Western Union Completes Relocation to One Belleview Station
DENVER — Western Union has completed the relocation of its global headquarters from Englewood to its new, highly-visible location at One Belleview Station, a Class AA office building located at 7001 East Belleview Avenue in the Denver Tech Center..
According to a press release, the Fortune 500 company estimates making a long-term economic investment to the region of more than USD $300 million over the next decade.
“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,” President and CEO of Western Union, Hikmet Ersek said. “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.”
Central to light rail access and other urban amenities, Western Union supports the positive environmental impact of public transit, while also making it easier for employees to commute to work and take advantage of the efficiency of working while in transit. Shuttles will transport employees between the two locations at 7001 E. Belleview Ave. and 7979 E. Tufts Ave. The combined space totals approximately 350,000 square feet with workspaces for the more than 1,300 employees based in Denver. The facilities have a range of upgraded features from advanced conferencing and communication technology, innovation labs, and ergonomically designed furniture, to digitally-enabled, self-checkout micro markets.
“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 at Western Union, Richard Williams said. “Our vision, people and productive work environment will enable us to attract and retain the best talent in the Denver area.”
Western Union recently announced that the company will work with Boulder-based Techstars, to run a mentorship-driven accelerator program and provide seed funding. The 30 early-stage international start-ups will be based out of Western Union’s new Denver-based headquarters, work closely with and be mentored by the company’s leadership team.
Last year, the Western Union Foundation announced an infusion of USD $1 million in contributions to local nonprofits supporting education, including: Denver Public Schools Foundation, Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, Emily Griffith Technical College, and Mi Casa Resource Center. Since its inception in 2001, the Western Union Foundation has provided nearly $8 million in grants to 340 non-profits in the Denver community.
This year, Western Union celebrates 155 years in Denver. On October 10, 1863 the first telegraph line arrived in Denver, connecting to the transcontinental telegraph in Julesburg, Colorado.
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