Economic and Demographic Research

Development Research Partners provides research in support of business and community activities, ranging from community profiles to evaluating and forecasting economic and market conditions.


Recent Projects include:

2017 Economic Update for Metro Denver

August 2017

As the current economic expansion continues, people start to question where we are in the business cycle. The “official” declaration of U.S. expansions and contractions comes from the National Bureau of Economic Research. As of August 2017, the current economic expansion has been underway for 98 months, which currently ranks as the third-longest expansion since tracking began in 1854. Where we are in the business cycle is an important consideration for most companies as they plan and budget for changing sales and staffing expectations.

This presentation includes current and projected growth trends at the national, state, and seven-county Metro Denver level. The presentation features employment and industry trends, population growth and consumer activity, and the residential and commercial real estate markets.

The 2017 Economic Update is available on the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp's website and a summary presentation is available below.

Summary Presentation

A webcast recording of the 2017 economic forecast featuring Patty Silverstein, President of Development Research Partners, can be seen below.


Vectra Bank's 24th Annual Economic Forecast

January 24, 2017



Monthly Economic Indicators

The Monthly Economic Indicators is a comprehensive analysis of economic conditions in the seven-county Metro Denver area, including Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties. The report contains four sections: labor force and employment, the consumer sector, residential real estate, and commercial real estate. The report presents recent data and long-term trends for the seven-county region. 

A synopsis of the current Monthly Economic Indicators is available on the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp's website.

Previous Monthly Indicators

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017


Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation's Data Central

Development Research Partners provides timely and accurate economic and demographic data and research to the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. Much of the data can be found on their website.


Toward a More Competitive Colorado - 12th Edition

November 2016

Toward a More Competitive Colorado (TMCC) is an annual benchmark study measuring Colorado's competitive position among the other 49 states. The TMCC report utilizes over 100 different measures of economic competitiveness from numerous national rankings and studies, identifying the state's strengths and challenges in several key areas including economic vitality, innovation, taxes, livability, K-12 education, higher education, health, and infrastructure. The report includes several international measures analyzing Colorado's place as a global competitor. The full report, and an executive summary of the report are available on the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp's website.


The Millennial Influence in Metro Denver

October 2016

The Millennial population includes individuals born between 1981 and 1997. Millennials are the largest population group in Metro Denver and are vital to Metro Denver's labor force and economic future. More information, including statistics and infographics are available at the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp's website


Spotlight on Lakewood - A Discussion of What Makes a Healthy Community

August 2016

Community and Economic Profiles
Development Research Partners customized research and analysis to help market your community. Economic and community profiles include the most current economic and demographic data for site selectors, businesses, residents, and others interested in expanding or locating to a region. Profiles may be just a few pages or more comprehensive.

Metro Denver Economic Profile

Customized Economic Indicators Reports

Development Research Partners specializes in creating and preparing economic reports tailored to clients' specific geography and information needs. Reports may be prepared monthly, quarterly, or annually and may include current and historic economic conditions, business news, and real estate activity. Development Research Partners prepares customized economic reports for a variety of government and economic development organizations. Samples of a few reports are found below.


Denver South EDP Quarterly Report

Downtown Denver Partnership Quarterly Report

Jefferson County Quarterly Economic Summary



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