 percent higher than the national median income of $51,233.

Metro Denver has historically enjoyed higher household incomes than the rest of the nation due the high education attainment levels of the Metro Denver workforce and a higher-than-average concentration of two-earner households. Per capita personal income in Metro Denver was $48,357 in 2008, up 0.9 percent from 2007. Per capita personal income in Northern Colorado increased to $34,050 in 2008, up 0.7 percent from 2007


Metro Denver is a relatively young region with a median age of 35.8 years, compared to the nationwide median age of 36.9. Only 9.5 percent

of Metro Denver’s population is 65 or older, while persons in that age group account for 12.8 percent of population nationwide.

Young, college-educated workers move to Metro Denver because of its high-tech economic base and quality environment. The state and region’s job growth has consistently out-paced national growth over the past six years.


With a diverse employment base across a large range of industry sectors, Metro Denver takes great pride in its highly educated workforce. Colorado has one of the nation’s most educated workforces, ranking second among the 50 states (behind Massachusetts) for percentage of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher, at 35.6 percent. In Metro Denver, 39.5 percent of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Also, Colorado ranks eighth in the country for Ph.D. scientists and engineers as a percent of the workforce. Metro Denver also places strong emphasis on K-12 education excellence. Colorado’s high school students lead the nation in college entrance exam scores, ranking first for having the highest ACT and SAT scores per 1,000 households. In addition, 89 percent of Metro Denver residents have completed high school, while 88.5 percent of Northern Colorado residents completed high school.


Metro Denver exceeds 2.8 million people, and has a growth rate that has consistently outpaced the national rate every decade since the 1930s. The region grew steadily in the past 10 years, averaging 1.9 percent population growth each year from 1999 to 2009. And by 2030, Metro Denver’s population is anticipated to increase to almost 3.8 million. To proactively plan for the region’s growth, the Denver Regional Council of Governments created Metro Vision 2035, a long-range strategy that addresses

land-use planning, development, and transportation while preserving Metro Denver’s unparalleled quality of life. Metro Vision concentrates development in a defined 750-square-mile urban growth boundary and identifies guidelines for nearly 70 high-density, mixeduse developments in the region, many around transit centers.

A large portion of Metro Denver’s population growth is due to in-migration of highly educated workers from other states. The region’s net migration averaged about 30,600 people each year during the 1990s. Metro Denver is estimated to have net-migration of 15,643 residents in 2010. The top states for inmigration are California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, and Illinois.

Northern Colorado’s 2010 population exceeded 564,000, with roughly 53 percent of the population located in Larimer County and 47 percent located in Weld County. Between 2000 and 2010, Northern Colorado average annual population growth (2.6 percent) was more than twice the national growth rate.


A diverse population in Metro Denver fosters a culture of creativity, openness, and energy, all essential ingredients for the Mountain West lifestyle. Metro Denver’s ethnic and minority population grew 32.1 percent between 2000 and 2008, more than twice the metropolitan area’s total population growth rate over the same period. The ethnic and minority population comprises 32.4 percent of Metro Denver’s population with continued growth forecasted during the next decade. The Hispanic population is Metro Denver’s largest minority group comprising 21.8 percent of the population in 2008.

Source: Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.

*The Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. website is very informative and loaded with more information than could be included. Please visit or call (303) 620-8092.

Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (303) 892-3840 The website will help you find an economic development organization in your area of choice. Once in the website choose Site Selection then Business Development and then Colorado County Contacts. Choose your county and from there you will find tons of information for the town or city of interest.

Colorado Department of Labor & Employment (303) 318-8000 Many resources including the location of Greater Denver Metro Area Workforce Centers. Denver Office of Economic Development (720) 913-1999

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Denver International Airport


Aviation history was made when the $4.3 billion Denver International Airport (DIA) opened on February 28, 1995. Covering 53 square miles (137 square kilometers, twice the size of Manhattan), Denver International Airport has six full-service runways and can be expanded to 11 runways capable of serving 110 million passengers a year. DIA has approximately 40,000 public parking spaces available to travelers. Currently DIA is the 4th busiest airport in the United States and the 9th busiest in the world. Twenty-three airlines offer 1,500 flights including non-stops to 140 worldwide cities. A total of 49,863,352 passengers used Denver International Airport in 2007, shattering the previous record that was set just the year before. The 2007 total was 5.4 percent higher than the 47,326,506 travelers recorded at DIA in 2006.

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Denver International Airport was designed to move your body and your mind. DIA has the largest public art program in American history with a $7.5 million budget for local and national artists to create works specifically for this unique setting. The art focuses on several themes including Western life, travel, light and space.

The 1.4 million-square-foot main terminal building has become Denver’s most distinctive architectural landmark. The roof is Teflon-coated fabric shaped into 34 different peaks, symbolizing the Rocky Mountains, which can be seen on the horizon through huge glass windows. Inside the Great Hall, there is an atrium longer than four football fields and illuminated by soft, shadowless light that filters down from the 126-foot high translucent roof. Denver International Airport, one of the world’s most modern and efficient airports, is owned and operated by the City and County of Denver. Located 23 miles northeast of downtown Denver, DIA is the primary airport serving the Metro Denver region and Colorado. The $4.2 billion facility encompasses 53 square miles, making DIA twice the size of Manhattan Island. Opened in 1995, DIA is the only major airport built in the U.S. in the past 25 years.

At DIA, 17 commercial carriers provide nonstop service to more than 160 domestic and international destinations. Specifically, DIA offers nonstop service to 18 international locations including destinations in Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

DIA is a national leader in sustainability efforts and was the first airport in the nation awarded membership in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Performance Track program, which recognizes facilities that exceed regulatory requirements and strive to protect public health and the environment.

DIA was the first international airport in the nation to receive an ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management system. In addition to various materials recycling programs, the airport’s environmental management program also includes protocol for storm and wastewater management, environmental planning, and compliance.

The DIA sustainability strategy also includes two solar panel arrays, one of which completely powers the airport’s fuel storage and distribution facility. Plans are also underway nearby for Green Park DIA, a 4,200-space parking facility that will rely on wind and solar power. Passenger Growth Spurs Expansion

Considering that projected passenger traffic is expected to expand to 62 million by 2020, DIA is preparing for expansion that will likely include a seventh runway, expansion of concourses, public parking, and rentalcar facilities, and upgrades to the baggage system. Officials are considering plans for updated and expanded concourses, security areas, parking areas, and baggage systems. (303) 342-2000

Mass Transit

Existing Light Rail

The Regional Transportation District (RTD), funded by a one percent sales tax, provides mass transit services in Metro Denver. RTD operates 1,050 busses on 150 routes and 125 light rail vehicles on 35 miles of track.

