↓ "Denver's economy is based partially on its geographic position and its
connection to some of the major transportation systems of the country. Because Denver is the
largest city within 500 miles (800 km), it has become a natural location for storage
and distribution of goods and services to the Mountain States. Denver is also approximately
halfway between the large cities of the Midwest like Chicago and St. Louis and the cities of the
West Coast, another benefit for distribution. Over the years, the city has been home to other
large corporations in the central United States, making Denver a key trade point for the
Geography also allows Denver to have a considerable
government presence, with many federal agencies based or having offices in the Denver area. In
fact, the Denver Metropolitan Area has more federal workers than any other metropolitan area
except for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Along with the plethora of federal agencies
come many companies based on US defense and space projects, and more jobs are brought to the
city by virtue of its being the capital of the state of Colorado. The Denver area is home to the
former nuclear weapons plant Rocky Flats, the Denver Federal Center, the Denver Mint and the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory...
Denver's west-central geographic location in the
Mountain Time Zone (UTC -7) also benefits the telecommunications industry by allowing
communication with both North American coasts, South America, Europe, and Asia in the same
business day. Denver's location on the 105th meridian at over 1-mile (1.6 km) in elevation
also enables it to be the largest city in the U.S. to offer a 'one-bounce' real-time satellite
uplink to six continents in the same business day. Qwest Communications, Dish Network
Corporation, Starz-Encore, DIRECTV, and Comcast are just a few of the many telecommunications
companies with operations in the Denver area...
Denver has also enjoyed success as a pioneer in the
fast casual restaurant industry, with many popular national chain restaurants founded and based
in Denver. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Quizno's, and Smashburger were founded and are currently
headquartered in Denver. Additionally, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Noodles & Company, and Good
Times Burgers & Frozen Custard originated in Denver, but all have since moved their
headquarters to the nearby suburbs of Wheat Ridge, Broomfield, and Golden."
-- Denver. (2010, April 8).
InWikipedia, The Free
Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:57, April 9, 2010,