Boulder Valley’s startup culture drives relocations, expansions

What a place. What other areas of the country can boast not only the level of entrepreneurship that we enjoy in the Boulder Valley, but also the diversity of industries that makes this such a powerful place to do business?

The answer, of course, is not many. Boulder, as well as the surrounding communities of Broomfield, Erie, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, etc., ranks as one of the most entrepreneurial regions in the country, noted by national publications such as the New York Times. Scarcely a week goes by without one of our communities showing up on some national ranking of excellence.

It’s difficult to define what created the Boulder Valley’s remarkable startup culture, but it’s apparent in a rich mix of sectors, including Internet, software, data storage, aerospace, outdoors, natural and organic, etc. And it’s apparent in the research capabilities at the University of Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the … OK, you get the picture, or at least, you will, with this publication.

This Economic Profile & Market Facts Book, published by the Boulder County Business Report, provides a snapshot of the Boulder Valley’s dynamic economy, with information on specific communities and key industry sectors. With this publication, we’ve combined some of the information from our Economic Profile magazine with the economic statistics and demographics of our Market Facts Book. The result is a powerful tool for local business leaders to better understand our market, and a resource for companies considering relocating or expanding to our region, or individuals from out of state contemplating a move.

We’re very grateful to the individuals who made this publication possible, including Jerd Smith and Paula Moore, who compiled the economic statistics and demographic information; our editorial staff: Doug Storum, Beth Potter, Michael Davidson and Dallas Heltzel; production team: Dave Thompson, Brittany Rauch, Bernie Simon and Chad Collins; and sales department: Kevin Loewen, Storm Hostetter and Dave Thomas.

This magazine will be distributed not only through the Boulder County Business Report, but also through local chambers of commerce and economic-development agencies. Please remember that this publication is intended as a snapshot of the Boulder Valley economy. If you would like more information about expansion or relocation options, please contact one of the region’s fine economic-development agencies or city officials mentioned in this publication.

And if you’re already here, the Economic Profile & Market Facts Book should remind you of what attracted you to the Boulder Valley in the first place.

Christopher Wood is publisher of the Boulder County Business Report. He can be reached at 303-440-4950 or via email at


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