The RTD Light Rail system provides fast (up to 55 mph) and reliable transportation through the central, southwest, and southeast areas of Metro Denver. The system is divided into four fare zones.

To promote the use of mass transit, Metro Denver employers can purchase “Eco Passes” for their employees, which allow seven-day access to RTD services. RTD’s Flex Pass Program also offers employers and employees payroll tax savings, pre-tax savings, and transit pass discounts. FasTracks

RTD’s $6.5 billion FasTracks plan will build out Metro Denver’s entire mass transit system by 2017, adding 122 miles of rail rapid transit along six new lines as well as extending existing routes and expanding the regional bus network. FasTracks is projected to create more than 10,000 jobs during the height of construction, and will pump billions of dollars into the regional economy.

Union Station Redevelopment

A $1 billion plan is underway to transform downtown Denver’s Union Station into a regional transportation hub where light rail, buses, and passenger rail converge. The master plan, designed by developers Continuum Partners and East West Partners, includes mixed-use development on the 19.5-acre site, with offices, residences, and retail – a 24-hour hub of urban activity.

•The Southwest Corridor opened in 2000 as an 8.7-mile extension from I-25 and Broadway to Mineral Avenue in Littleton with five stations and nearly 2,600 parking spaces. FasTracks plans include improving existing stations, adding parking spaces at the Englewood Station, and extending the line south to Highlands Ranch with a new station at C-470/ Lucent Boulevard.

•The Southeast Corridor, completed in November 2006, connects Metro Denver’s two largest employment centers—the Central Business District (downtown Denver) and the Denver Tech Center. The 19.1-mile light rail line extends from I-25/Broadway to Lincoln Avenue with an additional connection from I-25 to Parker Road. Ridership is already exceeding expectations and more than 38,000 people are anticipated to use the line daily by 2020. FasTracks will extend the corridor 2.3 miles to Lone Tree, increasing total parking by 2,520 spaces and improving existing stations. Light Rail

On Nov. 2, 2004, Denver voters approved an ambitious 12-year, $4.7 billion plan to expand the region’s public transportation system with 119 miles of new light rail and commuter rail. It is the largest light rail initiative in American history.

A new 19-mile light rail line opened in 2006, offering service between downtown Denver and the many hotels in the Denver Tech Center area along Interstate 25 and Interstate 225. Denver’s initial light rail lines serve downtown Denver and the Platte River Valley from a corridor along Santa Fe Blvd. (303) 299-6000


Passenger service in Metro Denver is available on Amtrak, which follows a scenic route through the Rocky Mountains west of Metro Denver and connects to the east. Amtrak service is based out of Danvers’ Union Station, which is undergoing a $1 billion redevelopment plan to transform it into a regional transportation hub where light rail, buses, and passenger rail converge. The master plan includes mixeduse development on the 19.5-acre site, with offices, residences, and retail – a 24-hour hub of urban activity. Amtrak – Union Station Information (303) 534-2812 Source: Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

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Funding comes from a 0.4 cent sales tax on every 10 dollars purchase as well as U.S. Department of Transportation grants. The FasTracks buildout will greatly increase transportation options for Metro Denver workers and provide an alternative to congestion during peak travel times, and will rank the Metro Denver area as one of the top five regions in the country in terms of miles of fixed rail.

•Denver’s first light rail line, the 5.3-mile Central Corridor, opened in 1994 and runs from I-25/Broadway, through downtown Denver, and along Welton Street to 30th/Downing. FasTracks plans include extending light rail north on Downing Street to the 40th Station, where it will join the East Corridor.

The new plan will offer commuter rail service between Denver International Airport and downtown Denver by 2014. Denver’s downtown Union Station will become a hub for rail lines that will branch out to all parts of the city, including a light rail line to Golden in 2013 and a commuter rail line to Boulder and Longmont in 2014-2016.



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A windfarm near Lamar - one of the nation’s largest In 2006, Governor Bill Ritter created a New Energy Economy for Colorado. The New Energy Economy blends Colorado’s abundant traditional and renewable natural resources, our intellectual resources and stresses conservation and efficiency. Colorado is now recognized nationally and internationally as a New Energy Economy leader, stimulating economic growth and creating new jobs.

The following are just a few of the corporations bringing economic growth and lots of new jobs to Colorado:

Going Green

Vestas Wind Systems opened its first blade manufacturing plant in the US in Weld County in 2008 and announced plans to build two new manufacturing plants in Brighton, which should be operational by July 2010. As well, Vestas plans to build the world’s largest tower-manufacturing facility in Colorado.


oing Green

ConocoPhillips is opening a Global Technology Center in North Metro Denver that will serve as an international center for the research and development of alternative-fuels. AVA Solar is building a solar manufacturing plant in Longmont.

XCEL Energy is going to make Boulder the nation’s first Smart Grid City creating new opportunities for energy efficiency and lower costs. For more information visit:

Green Learning

Not only is the city dedicated to sustainable development and ecologically-friendly practices, but Greater Metro Denver is also emerging as one of the premier places in the nation for a “green” learning vacation.

Renewable Energy

Located 12 miles west of Denver in Golden, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy. NREL’s mission is to help our nation discover and use renewable resources of energy to power our homes, businesses and cars. The impressive Visitors Center tells the story of the important research that is taking place at this laboratory through a series of exhibits on renewable energy. The building itself is an exhibit on passive solar energy and features an innovative Trombe wall—the building’s most striking architectural feature. The huge, undulating wall has five sections, each angled in a “V” shape. Windows on the south side of the “V” provide natural day lighting and early morning heat, as well as spectacular views of the surrounding high rocky buttes.

Visitors can take a self-guided tour through the interactive exhibit hall and learn about energy from the sun, wind, biomass and other sources. Here, you can find out how scientists capture alternative energy resources

to produce electricity and also investigate the future of transportation in American using renewable energy. It’s possible to visit several outdoor exhibits for a demonstration of the sun’s power, as well as learn energyconserving strategies for your home that can be implemented today.

