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” because of 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.

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

County Highlights

Eddyline Brewery Expansion
Eddyline of Buena Vista recently announced a $2 million infrastructure expansion project that will house equipment that has the ability to produce about 50,000 barrels per year. Eddyline will start hoping to produce 10,000 barrels the first year. The expansion will also support a projected 30 additional positions by year-end 2016. In addition, the owners hope to revamp the patio area and add a fire pit to the the taproom location to create more of a community gathering place.

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

The Don't Go Nuts  Division that provides 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.

Business on the Move - March 2014

NAVSYS Corp., a Monument-based company, has set up offices in the Twitchell Building in downtown Salida. The basement of the building will be used as a business incubator, a place for local tech startup companies to brainstorm and network. http://www.salidabi.org/ 

Navsys specializes in global positioning systems, internal navigation systems and communications systems. The company has contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, Homeland Security and various large businesses in the aerospace arena.

Founder and owner Alison Brown worked with the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs to teach Salida Middle School, Crest Academy, Salida High School and Horizons Exploratory Academy students how to program using Legos. In addition, and as part of the Salida Business Incubator, Brown collaborated with Salida Creative District, the Salida Regional Library and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCCS to sponsor a 3-D printing design contest.

January 2014

Elevation Beer Company
  opened just over a year and a half ago and has over 10 employees and is expanding sales into Texas. The Tap Room on County Road 120 features live music, game nights, and tastings with local restaurants. A second expansion in Fall 2013 resulted in the installation of two 60bbl tanks and a grain silo, adding another 23% brewing capacity. 2013 also saw the release of an Elevation products Online Store.


Ground Breaking Event at "Spartan Heights"
A Ground Breaking ceremony  for the Salida School District staff housing project was held on
Tuesday, April 12 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 new County Profile Brochure highlighting Chaffee County's sense of place and why you would want to locate business here is now available. Start looking for it in local Chamber of Commerce sites, businesses, city and county buildings and visitor centers.
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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