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:

2018 Economic Forecast for Metro Denver

January 2018

In 2018, the country entered its ninth year of the current economic expansion. Bolstered by a stabilized oil and gas market, wage growth, tax reform, and strong global economy, gross domestic product will continue to grow as employment increases and the unemployment rate remains low. However, the pace of employment growth will slow as a result of tight labor markets and persistently low labor force participation rates. Inflation is expected to approach the Federal Reserve's target rate, while the central bank continues to unwind its balance sheet. Positive national growth trends will coincide with continued expansion at the state and regional level, as all industry supersectors in Metro Denver post positive employment growth in 2018.

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 2018 Economic Forecast 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 2018 economic forecast featuring Patty Silverstein, President of Development Research Partners, can be seen below.


Vectra Bank's 25th Annual Economic Forecast

January 31, 2018



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

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

March 2018 Benchmark


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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