Environmental Cleanup

Located in Commerce City, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is currently undergoing a major environmental restoration program that is transforming it into one of the largest urban national wildlife refuges in the United States – a vast improvement over its previous title as one of the most polluted spots on earth. Prior to World War II, the arsenal was farmland, but in 1942, the U.S. Army bought thirty square miles of land to establish Rocky Mountain Arsenal, a chemical weapons factory. After WWII, the army leased land to private companies that produced commercial pesticides. During the early Cold War of the 1950’s the Army again produced chemical weapons here to counter the Soviet threat. There were few environmental laws before the 1960s and chemical production at the Arsenal resulted in contamination of soils and groundwater at the site. The project has been called one of the largest environmental cleanups in history and will not be complete until 2011. In 1986, while investigating the extent of the pollution and ways to clean it up, biologists discovered the Arsenal was home to a large population of wintering bald eagles. The discovery of eagles made people take note of the extensive and healthy wildlife populations throughout the large buffer zone of the Arsenal.

While the industrial core of the site was contaminated, deer, prairie dogs, coyotes, and many species of hawks, owls and other birds thrived in the abandoned fields, grasslands and wood lots that had been protected from development for forty years.

In 2004, 5,000 acres of land was transferred from the U.S. Army to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the area became a National Wildlife Refugee.

Today, it’s possible to take bus tours of Arsenal on Wednesdays and Saturdays to learn about its environmental cleanup efforts and view wildlife. There are 10 miles of trails through the area. In March 2007, 16 head of bison were introduced to the Arsenal, the first buffalo to roam the prairie east of Denver in a century. On wildlife tours, it’s possible to see the buffalo, coyotes, mule deer, hawks and song birds. Reservations are required. Call (303) 289-0930.

Climate Change

It’s fitting that Greater Metro Denver has become a tourism center for the study of global warming, because few areas on earth have experienced more dramatic climate changes than this area. The area around the city has been a tropical rain forest, a flat desert, a redwood forest and was once buried under an inland sea. Rhinoceroses, giraffes and lions have lived in here, as did a wide variety of dinosaurs.

The amazing climate changes of the area come to life at the Ancient Colorado exhibit in the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. A series of large murals depict the Denver area over 300 million years of time and explain how climate changes alter the landscape and the creatures that roam it. In the museum’s Prehistoric Journey exhibit, there is an impressive collection of dinosaur bones, many of which were found in the area. Twelve miles west of the museum is Dinosaur Ridge. The bones of some of the largest dinosaurs, including

the brontosaurus and the stegosaurs, were first discovered here in 1877. It’s possible to view dinosaur tracks that were made on a flat beach of an ancient inland sea, but are today at a 45 degree angle on the side of a mountain…visible proof of the dramatic effect that climate and geological changes can have on Earth.

Greenprint Denver

Mayor John Hickenlooper has launched Greenprint Denver a citywide action agenda for sustainable practices that respect the interdependent relationship between economic and environmental health. The program includes an initiative to plant one million trees throughout the region in the next 20 years and plans to reduce water use and waste. Denver also vowed and made possible the most “green” convention in the Democratic Party’s history. The DNC took place in August 2008 in the Mile High City.

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Metro Denver serves as the regional medical center of the Rocky Mountain West. The area is home to major hospitals and research centers providing care in virtually every major healthcare specialty, including emergency/trauma, respiratory, pediatrics, orthopedics/ rehabilitation, cancer, neurology, and cardiology. This high demand for healthcare services has resulted in the expansion and construction of several new facilities throughout the region.

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Anschutz Medical Campus is one of the nation’s top academic medical centers and is the heart of an active complex of laboratories, clinics, hospitals, classrooms, and offices. New facilities at the campus include:

• University of Colorado Denver - The initial phase of the the University of Colorado Denver’s $1.4 billion move to the Anschutz Medical Campus, including relocation of all teaching, clinical, and research programs, completed in 2007. The University of Colorado Denver is one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. • University of Colorado Hospital – The University of Colorado Hospital, a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver, opened its new $644 million, 820,000-square-foot facility at the Anschutz Medical Campus in 2007. • The Children’s Hospital Located on 48 acres, the new $458 million state-of-the-art hospital, with 1.4 million square feet, opened in 2007. • Veteran’s Administration Hospital – The country’s newest veteran’s hospital will open at the campus in 2011.

• National Jewish Health Named the nation’s top respiratory hospital for the 13th straight year and 15th in pediatric respiratory disorders. • Craig Hospital - Englewood: seventh in rehabilitation for the 21st consecutive year. • The University of Colorado Hospital - Aurora: 8th in pulmonary care, 15th in kidney disorders, 19th in rheumatology, and 44th in cancer care. • The Children’s Hospital - Aurora: 4th in diabetes and endocrinology, and 5th in gastroenterology and pulmonology. • McKee Medical Center, Medical Center of the Rockies, and Poudre Valley Hospital each received a 2010 Outstanding Patient Experience Award from medical ratings company Health Grades Inc. Health Grades selected winning hospitals based on its analysis of a patient survey administered to 3,775 hospitals nationwide.


The former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora is undergoing redevelopment into the 578-acre Fitzsimons Life Science District, the nation’s largest scientific and medical-related redevelopment project. Fitzsimons includes the 170-acre Colorado Science + Technology Park. Modeled after three successful research parks on the east coast, the Park provides opportunities, equipment, facilities, and resources for early-stage and startup research-oriented biotechnology, drug, and medical device development. Established companies can utilize the full-range of resources to operate and grow. Adjacent to Fitzsimons is the 227-acre Anschutz Medical Campus, which offers administrative and teaching functions, as well as clinical and research programs. The


Nationally Recognized Healthcare Facilities America’s Best Hospitals 2010 by U.S. News and World Report:

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New Facility Construction • Centura Health announced it will build a $23.6 million, 40,000-square-foot medical office building and a 20,000-square-foot emergency room and imaging center in Castle Rock. • The new HealthONE Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children completed Phase 1 and 2 in October 2009 on the Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center campus. • Parker Adventist Hospital announced plans for a $76 million expansion and renovation project. The scheduled completion date for the project is mid-2011. When finished, the expansion is expected to bring 100 new jobs to the hospital. • St. Anthony’s Central Hospital is constructing a new $500 million, seven-story hospital with 300 beds at a 45-acre site in Lakewood’s Federal Center. Phase I, an orthopaedic specialty hospital, is scheduled to open in Fall 2010. Phase II, an addition to the main hospital, will be complete by Fall 2011. • Work is under way on Englewood-based Swedish Medical Center’s $84 million project to upgrade four floors and construct two new units, convert all beds to private patient rooms, and expand the neonatal intensive-care unit. Work will complete in 2011. • The Medical Center of Aurora is preparing a new $80 million, 140,000-square-foot tower to include dedicated space for a cardiovascular center of excellence, an expanded ICU, private patient rooms, and additional upgrades. Source: Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.

