The Colorado Springs culture of rugged individualism helps it score well with business owners, who appreciate its easygoing zoning laws and light regulations.
They also value its highly skilled population: The city is full of recent graduates from the University of Colorado and Colorado College, as well as Air Force veterans from nearby bases.
"We've got a pretty talented workforce we can tap into," said Jon Duncan, CEO of Managed Business Solutions, a consulting and data center management firm.
The tech scene is booming, and Colorado Springs has become a growing data center hub for the federal government and major corporations like HP (Fortune 500) and , FedEx (Fortune 500). That's created what Duncan calls "a gravitational pull," which attracts even more firms and talent. ,
Then there's the lure of the region's natural beauty. Adam Miller left Alaska to study in Colorado Springs and later launched Fat Bike, a mountain bike company.
The area is "everything outdoors you can imagine in one place," Miller said.
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