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August 2015
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City Council Approves Construction Defects Law defects
Commerce City became the latest municipality to approve an ordinance this month to alter the way the state's construction defects law works within the city. City Council unanimously approved the ordinance which applied to new construction within Commerce City after August 1. The Denver Post acknowledged the city council's decision in an Aug. 8 editorial.

"As the state's fourth-fastest growing community, having a
Mayor Sean Ford
variety of housing options within the city is critical to meeting our vision of a quality community for a lifetime," said Mayor Sean Ford. "Commerce City has not approved a new condominium or multi-family project since 2008. I am hopeful that our action this evening will spur new conversations with our industry partners to meet the needs of our diverse 51,762 residents."

Read more about the construction defects ordinance in the
RTD's Skyway Bridge in Commerce City will be the longest bridge in Colorado skywaybridge
The North Metro Rail team recently broke ground on the longest bridge in Colorado, which spans 9,533 feet and stands nearly 50 feet above grade at its highest point. The bridge is one of 13 structures that is part of the 18.5-mile commuter rail line project that will run from Denver Union Station through Commerce City, ending at Thornton's Eastlake-124 th Avenue station.

When complete, the Skyway Bridge will carry electric commuter rail trains, crossing 11 existing transportation corridors and waterways. The bridge will begin its northward rise just south of York Street in Commerce City. It spans above and across York Street; BNSF and UP railway tracks; Brighton Boulevard; the Farmers Reservoir & Irrigation Company (FRICO) ditch ; Sand Creek; and Interstate 270. The bridge will touch down adjacent to Bambei-Walker Reservoir, which is just south of E. 68th Avenue. Learn more at

This artist rendering shows the Skyway Bridge going over Interstate-270.  
Commerce City's economic development division will host one   of eight national site selectors attending the annual Metro Denver Site Selection Conference, Sept. 16-18, 2015.

Organized by a collaboration of economic development professionals throughout the Front Range, the conference is one of the most effective strategies for marketing Metro Denver's business attributes to site selectors and corporate real estate professionals, the key decision makers in corporate relocations and expansions that bring new jobs and investment to the region.

Site selectors will experience three whirlwind days of tours and meetings showcasing Metro Denver's companies and industries, real estate and cultural amenities. Economic Development staff will have the opportunity to develop long lasting relationships by participating in the conference. More information and registration is available at
Energy is an important industry cluster in Commerce City. More and more Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Stations are popping up throughout the city. Ward Alternative Energy was recently awarded a $1.5 million  grant for a new CNG fueling station in Commerce City. Four companies were awarded through round III of the ALT Fuels Colorado grant program administered through the Colorado Energy Office.
Ward Alternative Energy grew from Ward Petroleum's more than 50 years of experience in discovering, producing and compressing natural gas in the field.  The company began providing clean energy natural gas fuels and fueling station services for commercial and governmental fleet vehicles in Colorado in 2012.  A new fueling station is currently being planned for Commerce City. 
The ALT Fuels grant program is designed to remove barriers to the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) by addressing the lack of fueling infrastructure.  4CNG, in partnership with Sapp Brothers of Commerce City, was awarded a grant in September 2014.
Read the official press release from the Colorado Energy Office here. For more information on Ward Alternative Energy visit their website.

Retail Cornerrc

  •  7-11 is adding two new convenience stores / gas stations in Commerce City. The first is going in on the NE corner of 104th Avenue and US Highway 2 and the second is on the SW corner of 96th Avenue and Yosemite Street.


  •   The Work Wear Safety Shoe Company recently renovated its 3,600 square-foot location at 4952 East 62nd Avenue. The retailer chose Commerce City for its first Colorado location in 2005 and offers durable and affordable men's and women's safety shoes including steel and composite toe work boots.






  •  According to CoStar Realty Information, the Commerce City retail market added over 18,200 square feet of rentable retail space over the last year. This makes the total square-footage of retail listings reported in the city at 1.35 million with a 4.3 percent overall vacancy rate. There is 161 million square feet of retail space in the rest of the Denver metro area with a vacancy rate of 5 percent. For more information and other economic indicators view the quarterly economic activity report.



Commerce City Economic Development Division
City of Commerce City
7887 E. 60th Ave
Phone: 303-289-3620 

Upcoming Events
Startup Orientation
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

: Sept. 10, 2015 or November 12, 2015

: Oct. 8, 2015 or December 10, 2015

North Metro Denver SBDC-Commerce City Satellite
Fee: $0

Business Planning
Boot Camp
6 - 8 p.m., five sessions starting Oct. 7, 2015
North Metro Denver SBDC-Commerce City Satellite
Fee: $100

Click here to learn more about these SBDC workshops and register.

Train To Be a Machinist

Introduction to Machining (Manual Machining) Starts September 14, 2015

Intermediate Machining
(CNC) Starts September 1, 2015

90-hour classes are held at FRCC Advanced Technology Center - Longmont
2 evenings per week and ½-day on Saturday
Up to $2,000 in scholarships are available. For more information call or email Jennifer Fyhrie at 303-678-3791 .
Look Who's Moved In

Elite Custom Exteriors LLC

Hardcore Electric Inc.