Major Hospitals Porter Adventist Hospital Denver (303) 778-1955 Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center Denver (303) 839-6000 Rose Medical Center Denver (303) 320-2121

Saint Joseph Hospital Denver (303) 837-7111

The Children’s Hospital Aurora (720) 777-1234

The Medical Center of Aurora Aurora (303) 695-2628

University of Colorado Hospital Aurora (303) 372-0000

Memorial Health System Colorado Springs (719) 365-5000

Memorial Hospital North Colorado Springs (719) 364-5000 Penrose Hospital Colorado Springs (719) 776-5000

Swedish Medical Center Englewood (303) 788-5000 Poudre Valley Health System Fort Collins (970) 495-7000 Littleton Adventist Hospital Littleton (303) 730-8900

Sky Ridge Medical Center Lone Tree (720) 225-1000

North Suburban Medical Center Thornton (303) 451-7800 Parker Adventist Hospital Parker (303) 269-4000


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1101 13th St Denver (303) 893-4100 (800) 641-1222

Colorado Ballet

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cultural district, and furthering the arts and art education in the Denver metropolitan community. Free monthly events showcase the variety of art in the district- First Friday Art Walk (5-9 pm monthly) and Second Saturdays on Santa Fe (1-4 pm monthly).

Colorado Symphony

All could not be listed. For a comprehensive list visit the Arts & Culture section of (303) 892-1112

Opera Colorado

Source: Visit Denver, Convention and Visitors Bureau

(303) 623-7876 (303) 778-1500

Colorado Theatre Guild

(303) 931-7241

Art District on Santa Fe

930 Inca St, Denver (303) 292-3455 This multicultural neighborhood, just minutes from downtown, features the largest concentration of art galleries in Denver. The galleries in the district are dedicated to promoting public awareness of Santa Fe Drive as a unique art and

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Leisure / Arts & Culture

When Denver was a wild gold rush town in the 1870s, it still placed arts and culture on a pedestal. The city boasted a theater with sold out performances of Macbeth long before it had either a school or a hospital. Today, the Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC) has ten venues seating 10,891 people and is the second largest performing arts center in the nation in seating capacity and the largest in the world under one roof. (Lincoln Center in New York has 13,693 seats; The Playhouse Square in Cleveland has 10,094 seats; the Los Angeles Music Center has 8,214 seats and the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts has 7,743 seats). Located downtown, the four-square block center features: Boettcher Concert Hall, the nation’s first symphony hall in-the-round; the Denver Center Theater Company, which won a Tony Award in 1998 for best regional theatre acting company; the Temple Buell Theater, a 2,800seat Broadway theater that opened in 1991 with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, “Phantom of the Opera” and hosts other top road attractions; and the new $92 million, 2,268-seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House (known affectionately as “The Ellie”), which opened in September 2005. The Ellie is a world-class, natural acoustical home for opera, ballet and chorales. This state-of-the-art lyric opera house is one of only three venues in the country and one of nine in the world to boast full installation of an electronic seat-back text delivery system, allowing the text from a performance to be simultaneously displayed in any of eight languages on monitors permanently fixed at every seat in the venue. All ten performance spaces in the DPAC are connected by an 80-foot-tall glass roof. The 12-acre site is also home to the world’s first voice research laboratory.


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Colorado State Capitol

The Colorado State Capitol stands a mile above sea level with a plaque on the 13th step to mark the spot that is 5,280 feet high – exactly one mile high. The dome is covered with 200 ounces of pure gold and offers a beautiful view from the rotunda of the entire Front Range, from Pikes Peak, all the way north to the Wyoming border, a distance of more than 150 miles. Free tours of the beautiful rooms and appointments are offered on weekdays. (303) 866-2604

U.S. Mint The U.S. Mint is where more than five billion coins are made each year. It is also the second largest storehouse of gold bullion in the U.S. after Fort Knox. The gift shop has many unique coins not available anywhere else, and there is a small museum on the history of money. Free tours are available on a space available basis, Mon.-Fri.

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Denver Botanic Gardens


Denver Botanic Gardens, rooted a mile high, has been a favorite Denver destination for more than 50 years and is considered to be one of the top five botanic gardens in the nation. Art and science unite in the gardens’ spectacular urban


oasis, offering an unforgettable artistic garden experience for the whole family, as well as a living laboratory for education and plant conservation programs. Additional sites include Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, a 750-acre wildlife and native plant refuge in Littleton; Mt. Goliath, a high altitude trail and interpretive site on the Mt. Evans Scenic Byway; and Centennial Gardens, a five-acre formal garden with a Colorado native plant palette in downtown Denver, extending this experience throughout the Front Range. (720) 865-3500

Denver Zoo The Denver Zoo is consistently rated as one of the top 10 zoos in America, with 3,500 animals residing in lovely spreading grounds in City Park. Tropical Discovery is a 1.5-acre rainforest under glass in which visitors feel the sensation of walking through a jungle teeming with wildlife. Other highlights of the Zoo include Northern Shores where you can watch polar bears swim underwater and Primate Panorama, where visitors can get as close as 10 feet to over 29 species of monkeys. The Zoo celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1996. (303) 376-4800

Downtown Aquarium Downtown Aquarium, which opened in June 1999, is a worldclass aquarium that immerses visitors on two journeys, from the Continental Divide in Colorado to Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, and the other from an Indonesian rain forest to the Pacific Ocean. The Rocky Mountain West’s only aquarium will also show visitors how all water and water life are inter-related. The facility also includes an outstanding seafood restaurant. (303) 561-4450

Butterfly Pavilion & Insect Center

Butterfly Pavilion & Insect Center features a lush tropical forest filled with up to 1,600 free-flying butterflies. There is also an insect center and gift shop, as well as outdoor gardens and many fun, educational exhibits. (303) 469-5441




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The Denver Art Museum, founded in 1893, is the largest art museum between Kansas City and the West Coast. In October 2006 it doubled its gallery space with a spectacular new building designed by internationally renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. In addition to traveling exhibitions, the museum’s current seven-story building showcases some of its 55,000 plus works of art from around the world, including a worldfamous American Indian art collection as well as European, American and Western painting, sculpture, design and textiles. The museum’s collections of pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art, Asian art and architecture, graphics and design are also exceptional.

