Economic Development

Golden is the place to prosper! It’s more than just business, it’s a lifestyle.

The City of Golden is committed to providing the highest quality of life and opportunities to prosper for its citizens, and for those who work in Golden, by ensuring Golden has a healthy economy.

The Community and Economic Development department is tasked with this responsibility. It coordinates Golden’s efforts related to land use, community and neighborhood planning, economic development, vitality and sustainability.

Golden is the place to prosper because of the City’s location and accessibility, convenient processes for starting or relocating a business, abundant resources, proven success and quality of life Golden.

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Location & Accessibility

Golden’s proximity to downtown Denver (just 15 minutes away) and the Rocky Mountains make it the place to locate or relocate. And you can now access Golden via five major highways or on light rail via the West Rail Line.

Convenient Processes

Golden is dedicated to creating a sustainable business community. Whether you’re starting up or already up and running, Golden is prepared to help you through the process every step of the way, and remove the frustration.

Abundant Resources

Golden’s institutional knowledge, culture of innovation and immense talent pool (with the Colorado School of Mines and Red Rocks Community College) provide ample opportunity for businesses to prosper.

Proven Success

Golden’s business community has always been a fountainhead for innovative businesses and institutions such as MillerCoors, CoorsTek and the National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL). Golden is also home to several leading international companies as well as industry leaders in clean technology. More information about Golden businesses can be found at

Quality of Life

Goldenites enjoy the City’s small-town charm with modern amenities, world-class outdoor adventure, a thriving arts and cultural scene, and a superior public education system with programs such as iSTEM.

Economic Development Division

The Economic Development Division administers and implements small business assistance programs, primary employment attraction and retention efforts, and the award-winning Visit Golden community marketing program. Golden’s Economic Development Commission provides direction for such efforts.

Learn more about living, working, and building a business in Golden:

Starting or Relocating a Business in Golden

Golden’s small-town government is accessible, motivated and excited to host your business. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you through the permitting process and provide referrals and resources along the way. You will quickly navigate our streamlined processes and feel right at home.

Economic Development Division staff are available at 303-384-8080 to answer questions related to:

  • Available land and space (check out LoopNet)
  • Business licensing
  • Access to capital
  • Required permits

Through the City’s Economic Development Commission (EDComm), Golden provides a welcoming and stimulating environment for existing businesses and startups. EDComm sponsors the Jefferson County Business Resource Center, which provides small business assistance programs. Check out the video to the right featuring JeffCo BRC graduates. EDComm also works closely with Jefferson County, the Golden Chamber of Commerce and other organizations that assist local innovators and small startup companies.

Traxion, supported in part by EDComm, is a Golden-based venture catalyst that provides structured support to startups and growing businesses through its educational programs, network of advisors and  professional services firms as well as access to capital through Rockies Venture Club. While able to support all non-manufacturing businesses, the preference is for STEM-related companies that align with Golden’s expertise and access to the Colorado School of Mines.

Click on the links below to learn more on preparing business plans, securing financing, state and federal regulations and other important information for startup and existing businesses.

Current / Special Economic Development Programs

The Guide to Community Involvement for Golden Businesses pdf document provides valuable information on how businesses can support local schools through internships, donations or informational speakers. Sign up today and get involved.

Golden’s economic development programs are designed to bolster economic health and opportunity within the City and the surrounding areas for residents and businesses alike.  

  • IRC Scholarships for local innovators
  • Educating for Tomorrow Scholarships for Golden High School Seniors
  • Sponsorship of the iSTEM program
Contact Us

For additional information, please contact:

Steve Glueck
Community and Economic Development Director

Robin Fleischmann
Economic Development Specialist

Hannah Button
Community Marketing Coordinator

The information on this page is also available for download pdf document.

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 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

Additional Resources

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