Aerospace / Aviation

Aerospace / Aviation

An Atmosphere in Which Big Ideas Thrive

Aerospace and aviation innovation have deep roots in Colorado, and the Northern Colorado area is instrumental in propelling sustainable growth in this industry. The region is home to major aerospace research and manufacturing employers that support civil, commercial and military needs. In addition to providing residence to some of the largest aerospace companies in the country, Colorado is also home to a robust system of U.S. Department of Defense institutions that play an essential role in the collaboration between the government and private sector. With two regional airports, Denver International Airport one hour away and world-class manufacturing facilities, aviation also plays a large role in this industry’s success.



Number of Establishments: 96
2014 Average Employment: 1,982
2014 Average Income: $90,125


The Warehouse, located in Loveland, became NASA’s First Business Accelerator Partner in 2015
NASA awarded Colorado State University a $9 million grant in 2015 to build a research facility to study the impact of long-term space radiation exposure
The National Science Foundation awarded Colorado State University a $2 million, five-year grant to improve computer sciences and engineering education
The Northern Colorado Regional Airport will become the first in the country to test a Virtual Air Traffic Control Tower in 2016