Denver: The Innovative City

Denver Colorado

Denver the city, county and capital of Colorado continues to reinvent itself over the years and forms part of its early history. A few years after the mining industry success and in a period not too distant from its founding in 1898; settlers reinvested locally part of their new fortunes. Most came to the area to seek new ventures and opportunities and not just to enjoy the great views of the mountains. In the 1970’s the energy industry became prominent and facilitated economically many of the high rise buildings we see today. At this time again, Denver residents continued reinvesting locally in construction, breweries, restaurants, and shopping centers. This led to the development of another thriving business sector, the Denver Tech Center. Later on in the 1980’s a setback occurred due to a bust from oil industry. The 1990’s experienced a shift in population when many people left the city to live in the suburbs. The economy reflected this change; however due the good planning in the early years; it survived and the city reinvented itself once again by diversifying into several other economic areas. To this day, Denver continues sharpening the saw by naturally looking into and investing in new strategic opportunities. Agriculture, animal stock, tourism, electronics, one of a kind restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, telecommunications and transportation models; among other industries; continues delivering much success due to early planning.

How were all these successful outcomes possible? They were possible by effective strategy from locals, a good location and great leadership. Robert Speer dominated Denver politics as mayor from 1904 to 1912 and again from 1916 to 1918. The street Speers Boulevard downtown honors his name and contributions. The Mayor knew how to bring people from different backgrounds, ethnic groups, and business interests to work together in modernizing the city. After all, Denver was founded from its very beginning by diverse people seeking a better life and opportunity. During this time he led the development of the Civic Center Complex that sits below the State Capitol. Thanks to his plans and skeptic contributors; tourists and residents today enjoy many of the great events celebrated at this location.

Residents enjoying downtown Denver Event

The city is blessed by its centered location. Denver sits on flat high plains east of the fourteen-thousand-foot high Rocky Mountains that at one time railroads and airlines rumored at wishing to avoid. So how does Denver respond? It responds again by planning and building strategic freeways, roads and light rails that today once again bring Denver as a city to the center stage. Also, a new airport was constructed that is fifty three square miles long and with a roof made of heat and light reflecting tension fabric that protects from the sun intensity for it shines brightly on the state for about 300 days a year. Denver is called the Mile High City for its geography is at an altitude of 5, 280 feet which allows plenty of sunshine to brighten ones day. If standing at the 15th step of the State Capitol one is at exactly at 5,280 feet (one mile high). The view of the Mountains along the western skylines makes Denver one of the most scenic cities to live in. The airport has plenty of shops and other amenities and today is the largest one in the nation serving as an international hub that has further facilitated new commerce and industry to come into the area. (Denver: Mining Camp to Metropolis, 1990). Denver is also located close to the center of the United States and serves as a great hub for transportation and product exchanges between the east and the west side of the country. Military would often stop in this area when traveling half way across the states to rest from their trip and later many returned to become residents. The city to this day enjoys a very diverse dynamic population.

In conclusion. Today we still have a Mayor and a former Mayor now Governor that continues to try to bring people and their ideas to work together, as in days past in caring for the city. Also the population still enjoys reinventing themselves while re-investing again and again into their beloved city. One is able today to continue this tradition of reinventing and strategizing by advertising here with us. Colorado Small is an organization and company that promotes Colorado so we can continue to bring your unique stories and businesses to life for the public to enjoy. Advertise with us today! Look for our services page coming soon or call at 720-629-4800 for a consultation.


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Leonard, Stephen J., and Thomas J. Noel. Denver: Mining Camp to Metropolis. Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1990.

Theresa Nielsen, (2016) BA Entrepreneurial Studies. Publisher.