Success Stories

Chaffee County is a place for makers and doers actively building for the future. Check out some local business leaders as they share their passion for Chaffee County and its economic environment.

Business Expansion

From startups and scale-ups to location neutral employers, Chaffee County offers an impressive array of resources to support your business growth and success.

Why Chaffee County

Just over 2 hours from the Denver metro and nestled along the Continental Divide, Chaffee County is home to 12 14,000-foot peaks (the most of any U.S. county) and the headwaters of the world renowned Arkansas River.

What’s New

Chaffee County EDC is making waves. Stay caught up on the latest EDC updates  and initiatives.


We’re here to help businesses grow and thrive. Check here for startup support, talent pipeline and workforce development, and a comprehensive list of financial services, lenders and programs in the area.

What Live/Work/Play Can Be

Chaffee County communities are innovative, vibrant, and actively embracing a dynamic future. We treasure our long and storied Western heritage, while keeping an eye firmly on the future.

About The EDC

The Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation promotes the retention, expansion and creation of jobs.

Located in the heart of Colorado’s Central Mountains, Chaffee County boasts an incredible combination of human capital and natural resources.

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Chaffee County EDC: A Powerful Partnership

Chaffee County Economic News & Highlights

Q3 Chaffee County Economic Data: Unemployment Rate, Job & Population Growth

Chaffee County - and its economy - is ever changing. That reality is being driven locally by a confluence of significant population, workforce, and employment trends.   To understand these trends, Chaffee County EDC - in partnership with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Colorado Workforce Center, and EMSI - commissioned a far-reaching [...]

Register now – Driven By Nature: A Celebration of Makers & Doers. January 28

Central Mountain Entrepreneurs presents Driven By Nature: A Celebration of Rural Makers & Doers! This exciting night, presented by Collegiate Peaks Bank, will feature the launch of the Central Mountain Ascent accelerator and a Meet & Greet with the Winter 2022 cohort. Location: STEAMPLANT EVENTS CENTER Salida, Colorado Date & Time: FRIDAY | JAN 28 4-5 […]

Apply Now! Central Mountain Ascent – Winter ‘22 accelerator cohort!

Join Central Mountain Ascent’s Winter ‘22 accelerator cohort! Are you leading a business poised for growth in Colorado’s Central Mountains? Do you have the desire and passion to take your company and team to the next level? We’re seeking the best businesses and ideas in the Central Mountain region to participate in an innovative new […]

Pax8 Now Hiring! – Remote Positions in Chaffee County

It’s not an overstatement to say the growing trend toward remote work is reshaping rural towns across the country. That’s certainly true here in Chaffee County.   The proliferation of remote work in our community creates new opportunities for our community. For young adults graduating from local high schools or Colorado Mountain College, location neutral employment […]

Fall 2021 Employer Poll: Covid Response

However unfortunate and frustrating, the Covid-19 health emergency and it’s related challenges remain with us as we head into fall and winter.  With this realization, Chaffee County employers are taking new actions to address the long-running pandemic. Case in point: This set of new policies put in place by the leadership team at Monarch Mountain, one of our […]

We’re Hiring! Startup Community Director

The Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is seeking a Startup Community Director to lead an exciting new initiative to promote entrepreneurial growth in Chaffee County. Startup support is central to our strategy for economic recovery, resilience to future disruptions, the creation of greater wage diversity, and economic diversification. This plan, which operates publicly under […]

Will You Join Us?

Come along as we build an economy that rivals our unsurpassed mountain lifestyle.

For more than a decade, the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation (Chaffee County EDC) has led efforts on behalf of primary employers to create an economy that rivals our unsurpassed mountain lifestyle. Just 2 hours from the Denver metro area and nestled along the Continental Divide, we’re home to 12 14,000-foot peaks (the most of any U.S. county) and the headwaters of the Arkansas River, making it a global hotspot for remote workers. The EDC, by supporting business growth and workforce development efforts, serves global industry by acting as a singular point of contact for businesses interested in locating or expanding their enterprise in a few of the best small towns in America: Salida, Buena Vista, and Poncha Springs, Colorado. The region-known for more than a century for its grit, entrepreneurship, and Western ethos-now supports a lively and burgeoning startup community focused on social entrepreneurship and outdoor recreation.