Museum of Contemporary Art MCA DENVER is an innovative forum for contemporary art that inspires and challenges all audiences, creating understanding and dialog about art of our time. As Denver’s first institution devoted entirely to contemporary art, MCA DENVER is housed in a new environmentally sustainable facility designed by David Adjaye. (303) 298-7554 x205

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Leisure / Museums 

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1972 and is located in a historically land-marked, warehouse building in the heart of downtown Boulder. Since 1972 the museum has exhibited contemporary


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art by regional, national and international artists presented in three galleries and a 100-set black-box theater. (303) 443-2122

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Taylor Museum Founded in 1936 by visionary Alice Bemis Taylor, the Taylor Museum of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is committed to educating the public about the breadth of artistic expressions in the Americas through the presentation of a world renowned permanent collection, dynamic exhibitions from around the world, and related cultural and innovative programs. (719) 634.5583 taylormuseum.asp

Denver Museum of Nature & Science The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is one of the premier natural history museums in the country with a diverse array of permanent exhibitions, such as Space Odyssey, Prehistoric Journey and the North American Indian Cultures Hall. In addition, the Museum provides the Denver community highly acclaimed traveling exhibitions, stunning IMAX® films, high-tech planetarium shows, intriguing educational programs, and groundbreaking scientific research projects. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science was voted the top family attraction in Denver. (303) 322-7009 or (800) 925-2250

cowboys and pioneers who have called Colorado home. Exhibits include an outstanding collection of William Henry Jackson photos and a large diorama of Denver as it appeared in 1860. (303) 866-3670

Black American West Museum The Black American West Museum tells the untold story of African American cowboys, who made up as many as one third of all the cowboys on the great cattle drives. Housed in the home of Dr. Justina Ford, Denver’s first African American doctor, the museum has exhibits, historic photos and artifacts that illustrate the many contributions made by African Americans in settling the West. (303) 292-2566

Children’s Museum of Denver The Children’s Museum of Denver is a unique participatory museum for children and families to experience hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities. Children can shoot baskets, climb on an authentic fire engine, build toy railroads and shop in a mini supermarket. (303) 433-7444 Source: Visit Denver, Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Colorado History Museum


The Colorado History Museum offers a series of dioramas and exhibits that trace the colorful history of the Indians, explorers, gold miners,

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16th Street Mall

Pearl Street Mall

(303) 534-6161 bid16thstreetmall.htm Covering 16 blocks, this pedestrian mall includes Denver Pavilions and other retail shops, residential and office buildings, hotels and services. This is a huge visitor’s destination. A free shuttle services the entire 16 blocks.

Larimer Square

Larimer St (303) 534-2367 Located in the heart of downtown Denver, Larimer Square is an area rich in history, as well as fine shopping and dining. As the Mile High City’s oldest and most historic block, its buildings tell vividly the story of the birth and early years of Denver.

Cherry Creek North

Cherry Creek Shopping Center

(303) 388-3900 Cherry Creek Shopping Center is the region’s most popular shopping destination with 160 restaurants and stores, including Elway’s, a bustling Colorado steakhouse co-owned by Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway.

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Park Meadows

(303) 792-5384 As Colorado’s only retail resort, Park Meadows encompasses 1.6 million square feet, has 130 shops, restaurants galore and a light rail stop. Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Borders Books are anchor stores.

Lakewood Belmar

Alameda Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard Lakewood, 80226 (303) 742-1520 Enjoy 22 blocks of stores, boutiques, restaurants, entertainment, parks and plazas, offices and residences, and year round events and cultural activities in Belmar, Lakewood’s new downtown. The district currently has 61 shops and restaurants.

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Aurora Southlands

Smoky Hill Road and E-470 Aurora, 80016 (303) 771-4004

Southlands provides southeast Denver residents with a convenient, comfortable, charming atmosphere for shopping, dining and entertainment. More than 40 retailers, a theater and restaurants are now open.


Westminster Promenade An outdoor pedestrian village considered the gathering place for the whole North Metro Area.

The Orchard Town Center A 1-million-square-foot, open-air, lifestyle and entertainment center.


FlatIron Crossing

(866) FLATIRON The world’s first zip shuttle serves this 1.5-million-square-foot, indoor/ outdoor shopping center. Enjoy more than 200 shops and restaurants, plus AMC 14 Theaters.

Castle Rock

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Leisure / Shopping

(303) 394-2903 Cherry Creek North is home to 100’s of independently owned businesses, a unique collection of boutiques, spas, restaurants, galleries and other specialty shops located in the heart of central Denver. This is the number one tourist destination in Denver. At the heart of Downtown Boulder is the Pearl Street Mall, a wonderfully charismatic four-block-long pedestrian mall that celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007. Colorful, bright flowers fill the mall almost the entire year and street performers, with a multitude of talents, make the Pearl Street Mall one of the best people-watching destinations anywhere.


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scope of work you would like to have done. There are many things you can do to upgrade your exterior and increase the value of your home. Studies show that the greatest return for every dollar spent on your home is in exterior renovation. Following is a sample list of exterior improvements:

