The Western Union Company announced on Tuesday (Dec. 4) that it has completed the relocation of its global headquarters from Englewood to Denver, Colorado, saying it expects to make a long-term economic investment in the region of more than $300 million over the next 10 years.
In a press release, Western Union said its new headquarters has access to a light rail and other urban amenities that will not only have a positive environmental impact, but will also make it easier for employees to commute to work. Shuttles will transport employees between two locations, with the combined space totaling about 350,000 square feet with workspace for more than 1,300 employees in Denver. Western Union said the facilities have a range of upgraded features, including advanced conferencing and communication technology, innovation labs and ergonomically designed furniture.
“As the centerpiece of our worldwide operations, our new headquarters reflects the company’s ongoing transformation, with a state-of-the-art workspace that promotes collaboration, innovation and sustainability,” Western Union President and CEO Hikmet Ersek said in the press release. “The move to this dynamic city marks another milestone in the significant, long-term commitment we made one year ago, to reinvest in community and people, further strengthening our roots in Denver.”
Western Union noted that in addition to opening up its new headquarters, it recently announced that it will work with Boulder-based Techstars to run a mentorship-driven accelerator program and provide seed funding. The 30 early-stage international startups will be based out of Western Union’s new Denver-based headquarters, and will work closely with and be mentored by the company’s leadership team. What’s more, the company announced in 2017 that it would contribute $1 million to local nonprofits in Denver that support education. Those include the Denver Public Schools Foundation, Junior Achievement of Rocky Mountain, Emily Griffith Technical College and Mi Casa Resource Center.
“Western Union connects people around the world every day. With progressive workspaces such as community hubs, technology-enhanced meeting rooms and a grand staircase for company-wide meetings and broadcasts, we’re connecting our employees in new ways and fostering a collaborative atmosphere,” EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer Richard Williams said in the same press release. “Our vision, people and productive work environment will enable us to attract and retain the best talent in the Denver area.”