National site selectors to visit Metro Denver for Site Selection Conference

9/14/2015

The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC) will host eight national site selectors for a familiarization tour of the region during its annual Metro Denver Site Selection Conference, Sept. 16-20, 2015.

The conference is one of the Metro Denver EDC's most effective strategies for marketing Metro Denver's business attributes to site selectors and corporate real estate professionals, the key advisors to Fortune 1000 companies in corporate relocations and expansions that bring new jobs and investment to our region.

"While Metro Denver is capturing global attention for its top business rankings, job growth, and economic performance, perhaps our biggest story to share with these location advisors is how we do business in Metro Denver, regionally, with broad infrastructure development and passionate, engaged leaders,” said Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver EDC.

Metro Denver's economic development partners and investors will host the visiting site consultants during a whirlwind three days of tours and meetings showcasing Metro Denver's companies and industries, talent, real estate, and cultural amenities.

First on the agenda on Wed., Sept. 16, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will host a private meeting with the site selectors to discuss the advantages of doing business in Colorado. Area business and economic development leaders will then join the group for a reception and dinner at Balistreri Vineyards.

Activities on the site selectors' agenda on Thursday, Sept. 17 include: 

  • An economic briefing by Metro Denver EDC CEO Tom Clark and a Talent Pipeline Panel Discussion with representatives from Metropolitan State University of Denver, the University of Colorado Denver, and the University of Denver.
  • A helicopter tour of the region, highlighting light-rail expansion, real estate developments, federal laboratories, and major employment centers. 
  • Conversations with Metro Denver business leaders at the Innovation Center in Longmont and the Charles Schwab Lone Tree Campus, including representatives from Charles Schwab, Google, Level 3 Communications, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Otter Products, Special Aerospace Services, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
  • A reception and dinner at the Denver Botanic Gardens with area industry and business leaders.

The site selectors will participate in a breakfast panel discussion at the conference's final event, Making the Cut: Factors Driving Today's Site Selection Decisions, on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Denver Center for Performing Arts - Seawell Grand Ballroom. More information and registration is available on metrodenver.org.

Corporate sponsors of the breakfast are: Presenting Sponsor, Pinnacol Assurance; Gold Sponsors, ARA, a Newmark Company and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Dynalectric, and Forest City Enterprises; Silver Sponsors, The Beck Group, Hensel Phelps, and Mortenson Construction; and Media Sponsor, the Colorado Real Estate Journal.

Additional conference event sponsors include: the Associated General Contractors of Colorado/Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors/National Electrical Contractors Association, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, HUB International, Husch Blackwell, L.C. Fulenwider, ProLogis, and Xcel Energy.  

About the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

The Metro Denver EDC is the nation’s first regional economic development organization. An affiliate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Metro Denver EDC focuses on six areas to expand the economy in the nine-county region: national marketing, existing business, mobility, DIA/international air travel, tax reform, and special opportunities. The organization also leads four industry-focused affiliates: the Colorado Energy Coalition, the Colorado Investment Services Coalition, the Colorado Space Coalition, and the Metro Denver Aviation Coalition. For more information, see www.metrodenver.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Media contactJanet Fritz - Senior Director, Marketing and Technology, Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., 303.475.4194