In a study of 19 metro areas across the U.S., Denver ranks #2 as the most competitive place to do business. The report takes into account three factors: the economy, the environment and equity (how well the wealth and social services are spread out).
Denver follows Seattle and is ahead of Portland (guess weather is not a factor!) in the "sustainable competitiveness" study.
The objective of the study is to determine the areas where a city needs to improve. Suggesting that cities can no longer focus on one area of improvement. There are three distinct "quality of life" indicators, are linked, with each effecting the other.
Denver improved it's ranking from #4 last year. Denver scores highly for it's business climate and ability to attract venture capital funding for start-up companies. The area needing work is commute time for workers, air quality and early childhood education.