DaVita Healthcare is expanding its world headquarters in downtown Denver.
A provider of kidney care services, including dialysis centers, DaVita will build a new highrise directly across from its existing facility on the 16th Street Mall. It will be complete in 2018. As part of the expansion, DaVita will hire approximately 800 new employees. The new positions will pay an average of $89,000. The current metro average salary is $52,000, according to officials from the Denver Metro Chamber.
CEO Kent Thiry says Colorado's selling point is the ability for leaders to cooperate -- despite political differences.
"I would say that Colorado and Denver has more of an air of compromise, of reasonableness, a shared sense of civic responsibility. It's a very different culture from many other states," Thiry said.
The DaVita growth may extend beyond the board room.
"You also have to think about the nonprofits. People give back personally, companies give back," he said.
Kelly Brough of the Denver Metro Chamber says the growth at DaVita may encourage others to consider Colorado.
"There's nothing better than one CEO saying to another, 'Here's why we're so successful in Colorado,'" she said.
Thiry says that's already happening.
"Just in the last three months, I've had a major healthcare company and a major technology company and a medium size industrial company, in all three cases, those CEOs grabbed me to ask more questions
about Denver because they are wondering if they should consider it as their next home."
Recruiters are already looking to fill the new positions according to a company official.