City of Thornton
The award for ‘Large Community of the Year’ was presented to the City of Thornton.
In 2011, Thornton City Council identified redevelopment and job creation as their top two Council priorities and they remain so today. Since 2014, Thornton has made significant strides in several areas affecting Economic Development, including ED policy decisions, infrastructure development, regulatory reform, success in development opportunities, and professional development. These changes have led to major ED successes in Thornton including a variety of projects:
- Thornton Water Project, a $400+ million pipeline project to provide water for Thornton until buildout
- Simon Premium Outlets, the state’s only premium outlets development at 365,000 sq. ft.
- Amazon Robotics Sort Facility, Colorado’s largest industrial facility at 2.4 million sq. ft.
“We made a conscious decision to make economic development a priority in Thornton,” said John Cody, Economic Development Director of the City of Thornton. “After the recession, we knew we had to take a serious approach and started looking around the state at what works, and what doesn’t work. That was the beginning of our efforts to employ economic development as our growth strategy.”