Concrete – Patios, walkways, expanded driveways and decorative concrete can increase your homes curb appeal for a reasonable amount of money. Decks – Today you have hundreds of combinations of deck materials to choose from. From age old cedar and redwood to long lasting composites or new decorative polymer surfaces and PVC waterproof decks with wood, vinyl or ornamental metal railing. Today’s materials allow endless possibilities for the creative mind. Garages – An oversized garage with a protective concrete surface adds value. Landscaping – Inexpensive landscaping will benefit you. The key word here is inexpensive. Be frugal as it is easy to overspend in this area. A few well placed plants and trees, concrete or fluted block boarders, planters and inexpensive river rock or rip rap can be very effective. Lighting – Inexpensive low wattage fluorescent spot lights and/ or LED

spots to highlight landscaping sets your home apart from others in the neighborhood. Paint – A new paint job is the least expensive way to upgrade your home. Color means everything here; take your time to look at other homes and compare color swatches at the local building supply. Don’t be stingy, use 2 coats minimum of high quality exterior latex enamel. Patio & Porch Covers – Can be built inexpensively to add an outdoor living space. Pergolas or Gazebos– An attractive upgrade to your yard. Roofing – Your roof is the most important part of your home as it protects everything in your home. A quality architectural shingle, concrete tile or metal roof with an extended warranty will most certainly add to the value of your home. Siding – The most noticeable exterior upgrade to your home is siding. Quality siding can drastically change the appearance of your home. In Colorado’s extreme climate, cement board or James Hardy siding will outperform all other types of siding. If it is not in your budget there are many types of vinyl, wood and composite sidings that, when combined with the proper trim and a nice paint job will upgrade the value of your home. Windows – Replacement windows can save you a significant amount

on energy costs and when properly chosen add to the aesthetics of your home. The key here is the rate of heat loss or U-factor not R value. The lower the U-factor the less heat transfers through your window. While most inexpensive replacement vinyl windows have U factors around .30 some quality windows can achieve U-factors as low as 0.15.

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your wish list it is important to set priorities. You may have enough money saved or the ability to obtain a loan to achieve everything you want. Then again you may not. By setting priorities your can ensure that things get done in the right order. This can be according to the increase in value of your home or by their logical sequence of construction. 3. Budget: You should always figure out how much money you have to spend on your home renovation project. Fit the project to your budget not your budget to the project to achieve your best return on investment. Determine the maximum amount you can spend and multiply it by 1/2 to 2/3. By setting that amount as your budget you will avoid going over due to the unforeseen cost overruns that occur on almost every project.

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architectural and/or engineering plans, while exterior upgrades can usually be completed without them. It is helpful to plan by taking the time to be sure of what you want. Look at other homes and/or magazines, take pictures, draw sketches, look at colors, and types of materials used in your neighborhood. 5. H.O.A: If you have a Homeowners Association, make sure that you check their requirements and understand any constraints you may have. Go through the approval process to avoid potential problems. 6. Permits: Any major change to your home requires permitting with the exception of small repairs and many exterior upgrades to a certain amount. Check with your local municipality building department so you know ahead of time even before you hire a contractor.

7. Choose the Right Contractor: Always do your homework. If you get burned you only have yourself to blame. A reputable contractor is:

1.) Licensed – Make sure they are licensed by your local building department and you have a copy of their certificate or license number. Go online or call to verify it. 2.) Insured – Make sure you have a copy of their certificate and they are licensed for the work they do. A large percentage of companies are not insured for the work they do. 3.) Workman’s Compensation – Make sure you have a copy of their Workman’s Compensation policy number and certificate. Without valid insurance anyone working for them can sue you if injured on the job. 4.) Certified – Make sure the company is certified by the manufacturer for the products you choose. 5.) Local – Check the Secretary of State’s office and your local building department to make sure they have been registered for at least 3 years. Visit their office, make sure they are more than an ad in the yellow pages. Money spent on advertising does not guarantee a company is reputable. 6.) Association Members – Reputable companies will be members of the major associations that serve their industry. Roofing Contractors should be members of the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors

Association); Remodeling Companies the NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry); and Builders the HBA (Home Builders Association). 7.) Better Business Bureau – Any reputable contractor will have an A rating or better and will be listed as a BBB accredited contractor.

8.) Not Pushy – Do not sign a contract with anyone that pressures you. There is a reason they are pushing you. What is it they are hiding? A reputable contractor does not need to back you into a corner. Do not sign a contract unless you understand it and have researched the contractor. 9.) Knowledgeable – Make sure the representative can explain what their company has to offer. They should take the time to give you detailed explanations and answers to any questions you may have. 10.) References – Always check references and make sure they are not recent. A reputable contractor should have a long list of references and jobs for you to look at.

Don’t take a chance with your most important asset, your home. If you cannot check off at least 8 of these 10 items when evaluating a contractor, you may be putting your home and your savings at risk.

There are many instances of harm caused in the last couple of years by unqualified and/or unscrupulous contractors. They are often very good at talking to the homeowner and making themselves look better than they are. Never pay money up front unless materials have been delivered, and even then, pay no more than the

value of the materials and/or portion of work that has been completed. Be a smart, careful consumer and you will be a happy, satisfied customer.

8. Inspections: Make sure a qualified inspector checks your job. This would normally be your local building official. If no permit is required you should have a qualified 3rd party check the work performed. Whether it is a qualified contractor, inspection company or engineer the size of the project will help dictate the level of expertise required.

9. Enjoy your newly renovated home: You did your homework

and took the time to make sure you had a successful project. Now you can enjoy the fruits of your labor and feel fortunate that you avoided the heartache and loss money that accompanies those unfortunate individuals with poor planning. work that has been completed. Be a smart, careful consumer and you will be a happy, satisfied customer.

Professional Roofing & Exteriors (303) 420-0986

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Lawn & Garden Questions Summertime and gardening go hand in hand in Colorado. Xeriscape is popular, which is a water-conserving landscape that includes trees, plants and colorful flowers. Each county has a Cooperative Extension that is available to answer lawn and garden questions. Phone lines are staffed by Master Gardeners and other professionals in horticulture. Adams County (303) 659-4150

Arapahoe County (303) 730-1920 Boulder (303) 678-6238 Broomfield City & County (720) 887-2286 Denver County (720) 913-5270 Douglas County (720) 733-6935 El Paso County (719) 520-7681 Jefferson County (303) 271-6620 Larimer County (970) 498-6000


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Boulder Daily Camera (303) 442-1202


Coloradoan Fort Collins Denver Post (303) 832-3232 The Gazette Colorado Springs (866) 632-NEWS Westward Covers the Denver Arts & Entertainment scene.

5280 Magazine (303) 832-5280 Colorado’s largest magazine, 5280 is the award-winning monthly guide to people, politics, dining, entertainment and living well in the Mile-High City.

Post Offices

There are many Post Offices located throughout the Greater Denver Metro Area. The best way to located one close to your location is to visit and click on locate a post office. It will locate the Post Office on a map and give you the address.

