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Connectivity to Fuel Growth

Products and people move with ease in Colorado Springs, where connectivity and reliability are the backbone of business. Strategically centralized, Colorado Springs offers access to a web of east-west and north-south interstates. Transportation in Colorado Springs soars at the Colorado Springs Airport, home to Amazon distribution centers and, in 2021, Southwest Airlines. Electric reliability and low costs are an added benefit for data centers like SAP America and businesses of all types.

Facts & Figures

21.8 Minutes
Average Local Commute
70 Minutes
Average Commute to Denver
99.99%
Electric Power Reliability
Low
Telecom Latency Rate

Road

Manufacturers to defense contractors, Colorado Springs businesses are strategically located in the central part of the U.S.

Interstate 25 runs conveniently through the city and intersects with Interstate 70 for broad east-west access. With a $350 million investment, lanes are being added to Interstate 25 to streamline the short trip between Colorado Springs and Denver. Interstate interconnectivity means commutes to ports in Texas and California take less than one day.

With 300 days of sunshine and infrequent snowfall, roads remain clear and open for travel.

Air

Just minutes from downtown, the Colorado Springs Airport is Colorado’s small airport with big benefits. Year-round and seasonal nonstop service includes 10 cities, with Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas among them. Southwest Airlines begins service and additional non-stop flights in March 2021. Airport users enjoy an easy-to-navigate terminal, short wait times for security screenings, a business lounge, valet parking, and free Wi-Fi access.

The Peak Innovation Park at the airport is the largest master planned development in Colorado Springs, with more than 900 acres of land for office, industrial, retail, hospitality, entertainment, recreation, and residential uses.

The Colorado Springs Airport also offers robust general aviation and corporate aviation assets. Already home to the Colorado Jet Center and Cutter Aviation, more than 500 acres are available for aviation-related development. Fixed and mobile maintenance services are available, as well as for avionics instruments. There is no user fee for on-site U.S. Customs services.

Colorado Springs is only a 75-minute drive from Denver International Airport, one of the largest, busiest airports in the country. Traveling to and from Denver International Airport is easy, with daily shuttles running from Colorado Springs to the airport.

Rail

BNSF Railway and Union Pacific operate rail lines through the Colorado Springs region. A study is underway to assess the feasibility of a regional rail spur.

Utilities

Data centers like Walmart and all businesses benefit from the reliability and affordability of Colorado Springs Utilities. The municipally owned enterprise (does not report to a PUC) provides electric, natural gas, water and wastewater services. A dedicated team partners with businesses to understand operations and ensure customers gain the most strategic rate structures.

Utility facts:

  • Electric reliability: 99.99%
  • Average power interruption: 40.95 minutes (in 2019)
  • Nearly 75% of electric lines are underground
  • Diverse fuel mix for electric generation, including 11% renewables
  • Able to generate 99% of its power, eliminating risk for capacity constraints

Colorado Springs’ extensive telecommunications infrastructure supports military assets, intelligence services, data centers and information technology businesses. A large number of fiber trunk lines span the region for state-of-the-art communication capabilities. Carriers with fiber access include Level 3, CenturyLink, TW Telecom, Comcast, Zayo, Windstream and Verizon. Round-trip latency is rated as low for most destinations.

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Mid-Sized Cities for New or Expansion Projects Site Selectors Guild 2020
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Up & Coming Tech Market CBRE 2020

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