Colorado's Aerotropolis

One of the most compelling economic opportunities in the world is moving forward. The Colorado Aerotropolis Visioning Study concluded in May 2016.

The study team is available for presentations to interested groups about the study and its findings. To schedule a time or request additional information, please contact the following individuals:

  • Michelle Claymore
    City of Commerce City Economic Development Director

  • Evan Dreyer
    City and County of Denver Deputy Chief of Staff

  • John Potts
    Denver International Airport (DEN) Development Director

What is an Aerotropolis?

Aerotropolis is an urban plan in which the layout, infrastructure, and economy are centered on and around an airport.

Visioning Study

The Federal Highway Administration funded a grant for a Colorado Aerotropolis Visioning Study to identify opportunities for the efficient infrastructure needed to foster and support economic development around Denver International Airport (DIA). This study, administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation, came at an opportune time to capitalize on the 1A ballot measure actions approved by Adams and Denver county voters in November 2015. The visioning study concluded in May 2016.

Collaborative Investment

The planning framework identified opportunities for collaborative investments in infrastructure (Transportation, Water, Wastewater, Power, Communications and Drainage).


Jurisdictions adjacent to or near the airport were major stakeholders of the visioning study including Adams County, Aurora, Brighton, Commerce City and Denver. Economic development corporations, transportation agencies, and other infrastructure agencies were also involved in the study effort.

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