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Metro Denver EDC

Often called a “center of influence,” the Metro Denver EDC was the nation’s first regional economic development organization. A division of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, from Castle Rock to Fort Collins and Golden to Greeley, Metro Denver EDC represents the nine counties and 66 communities that contribute to our robust economy and incredible culture. As the economic development function of the broader Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the EDC serves a 9-county territory that represents two-thirds of the state’s population and three-quarters of the GDP.

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Raymond H. Gonzales

President

In 2021, Raymond H. Gonzales was named President of the Metro Denver EDC and oversees the work to unite more than 80 cities, counties and economic development agencies in the 10-county Metro Denver region to promote economic prosperity, lead business attraction and retention efforts. He leads a team of economic development leaders, and in-house economist and analysts, and corporate attraction team for National and International business development.

Previously, Gonzales served as the County Manager of Adams County in Colorado and brings more than 24 years of experience encompassing every level of government administration. He is a progressive and innovative economic development expert with a successful track record for attracting new industry, business and investments.

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Metro Denver brings natural beauty, urban culture and an energetic workforce together into an environment filled with a sense of adventure and purpose.

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Metro Denver EDC Spearheads Life Sciences Growth 

Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (EDC) catalyzes life sciences growth in Colorado’s Front Range communities, facilitating nearly 15 relocations or expansions of life sciences and health innovation companies within a 20-month period. With a legacy as one of the nation’s pioneering regional economic development organizations, Metro Denver EDC spans 11 counties and nearly 100 communities, shaping a vibrant economy and rich culture throughout Colorado. 

The organization’s commitment to the life sciences community is exemplified by its strategic partnerships and proactive support for companies seeking to establish roots in the region. A recent milestone—the relocation of Virta Health from San Francisco to downtown Denver last in October 2023—connects the region to a transformative healthcare organization specializing in reversing type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and obesity. The company received relocation incentives, including performance-based job growth tax credits.

Metro Denver EDC played a pivotal role in facilitating Virta Health’s expansion, leveraging its extensive network and expertise to support the creation of high-paying jobs and foster groundbreaking healthcare advancements here in Colorado. 

CEO and co-founder of Virta Health, Sami Inkinen, commends Colorado’s growing reputation as an innovation hub, emphasizing the region’s exceptional talent pool and compassionate ethos. This collaboration underscores Metro Denver EDC’s unwavering dedication to propelling the life sciences sector forward, reinforcing commitment shaping the future of healthcare. 

How Colorado Ranks in Economic Competitiveness

One of Colorado’s most valuable assets is the highly educated workforce that resides here. The state rates second for the percent of adults with a college degree with 45.9 percent of adults holding a 4-year degree or more. Colorado is home to many emerging industries, quantum computing for one, and has the talent to attract fast-growing companies to the region.

Developing the next generation of leaders in Colorado requires collaboration between the public and private sectors. Their ongoing partnerships make Colorado an ideal place to start or grow a business. Colorado already has a solid foundation in high growth industries and attracts investments from all over the country to fund revolutionary technology.

Data on high-tech industries:

#4 – High-tech employment per 1,000 private sector workers (CompTIA).

#10 – Patents granted per 1,000 residents (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2020).

#12 – Academic R&D, based on total science and engineering research and development spending at academic institutions per capita. (National Science Foundation, 2021)

#22 – R&D Intensity, representing total research and development expenditures as a percentage of state GDP. Colorado’s research and development expenditures grew by 4.9 percent between 2020 and 2021, but state GDP grew by 12.4 percent, causing Colorado to drop in the rankings. (National Science Foundation, 2021)

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Colorado:
Hub for Health Impact

We love to collaborate with new arrivals. Our welcoming life sciences community is right-sized for high-growth companies. There’s more than a million square feet of lab space planned or in development critical infrastructure and state support for startups expansions and relocations. Our supportive partners are ready for every step of the journey.