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Economic Vitality

A smart city needs a diverse economy in order to thrive. By helping businesses navigate city paperwork and approvals, and making strategic investments in Denver’s local businesses and neighborhoods, we’re working to retain and create jobs even in these tough times.

One way to rate Denver’s relative economic strength is through the On Numbers Economic Index, published monthly by The Business Journals. The monthly index, begun in August 2012, is comprised of 18 attributes measuring both short- and long-term economic success for U.S. metropolitan areas. Private business, government, other partners, and multiple other factors influence the rankings. For the latest analysis, rankings, and background on the index, link to:


The Milken Institute's "Best Performing Cities" index is another way to measure Denver's economic vitality in comparison to peer cities. This is an "outcomes-based" annual ranking. The report takes into account both short and long-term growth in job numbers, wages and salary, and the concentration and size of high-tech industries — an increasingly important part of success in today’s knowledge-driven economy.

Click here to view the 2013 index.


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