Thomas L. Friedman penned "The World is Flat" in 2005, highlighting the globalization and, just as importantly, structural shifts corporations needed to undergo to take advantage of myriad opportunities. With 80% of the world's purchasing power and 95% of the world's population base lying outside our nation's border, this further spotlights the increasing shift of how, and with whom, companies do business. Innovation and entrepreneurship continue to at a pass never before seen in our planet's history and technologies allow us to communicate and travel to every corner of our flat world.
The Colorado Business Roundtable is excited to share some of the stories in our "Business Around the Globe" issue. It starts with our cover article, which truly thrusts Colorado onto the international stage Denver International Airport. DIA is celebrating its 20th year in operation and has done more for our international standing than any other signal factor. At 53 square miles, it is the largest airport in the United States by total land area, and runway 16R/34L is the longest public use runway in the U.S. at 16,000 feet. International flights are now commonplace and countries and elected officials continually look for additional international flights.