About the World Trade Center Denver: History

History of the World Trade Center Denver

In 1987, more than 200 public and private sector representatives with an ardent interest in expanding the international base of Colorado's economy met to explore ways in which the Rocky Mountain Region could more effectively benefit from the increasing globalization taking place throughout the world. Believing that change brings opportunity, this group began to form a vision of Denver and the region as a model global community, linked to the rest of the world by trade, investment, education, culture, transportation and communication.That vision led to the formation of the World Trade Center Denver in 1987, serving as a focal point and a resource for Colorado's international business community.

Founding Partners

The Metropolitan State College Foundation had acquired the license for a World Trade Center in Denver in 1987 and saw a unique opportunity to strengthen the college's ties to the international business community by transferring the license to a partnership of interested organizations. That founding partnership consisted of Metro State College (who developed the World Trade Center's globally recognized international business skills training program); BCE Development (the owners of the facility that became the World Trade Center); the Denver Chamber of Commerce; the Colorado International Trade Office; and the Rocky Mountain District Export Council. These organizations launched the Rocky Mountain World Trade Center Association, the international resource and service organization that has become known as the World Trade Center Denver.

The World Trade Center Denver Today

With a membership of more than 250 companies and individuals, the World Trade Center Denver is a hub for the region's international business community and through its partnerships, a one-stop, international resource for Colorado businesses as well as overseas businesses looking to locate in the U.S. The World Trade Center Denver maintains its privately funded non-profit membership organization status concentrating on raising awareness of Denver, and the Rocky Mountain Region, as an international competitor. In addition, the World Trade Center Denver now houses the non-profit Rocky Mountain World Trade Center Institute undefined the region's leading international business skills training program. Through networking events, seminars, roundtables, educational programs, annual events and advocacy, the World Trade Center Denver is shaping the region's position within the global economy.


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