One of the main urban centers in Colorado, Aurora is the third most populous city in the state and the 54th most populous in the country. Because of its business-friendly policies and many amenities, the city continues to attract investment, remaining the fastest-growing area in Metro Denver since the recession a decade ago.

“We make it a priority to create an environment conducive to business. A few years ago, Amazon built a 500,000-square-foot facility with 500 employees here. They were so impressed with how Aurora did business that less than a year later, they added a million-square-foot facility and brought an additional 1,000 new jobs based on their experience here, not just on our reputation,” recalled then-Mayor Bob LeGare.

“Aurora offers a lot more than what other cities can with land, water and a predictable, efficient way of doing business being just some of our advantages. We also have ideal proximity to numerous major transportation corridors and the fifth-busiest international airport in the country. A lot of companies find it very attractive to do business here, where there are fewer developmental hurdles and plenty of opportunities,” LeGare added.

In November, LeGare and city team, determined to attract more Japanese businesses to the region, formed a trade mission to Japan to strengthen the city’s global network and met with key officials from Osaka, Yamagata, Kyoto and Hyogo, as well as medical and bioscience universities and research centers there.

“With Aurora’s thriving, multibillion dollar medical and bioscience enterprises at the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Fitzsimons Innovation Community, we see amazing potential to develop partnerships with Japanese businesses.  You can rest assured that we will continue our relationship with Japan” he said.