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DIA20: Denver airport transports Colorado business

, Reporter-Denver Business Journal.

DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc., one of metro Denver’s largest employers, probably wouldn’t even be here if Denver International Airport hadn’t been built. The Fortune 500 kidney-care company moved its headquarters to Colorado from El Segundo, California, in 2009, after acquiring Lakewood-based Gambro Healthcare and its 520 dialysis centers in 2005 for more than $3 billion. The company then built a $101 million, 270,000-square-foot, 14-story office tower near Denver Union Station that it moved into in 2012.

“The airport definitely came into play in our [relocation] decision in different ways,” said Rebecca Griggs, DaVita’s vice president of value creation. “We have 2,000 dialysis centers across the U.S., so it was important to be centrally located and have easy access to a large airport.”

The company’s relocation has been a boon to metro Denver’s economy. DaVita (NYSE: DVA) has doubled its Colorado employees since the move, growing from 800 employees (“teammates” in DaVita’s terminology) at the end of 2008 to 1,600 now. Since 2012, DaVita has flown 14,000 employees to its Denver headquarters for training, so “it’s important to have an international airport in our backyard,” Griggs said.

The DaVita training translates to 50,000 hotel nights and $8 million in revenue for downtown hotels, Griggs said.

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