Three years ago next month, Denver suddenly woke up to the realization that it could lose the National Western Stock Show -- maybe to another city, maybe to that upstart Aurora and its proposed Gaylord Entertainment hotel -- an $800 million, Western-themed hotel and entertainment complex by Denver I ... More >>
Last week, the Houston-based company that plans to develop an 85-acre, 1,500-room hotel and convention center in Aurora, near Denver International Airport, revealed that it would like to add a gigantic, $25 million indoor-outdoor water park to the project. RIDA Development Corporation, which took t ... More >>
The saga of the Gaylord hotel in Aurora continues -- this time with good news for the folks behind the proposed 1,500-room hotel and convention center. In a letter on view below, the state attorney general's office has denied a request by a group of Colorado hotels that the Colorado Economic Devel ... More >>
On May 1, Adams County commissioners and other elected leaders gave Mayor Michael Hancock a week to provide a list of "tangible benefits" they would realize from Denver's plans to push forward with development around Denver International Airport. Hancock responded with a letter saying their demand h ... More >>
A new developer will take over the stalled Gaylord hotel project in Aurora, which won an estimated $81.4 million tax rebate from the state last year before hospitality giant Gaylord Entertainment announced it was restructuring -- and that building the 1,500-room hotel and conference center here wasn ... More >>
This morning the Colorado Economic Development Commission will hear an update on the Regional Tourism Act award made to Aurora last May, two weeks before Gaylord Entertainment pulled the plug on an $800 million convention/hotel complex, sending the city scrambling for a replacement that's yet to app ... More >>
Mayor-elect Michael Hancock hadn't even moved into his office in City Hall when he learned that claim jumpers were trying to woo one of Denver's longtime institutions: the National Western Stock Show. That discovery quickly followed the revelation that Aurora had been working with Gaylord Entertainm ... More >>
The economic development news out of Aurora this year hasn't been great. The high-profile deal to build a 1,500-room hotel hit a big snag when developer Gaylord Entertainment restructured its company. But Yuriy Gorlov of the Aurora Economic Development Council says that while blockbuster deals are w ... More >>
Six months ago Gaylord Entertainment Co. made its case to Colorado, explaining why a proposed 1,500-room, $824 hotel/resort/convention complex in Aurora was a good deal -- good enough to justify the state offering big tax incentives. Today, the company that made that pitch no longer exists.
Just two months ago, Aurora was looking at the dawn of a new economic era. The Colorado Economic Development Commission had just recommended the proposed Gaylord Entertainment hotel/resort/convention complex receive $81.4 million from the state'sRegional Tourism Act program, on top of the $300 milli ... More >>
Gaylord Entertainment dumped its plans for a giant hotel/convention center/resort in Aurora, and GE has postponed its big new plant in Aurora -- if not ditched it entirely. But at least Aurora had control over one business deal: It had no problem selling its water to an oil and gas company.
Things were looking up for Aurora, Colorado.That's how it seemed earlier this year when we wrote about the suburb's new tourism organization, Visit Aurora. Why? Aurora looked sure to land the state tourism incentives it needed to entice Gaylord Entertainment to build a giant hotel there; the city wa ... More >>
It was a year ago today that Denver woke up to discover that upstart Aurora had rustled a major deal in the metro area: a massive, $800 million hotel/spa/convention complex that Gaylord Entertainment would build near Denver International Airport.
Aurora's tourism efforts got a big boost Friday, when the state's Economic Development Commission approved $81 million in Regional Tourism Act incentives for the hotel/resort/convention complex planned by Gaylord Entertainment Co. The project could open by 2016 -- which means Aurora has a few years ... More >>
Today, the state's Economic Development Commission will choose which, if any, of six projects that applied will get subsidies under the Regional Tourism Act. Eco devo chief Ken Lund has recommended that just one be granted incentives: Gaylord, which wants to build an Aurora hotel/resort complex.
Today was a good day for Aurora tourism -- and not for the same reason as on November 28, 1979, when a mysterious Hollywood stunt man showed up with a plan to build a massive amusement park called Science Fiction Land. Today's good news came courtesy the Colorado Economic Development Commission, whi ... More >>
Dry Dock Brewing, the 2009 Small Brewer of the Year and a darling of the Colorado craft beer scene, will open a huge second brewery in north Aurora later this year. The company will also begin canning four of its most popular beers with a packaging system is has ordered from Wild Goose Engineering i ... More >>
The competition for state tourism incentives will remain as stiff as ever thanks to a veto this morning from Governor John Hickenlooper. Hick nixed a bill that would have allowed the Colorado Economic Development Commission to approve up to six new projects for sales-tax rebates. Six projects, inclu ... More >>
Frank Gray is president of the Castle Rock Economic Development Council in Douglas County. Yet at a public hearing yesterday on six projects vying for big-bucks state tourism incentives, Gray eschewed his county's own project and, like many of the 23 people who testified, spoke in favor of Gaylord E ... More >>
The addition of a 1,500-room hotel and conference center in Aurora would definitely give out-of-towners a reason to visit. And Aurora is looking for 'em, as explained in our cover story, "Wish You Were Here!" Yesterday, the company that wants to build said behemoth hotel made a pitch for the million ... More >>
Aurora, Colorado has several things going for it. While its collection of pawn shops and motels may or may not be among them, the city's water definitely is. (Check out this impressive list of awards!) This week's cover story, "Wish You Were Here!" explains how the eager city is hoping to lure touri ... More >>
Proposed hotel.There have been some tense times between Aurora and Denver officials since word came down this summer that Gaylord Entertainment would like to build a hotel/resort complex in Aurora -- and move the National Western Stock Show there, too.
Mayor Michael Hancock defined his concept of a "win" for Denver in any "win-win-win" solution for the National Western Stock Show during a speech before the venerable City Club of Denver yesterday: "Folks, we have got to find a way to keep the National Western Stock Show in Denver," he told t ... More >>
What's next? Cows will get to cast ballots in Aurora? The Libertarian Party -- like the National Western Stock Show, an institution that got its start in Colorado -- is concerned that Aurora is about to give voting rights to a corporation: Gaylord Entertainment, the out-of-state company tryin ... More >>
Hancock.A week after his inauguration, Mayor Michael Hancock really takes the reins today. This morning, he'll hold his first Mayor-City Council meeting (five of the reps are complete newbies -- unlike Hancock, who was on council for eight years). That'll be followed by the initial gathering ... More >>
Back in the wild, wild West, rustlers were shot for stealing your property. Here in the mild, mild West, they hire lawyers and lobbyists and ask you to help build their new corral. Because now it looks like Denver will not only lose the National Western Stock Show to Aurora, but may pay for t ... More >>
Aurora is so eager to have Gaylord Entertainment build its giant convention center/hotel/resort there that it's pushing for a $300 million tax subsidy for the project -- but only if Gaylord doesn't use the word "Denver" in the name of the hotel. Other options?
Gaylord Entertainment says its huge convention-and-hotel complex plan for Aurora is not contingent on the National Western Stock Show leaving its home for 105 years in north Denver and moving right next door to the new project. And what does the Stock Show say?
While Denver City Council was approving a proposal to turn the city's back yards into a barnyard, Aurora was attempting to rustle the National Western Stock Show. The city dangled a $300 million incentive to lasso the annual event for a new complex that would be built by Denver International ... More >>