The community of Aurora, Colo., fought hard in the late ’90s to hold off the planned closing of their Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. The military base just outside Denver, which finally closed in 1999, employed 4,000 people.

Were it not for fortuitous timing, this story would likely have ended with the regional economic decline that typically follows the close of an Army base. But today, the area that used to host the medical center employs 9,000 people and counting — all thanks to a series of deals that has turned the area into a bioscience corridor.

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