Broomfield, Douglas counties among 25 best in U.S. for jobs

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BROOMFIELD, Colo. — If you’re looking for a job in Colorado, you might want to consider Broomfield or Douglas counties, both of which have been named among the 25 best regions in the country for job growth by “Money” magazine.

Broomfield County came in at No. 15 on the list, with Douglas County coming in at No. 20. Our neighbors to the north also made the list, with Wyoming’s Laramie County checking in at No. 17.

Colorado was one of seven states that had two counties on the list, with no state having more than two. Columbia County in Georgia received the top spot on the list, with a job growth rate of 14.1 percent over the past two full years.

Here’s what “Money” had to say about the two Colorado counties on their list:

Broomfield County
Job growth (2010-2012): 9.7%

Broomfield County is cooking up business. Its new Kitchen Coop serves as an incubator and manufacturing site for 11 up-and-coming organic and natural food businesses, including baking company Bella Gluten-Free and nut butter company Kolat. Meanwhile, Famous Brands International, the maker of Mrs. Fields cookies and TCBY frozen yogurt, relocated its headquarters, franchisee-training center and flagship shop to the county, bringing 40 jobs.

Active Network, an event registration software company, is consolidating several of its operations in Broomfield and plans to hire 200 more employees over the next five years, according to Bo Martinez, director of economic development for the county.

The county’s location near the University of Colorado and 16 federal science, research and engineering centers makes it attractive to Fortune 500 companies. Indeed, Ball and Level 3 Communications are headquartered here.

Douglas County
Job growth (2010-2012): 9.1%

Douglas County is building up businesses and building out homes. Job gains are up across a range of sectors as new companies move in and existing ones bolster employee rolls.

Health care technology company TriZetto opened its new headquarters in Douglas and reportedly plans to hire 750 over five years. Credit-card company Visa reportedly is expected to add 400 new jobs within five years at its global technology center. Real estate investor Redwood Trust also plans to hire 500.

With these jobs come plans for a new 12,500-home subdivision. Denver’s M.D.C. Holdings was recently tabbed to build the 3,400-acre Sterling Ranch site in northwest Douglas County. Homebuilding on this scale is expected to create hundreds of jobs, from construction and manufacturing to mortgages and real estate.

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