Why Locate Your Business Here?

The Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation's mission is to Assure that Chaffee County is Open For Business and promote the retention, expansion and creation of jobs.

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountain Region, Chaffee County boasts an incredible combination of human capital and natural resources. Chaffee County is known as the “Banana Belt of Colorado” due to a year-round mild climate that lends itself to active and healthy lifestyles without the congestion of major metropolitan areas. A major medical facility with world class services, two airports, several business parks, direct access to major highways, redundant broadband connectivity, downtown historic districts featuring vibrant retail, restaurants and services, major hot springs resorts, theaters, a ski resort and an amazing spectrum of year round recreational activities for fitness and health are just a few of the many attributes of area.

Chaffee County communities are innovative, vibrant and actively involved in preserving their heritage while offering dynamic opportunities for business growth. The population weds an entrepreneurial spirit with targeted sustainability that enhances the opportunity to grow a successful business in our county.


County Highlights

Eddyline Brewery Expansion
Eddyline Brewery of Buena Vista recently announced a $2 million infrastructure expansion project that will house equipment with the ability to produce approximately 50,000 barrels per year. Eddyline's goal is to produce 10,000 barrels the first year of expanded operations. The expansion will also support a projected 30 additional jobs by year-end 2016. In addition, the expansion includes a revamped patio area with a live music venue, additional seating,and a fire pit, transforming it into one of Buena Vista's premier community gathering places.

Pinto Barn Don't Go Nuts Products Certified Organic and Kosher Dairy

Don't Go Nutsa division of Salida-based company Pinto Barn that produces nut-free food for nut-free kids, has just been certified QAI Organic and Kosher-Dairy! Look for the symbols on the new packaging. 

Buena Vista Downtown Revitalization Project
In May 2013, at the request of the Town of Buena Vista, a downtown assessment was conducted by Downtown Colorado Inc.  (DCI). The assessment of the downtown and community revitalization is to provide tools, insights, and direction to assist the community with its downtown revitalization goals.The comprehensive report is available here.

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center New Clinic
HRRMC now offers an infectious disease clinic at both Salida and Buena Vista locations 2 days a month beginning in January 2014. Onsite consultation includes difficult-to-diagnose infections and those patients who do not respond well to standard treatment, as well as offering vaccinations for individuals traveling overseas.

The Best of......
Monarch Mountain has been named in 2014 as the Best Powder Stashes in Area and Best Snowcat Operation by Elevation Outdoors Magazine, as well The Best Place in Colorado to Teach a Kid to Ski by outherecolorado.com. And if you want to round out that best-winter experience, go where they voted best End-of-Day-Soak: Mt. Princeton Hot Springs.

Download a CMC Non-credit Course Registration Form.

If you are registering for a non-credit CMC Customized Business Training, please go here to download a registration form. Print, complete and then return by mail to:
                                           PO Box 1011
                                       Salida, CO 81201


2017 CEDS Report Available
Every five years, the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) requires recognized regional planning districts such as the Southern Colorado Economic Development District (SCEDD), to conduct an assessment. The Chaffee County Economic Development Corp. is a member of SCEDD. That assessment, referred to as the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), has been finalized and is now available to the public.

UAS/UAV Demonstration
On June 22, 2016 the CCEDC organized a demonstration of Unmanned Aerial Systems aircraft and technology products in collaboration with Chaffee County UAS and Pulse Aerospace. The event was held at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort, and attendance was comprised of more than 70 of the County's UAV and Aerospace industry leaders. Demonstrations included a mock search and rescue exercise, LIDAR-based utility monitoring, and agricultural applications. Read more at The Mountain Mail.

Ground Breaking Event at "Spartan Heights"
A Ground Breaking ceremony  for the Salida School District staff housing project was held on
Tuesday, April 12 2016 in Poncha Springs. The Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) has been supporting the Project which will result in a duplex being built on School District property in Poncha  Springs for staff housing.
Watch a video of the ceremony here

County Profile Brochure

The County Profile Brochure is available. The brochure highlights Chaffee County's sense of place and reasons why one would want to locate business here. Find it in local Chamber of Commerce sites, businesses, city and county buildings and visitor centers, or contact the CCEDC directly to request copies.
To view a pdf version of the profile, go here.

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Phone: 719.239.2018    Fax: 719.239.2019   Cell: 719.207.0801
339 E Highway 50, Suite 103, Salida, Colorado 81201

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