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Newly Joined Investors:

  • Collegiate Commons LP – July 2018
  • Community Banks of Colorado – April 2018
  • Patricia J. Arthur, Esq. – March 2018
  • Karver Construction Services LLC – February 2018
  • Colorado Central Telecom – December 2017
  • The Trailhead – November 2017
  • Terra Firma Forestry – September 2017
  • Fading West, LLC – July 2017

New Grants Awarded to Businesses:

  • The Certified Small Business Community award designates Chaffee County as a “Certified Small Business Community” along with signs that will announce the County as supportive of small business. The key effort will be to promote the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and its resources which are available to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Counseling and technical assistance for marketing and business plan development are among the services the SBDC counselors, Shawn Allison and Susan Dunn, are able to provide. Shawn is located at the Touber Building in Salida, and Susan is available by appointment in Buena Vista. This grant awarded in the amount of $12,000.
  • The Rural Economic Development Initiative (RED) grant for $21,000 will allow for greater access to the Small Business Development Center offices in Salida, provide for business “meet-ups,” and train businesses in “lean management”—continuous quality improvement process that allows for a better customer experience.
  • June 2017 : $24,000 Health and Wellness Sector Partnership Technical Assistance Grant to Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center (HRRMC) and Mt. Princeton Hot Springs to support the development of their medical tourism project which is scheduled to launch October 2017.

Annual Meeting Letter to Stockholders

Dear CCEDC Member and Chaffee County Stakeholder,

On January 29th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation  (CCEDC) is hosting its Annual Meeting. As a member of CCEDC, each participant in our past Strategic Planning exercise, an entrepreneur, a business owner, or a community stakeholder, we would like to formally invite you to attend the CCEDC Annual Meeting. This year Chaffee County is updating its 20 year old Comprehensive Plan. We are incorporating into our Annual Meeting at Mt. Princeton Resort, a session entitled “Building the Economy We Want: Jobs & the Economy”, so that you might provide input into the draft Comprehensive Plan. The desired outcome of this meeting is recommendations for improving the draft Jobs & Economy goals and strategies portion of the draft Comprehensive Plan. The first draft of these goals and strategies was released in December, 2019, based on months of public input. You can view the draft here

The CCEDC, Salida Chamber, BV Chamber, and the Small Business Development Center really need your help. The County’s Comprehensive Plan determines the type of growth we want in the future and eventually, the development regulations to implement the Plan as well as the allocation of people and dollars to achieve those goals, such as affordable housing, infrastructure investments, and community improvements. 

The Comprehensive Plan plays a significant role in driving economic development policy in the County and helps all of us plan for healthy economic development which balances values with priorities. You can view the full agenda and a copy of a survey which we are asking you to take, regardless if you can attend our annual meeting or not.  It is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G6L5TXZ

At the meeting, the questions we will be discussing include:

What will be different in 20 years if we are successful at building a more diverse, resilient, and sustainable economy? What have we achieved?

  • How should be we maintain, manage, and/or expand tourism in Chaffee County?
  • How should we retain and grow existing businesses?
  • What are the types of businesses we should be trying to recruit or attract to Chaffee County?
  • What kind of support do entrepreneurs and business owners need to grow their business?
  • What types of infrastructure investments are needed to ensure economic prosperity?
  • What quality of life investments in Chaffee County do we need to make to ensure Chaffee County remains competitive in Colorado as a place people want to live and work?
  • How can workforce development support economic development and businesses to thrive?

If you cannot attend, it is very important that you complete the survey so that we are sure to take your opinions into consideration. Please contact Jeff Post, Chair at 719-539-6682 or Director, Wendell Pryor at 719-207-0801 if you have any questions. 

We hope to see you January 29th!

Sincerely,

Jeff Post, Chair, CCEDC

Annual Meeting Agenda

Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation Annual Meeting Agenda

Building the Economy We Want: Refining the Together Chaffee Comprehensive Plan Jobs & Economy 

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

January 29, 2020

Mt. Princeton Resort

  2:30 p.m.     Doors Open. Come early for Networking!

   3:00 p.m.    Welcome. Brief update of activities. Purpose of todays meeting.

  3:05 p.m.     Report from the Nominations Committee

  3:10 p.m.     Treasurers Report

3:20 p.m.Setting the Context: State of Chaffee County’s Economy and Activities 

Jeff Post, Chair of the CCEDC board, and Wendell Pryor, Director of the CCEDC will welcome participants and provide and update on current trends and big initiatives. 

3:30 p.m.Overview of the Chaffee County Comprehensive Plan

County representatives will provide a brief introduction into the comprehensive plan update process.

3:40 p.m.Discussion 1: Refining the Vision for the Economy We Want

The comprehensive plan provides a guide for action, but what kind of economy do we want? What is different 20 years from now? Marjo Curgus, Planning Commissioner, will facilitate discussions that will result in a more refined vision statement for Chaffee County’s economy. 

3:55 p.m.Discussion 2: Refining Draft Comp Plan Jobs & Economy Goals and Strategies

Chaffee is fortunate to have dedicated people already working to strengthen the economy through entrepreneurial and organizational efforts. But how do all these activities align and how should we be collaborating to achieve our desired vision? How do we ensure our current activities succeed? What are we not doing that we should be doing? Do we need different approaches for different business sectors? In this session, we will break out into different topics to strengthening the draft comprehensive plan Jobs & Economy theme. 

4:55 p.m.Summary and Next Steps

We will summarize the recommendations and review next steps. 

 

5:00 p.m.Adjourn

Workforce Development Efforts:

Chaffee County Receives Two Grant Awards to Support Entrepreneurs and Businesses

The CCEDC, in partnership with Watershed, an entrepreneur-focused shared space in Buena Vista, is recognizing the new frontier of engagement by celebrating entrepreneurship and small businesses throughout the County. The goal is to offer a variety of services, support, and engagement through the Chambers of Commerce, Watershed, the Small Business Development Center, and the CCEDC. The Salida Business Alliance is also participating in the collaboration and partnership.

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