Regional Initiatives

Stepping up to lead the region

Regional leadership

Regional collaboration is part of our brand in Colorado. The Aurora Economic Development Council has been a part of numerous regional initiatives since its inception, benefiting the City of Aurora, Adams County, and Arapahoe County as well as the entire Metro area and the State of Colorado.

Regional value

Aerotropolis Regional Committee

The Aurora Economic Development Council represents the City of Aurora on the Aerotropolis Regional Committee. This group also includes representatives from Adams County, Brighton, Commerce City, Denver, and Denver International Airport as directed by local elected officials. The cross-jurisdictional committee is tasked with defining Colorado’s aerotropolis – the thousands of developable acres on and around Denver International Airport – and driving a coordinated effort to promote development opportunities through strategic land use, infrastructure planning, and marketing efforts.

Courtesy of Denver International Airport

Future in space

Colorado Air and Space Port

The Aurora Economic Development Council partnered with integral stakeholders to support Adams County’s bid to create one of only a handful of space ports in the United States at Front Range Airport. Colorado Air and Space Port received its designation and Site Operator’s License from the Federal Aviation Administration in 2018. We are now working to catalyze development and attract primary employers to Adams County and this important regional asset.

Colorado Air and Space Port, photo courtesy of Adams County

Medical Excellence

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Fitzsimons Innovation Community

We have been involved since the inception of this powerful bioscience and healthcare asset. Recognizing the incredible economic potential, we supported the transformation from the former Fitzsimons Army site into the powerhouse it is today. We also worked with partners on critical infrastructure improvements that have increased access to the world-class facilities on the campus, including improvements to I-225, the 17th Ave. interchange, and the R Line light rail and Colfax Station. Today, tens of thousands of people are employed on the campus and it is a major economic engine for the region, generating $5.8 billion in economic impact to the State of Colorado.

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus courtesy of UCHealth