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Motor Vehicle Laws Colorado license plates must be obtained within 30 days after residency has been established and within 90 days you must register your vehicle. You are considered a resident if you are employed in Colorado, own or operate a business in Colorado or have rented or purchased an apartment or home.

Non-resident students and Armed Forces personnel are not required to obtain Colorado license plates or a Colorado Driver’s license if they have valid plates and a valid license from their home state. If you have a valid license in your possession which was issued by another U.S. state, territory, or possession, you will normally not be required to take the written test or the drive test. Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (303) 205-5600

Vehicle Emissions Inspections New Residents If you are bringing a vehicle into the Denver-Boulder emissions program area from another state or from another part of Colorado, including from a basic emissions program area, you are required to obtain an emissions test and register your vehicle in your new county. Make sure you get this inspection done before you head to the DMV.

In addition, you may need a VIN verification. If your vehicle has never been registered within the state of Colorado in the past, in addition to an emissions test you must also obtain a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verification prior to registering your vehicle. When a newer vehicle is brought into the program area and is less than three years old (from Manufacturer Statement of Origin) the vehicle does not require an emissions inspection at the time of registration. The vehicle will require an emissions inspection when it reaches its fourth model year.

For more information on your specific area go to:

Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles Air Care Colorado Hotline (303) 456-7090

Voter Registration Newcomer’s can register to vote at any Driver’s License office, City Clerk’s office or Motor Vehicle office. When you get your new driver’s license you can also register to vote. For information visit:

Pet Licensing

Dogs and cats living in most of the Front Range must be licensed annually and vaccinated against rabies. They must be vaccinated in 30 days or have been vaccinated in the last 12 months. Most communities have strict leash laws. For more information, contact the Animal Control office in your county. Adams County (303) 288-3294 Arapahoe County (720) 874-6750 Boulder County (303) 441-3626 Broomfield City & County (303) 438-6400

Douglas County (303) 660-7529 Jefferson County (303) 271-5070

Larimer County

El Paso County (719) 473-1741

Fort Collins



Adams County Arapahoe County Aurora Access Aurora! (303) 739-7000 Boulder County Broomfield City & County Denver City & County 311 info – Call 311 for city related business questions like reporting a pothole, starting a new business, buying a parking permit or getting a marriage license. Douglas County

El Paso County Colorado Springs Jefferson County

Chambers of Commerce This website locates Chamber of Commerce throughout the United States. Click on Colorado and then look for the area or city of interest.

Volunteering Opportunities

Metro Volunteers (303) 282-1234 Metro Volunteers is a non-profit organization that provides a one-stopshopping resource for volunteering in the Greater Denver Metro Area. It helps place you at diverse non-profits throughout the region.

Newcomers Clubs/ Organizations

Check your local newspapers. This website lists newcomers clubs and other related clubs throughout Colorado by city. Once you get to the site, you choose your city of interest. It’s a great idea to find a group to join to meet other relocations. roup dia G ultime ver M n/Wea e d In /Matt Office urism do To Colora

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Denver County (303) 698-0076

Larimer County (970) 226-3647

The Denver Public Library and Denver Art Museum are located just steps from each other


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Appliance Distributor

When you’re ready for your dream kitchen and you demand the ultimate in design, performance and features, the Living Kitchen showroom at Roth Distributing will help you select the perfect appliances for your lifestyle. Like no other appliance showroom experience, Roth showrooms are relaxed, sophisticated, professionally designed kitchen environments where homeowners, designers, and architects can visualize and test-drive the ultimate in 21st century appliance technology Roth Distributing IFC, 7 (303) 214-1400

Appliances – Retail

After 17 years in business, Mountain High Appliance continues to lead the way in offering incomparable selection, depth of knowledge, and acclaimed service. For new construction or remodeling, counting on Mountain High Appliance’s delivery, installation and removal of old appliances, if needed, is worry-free. Our 12,000 sq ft. Showroom in Louisville (in North Denver) expands the meaning of an Appliance Resource Center as we demonstrate with a “try before you buy” experience in Nine Live Kitchens. Mountain High Appliance 2 Louisville Showroom (303) 665-6850 Steamboat Showroom (970) 879-8316 Call toll free (877) 668-6844

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Financial Institution

America’s largest dealer of Stainmaster Carpet. Free in home design consultation and estimates. Factory direct pricing with no middle man markups. Carpet Direct 29 (303) 456-4660

Education Award-winning schools welcome out-of-district students. Test scores among the top in Denver Metro Area. 90% of graduates are college bound. Before/after school and summer childcare. Preschool options and free, full-day kindergarten. Littleton Public Schools 43 (303) 347-3386

Electrical Liscensed and insured A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau Been in business since 1997 Residential and Commercial Remodel and new construction Basements, bathrooms, kitchens We are a one-stop electrical service company Lighting Serviceboth residential and commercial. From working Large and small jobs design-build and remodeling to repairs and 24 Free estimates

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Blueprint Design & Construction (303) 467-9400


Builder/Developer Cardel builds in only the best communities– those offering abundant greenspace, good schools and access to shopping and recreation. Condos, Townhomes, Single Family Homes are all available. Cardel crafts quality homes that are designed especially for Denverites. Cardel Homes 40, 41 (303) 662-8942

David Schooley A full service residential and commercial electrical cell: 303-520-3338 office: 303-280-2300 company since 1997. We do everything from wiring a email: website: new construction home to updating light fixtures inside and outside your home to installing a ceiling fan!

Image Electric Co 49 (303) 280-2300

Environmental Services RDS is a woman owned and operated nationwide environmental testing company. RDS has been providing testing and remediation for harmful agents such as radon, mold, and asbestos now for over 30 years. We are here to provide you with peace of mind. RDS Environmental BC (800) 627-2366 (303) 444-5253

Westerra Credit Union (303) 321-4209 (800) 858-7212



All City Floor Company

All City Floor Company has grown into a leading provider of superior floor coverings for residential, athletic and commercial projects. Underlying our excellent quality is a commitment to delivering the absolute best customer service in our market. Combined with the expert craftsmanship and years of experience, this focus ensures we execute on time and budget while always fulfilling each client’s unique vision. Littleton Public Schools 43 (303) 347-3386

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Image Electric Corp. Denver’s Premier Basement Contractor! We also design/build kitchens, bathrooms, garage poptops, decks & gazebos and more. Our pricing is competitive, we have the best warranty and of course excellent references!

