Mission Statement

"To assure that Chaffee County is Open for Business, and to retain, expand and create jobs in Chaffee County."

Toward that end the Corporation’s goals are to:

1. Function as a liaison with government and provide end-to-end support wherever possible;
2. Be open, responsive, and formative in developing plans and strategies for job creation in Chaffee County;
3. Enable and empower business development throughout the County;
4. Join with business and industry leaders to link other businesses and resources to create jobs;
5. Increase and facilitate access to government in order to promote economic development.


2015 Annual Report  -- Click HERE to view

Accomplishments

The Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation was established in 2009 and contracted with Wendell Pryor to direct its operations in July 2010. Since its formation, the Corporation has assisted local businesses in expanding their operations by facilitating the approval process for permits and advocating on behalf of businesses seeking to expand while dealing with a variety of local, state and federal regulations. The Corporation has also worked with State and federal officials on behalf of local businesses. As of January 2016, the CCEDC has worked to accomplish the following:

1. Facilitated the deployment of redundant Internet connectivity throughout the County.

2.Received over $500,000 in Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) grants that led to the creation of over 40   jobs. This list of businesses includes:

-Relocation of a Biotech company, TopoGEN, Inc., which will initiate and catalyze the development of the Biotech Sector in Chaffee County.

 -Expansion of RockyMountainTrail.com, a family owned, multi-million dollar internet-based retailer selling outdoor gear and clothing. 

-Expansion of Eddyline Brewing production facilities, allowing for sizable increases in brewing volume and canning capabilities. Expansion also included a new outdoor music venue on-site.

-Expansion of Serving Slabs, who utilize remnant material from granite countertop production to create hand-tooled home accessories such as cheese boards, serving platters, and center pieces.


3. Entered into a contract with Colorado Mountain College to support and provide “just in time” training for employers and pursue workforce development to create a “pipeline” of qualified workers starting with the high schools; and support a greater commitment from higher education to the County to include career, vocational, and technical training.

4. Facilitated the approval of a $550,000 USDA loan to rehabilitate a property that now houses an art gallery, office space, and a business incubator for expansion of NAVSYS, which specializes in GIS/GPS applications for the Department of Defense. Payback of the loan will create a revolving loan fund that charges low interest.

5. Participated in the acquisition of a federal grant and helped to establish and serve on the Chaffee County Unmanned Aerial Systems Advisory Board which will facilitate the development of the unmanned aerial systems/vehicle (UAS/UAV) industry in Chaffee County.

6. Acted as a liaison with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade; Southern Colorado Economic Development District; and United States Department of Agriculture to secure grant funding and loans to support economic development throughout the County.

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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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