• Monday, February 12, 2018
    Aurora has record-breaking year for economic development, job creation
    Eleven development deals brought thousands of jobs to Aurora in 2017 making it a record-breaking year, the Aurora Economic Development Council reports.
    The Aurora Economic Development Council, which is a public private partnership representing the City of Aurora and Adams and Arapahoe Counties, said the city added 2,500 primary jobs.
    The jobs added quality and diverse employment opportunities for the region's workforce, said Wendy Mitchell, president and CEO of council. 
    "These have a significant ripple effect in secondary job creation as well." 
    Michell said the 11 deals drove nearly $290 million in capital investment into Aurora.
    “This means we are not only creating jobs, but we are adding to the tax base which funds things like infrastructure and schools," she said.
    The opening of Amazon.com's fulfillment center in Aurora contributed to the number of jobs added in 2017.
    "That was 1,000 jobs -- that was a big chunk," said Andrea Tilliss, the council's marketing manager.
    Among other deals last year were the UPS’ new hub facility, and companies in the aerospace and defense, bioscience, food distribution, and manufacturing industries.
    "It's certainly not any one project," Tilliss said. "There are a number of transformational projects that have happened that have given Aurora immense momentum."
    One deal leads to the next and Aurora is getting more attention, Mitchell said.
    There are thousands of undeveloped acres -- especially in the northeast corridor -- which makes it a good location for companies looking to build from the ground up or expand.
    "Having anchors like Amazon helps market Aurora to the world," Mitchell said.
    There does not appear to be a slowdown in the coming year. In 2017, about 121,000 people went to work every day in Aurora businesses. And there were more than 10,000 acres actively being developed, including the 1,200-acre Porteos mixed-use project near DIA and the 850-acre Majestic Commercenter near Interstate 70 and Tower Road.
    This year, the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center expects to hire 1,500 employees. And Aurora is still in the running for Amazon's second headquarters, Tilliss said.
    "We do know we have a site within the Metro Denver area," she said referring the metro Denver bid for Amazon's HQ2 facility. In its application, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. highlighted eight possible sites from across the region, including Broomfield, Adams County, Denver County, Arapahoe, Boulder, Jefferson and Douglas counties.