Denver-based Westerra Credit Union has earned a reputation for quality products, competitive rates and top-notch service. As a member of the CU Service Center Network, you can access your accounts at 160 locations and 800 surcharge-free ATMs throughout Colorado. Locally owned since 1934, Westerra has earned the top 5-Star rating for financial strength by Bauer Financial ( Deposits are federally insured by NCUA.

Let your home inspection also be a home education! Kathleen Barbee is there to ensure that when you need an inspection or something explained she will be there for you seven days a week. Same day computer generated, emailed reports. Ask for your special Coldwell Banker discount! Above & Beyond Property Inspections (303) 646-3413



Based in Madison, Wis., American Family Insurance offers auto insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance, health insurance, business and farm/ranch insurance in 19 states. American Family insurance is the nation’s third-largest mutual property/casualty insurance company and ranks 344th on the Fortune 500 list. American Family Insurance


Interior Design


Residential Interior Design that meets your budget. Hiring a Professional Interior Designer should feel like a luxury, not cost like one! Call Kama Weinberger, ASID, IIDA, NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer. Q&E Design Source (303) 355-2700



Supporting Colorado for over 74 years, Bellco Credit Union is passionately committed to your financial success. Find all the products and services you need online at Bellco Credit Union


Kitchen/Bath Remodeling

We believe in and support the idea that good design enhances the quality of life and as such should be available to everyone and price accordingly. Our ability to package not only good design but products and services in response to your needs and desires offers a value approach to any job, large or small. Debra Toney Kitchen & Bath Studios (303) 399-2677

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Complete Kitchen & Bath remodeling. Custom cabinets & built-ins, countertops, backsplash, tile floors.

Stellar Painting & Remodeling is a one stop shop for all your painting and remodeling needs. We are a family owned business with over 50 years experience combined and our focus has always been to be the best and care the most for a fair, market valued price. Stellar Painting & Remodeling 5 (720) 981-STAR (7827)

Roofing & Exteriors We get the job done! Anyone can make promises and put them in writing, but in the end, can they really get the loan to close? We can.

Need it closed in 2 weeks? No problem. With our new rush service, we allow your clients to take full advantage of our in-house processing, underwriting, and funding. No Bulls Here. When you refer your clients to us, we give each one a full evaluation and let you know whether the loan will work or not. We are not a brokerage firm; we are the lender. No lies, no gimmicks, just truth in lending Denver Mortgage Company (303 ) 763-7676

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With our variety of quality materials & extensive experience, we can install almost any residential or commercial job, no matter how unusual or difficult and save you time & money in the process. Call the Professionals today! Professional Roofing & Exteriors (303) 420-0986

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Stone Restoration

Good Images Cabinetry 57 (303) 932-1517


Top of the Peak Landscaping strives to create the ideal customized landscape through the combination of function, form and practicality. We expertly combine trees, shrubs and perennials that thrive in harsh CO conditions with unique walks, patios, lighting and water features. Top of the Peak Landscaping 19 (719) 638-9554

12161 Sheridan Blvd. Suite C Broomfield, CO 80020 (877) 423-0708 3720 S. College Ave, Suite A Fort Collins, CO 80526 (800) 675-5698 6160 Tutt Boulevard, Suite 120 Colorado Springs, CO 80923 (800) 369-9261

2504 Highway 6 and 50, Suite 200 Grand Junction, CO 81505 (800) 585-0852 105 Edwards Village Blvd, Suite G101 Edwards, CO 81632 (970) 569-3561 100 North Main Street Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970) 547-2180 18320 E. Cottonwood Drive Unit C Parker, CO 80138 (720) 842-4000 6465 Greewood Plaza Blvd Suite 200 Cenntennial, CO 80111 (720) 842-4000

At Stone Restoration Denver we are Dedicated to the Preservation of Fine Surfaces. We can restore the natural stone in your home to its original splendor. We use sustainable practices and will put the luster back into the stone. We will educate you as to its care and provide you with the cleaning agents necessary to maintain it. Almost always - it can be restored! Stone Restoration Denver 37 (303) 249-7909

Title/Closing Services


AMmazing SMoves torage

Amazing Amazing Moves Moves has a strong commitment to Moving Storage excellence since&its’ founding 39 in 2003, by an elite team of moving professionals. Holding employees, both (303) 668-7444 new and old, to the highest standards has enabled us to assemble a company of moving professionals that will provide you with outstanding service.

Amazing Moves 39 (303) 668-7444

Local, long distance and worldwide moving. Worryfree moving with honest service, superior quality competitive rates and guaranteed pickup & delivery dates. Residential and commercial moves. Exodus Moving & Storage 9, 63 (800) 549-1488 (303) 442-3636 Denver/Boulder

As a full service title and escrow company, Guardian Title has serviced Colorado clients since 1995 and our experienced relocation staff is dedicated to providing you with an outstanding closing experience. You deserve security and peace of mind knowing we are here to service your needs now and in the future! Guardian Title Agency 3 Relocation Office (303) 771-3322

Publisher’s Note

The Sponsors above are here to serve Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agents and their customers with exceptional service. These Sponsors have expanded websites to better serve customers and agents. We believe that this relocation magazine and its’ contents will maintain a high standard of service for all your relocation needs. Publisher Dale G. Miller

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Bank of American Home Loans IBC, 4

3780 N. Garfield Ave, Ste 4 Loveland, CO 80538 (866) 205-9149

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 25

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Mortgage 2595 Canyon Blvd # 110 Boulder, CO 80301 (888) 748-1122

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is the nation’s #1 mortgage originator. Our professional team of Home Mortgage Consultants are empowered with a broad product menu and competitive rates. We will help your relocation be a success! See our ad for phone numbers & call us today.


Welcome to the Greater Denver Metro Area

Have you met your new neighbors? Beware. Mold, asbestos or radon may have already moved in.

With our variety of effective and convenient tests, we’re well equipped to identify the presence of harmful agents such as radon, mold, asbestos and lead. RDS is a local environmental testing agency, available on site, in 24 hours to conduct a thorough inspection, providing you with peace of mind.

Act now. Don’t let potentially harmful environmental agents welcome you into your new home. Let us assist you in making your home purchase a healthy one. Call us today! 11603 Teller Street / Suite A / Broomfield, CO 80020

1.800.627.2366 Quality. It’s in our nature.

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