Elbert County touts economic strategy

Plan is available online

Elbert County has released its first-ever standalone economic strategy, based on months of research, analysis and community input. The goal is to maintain the county’s rural character while meeting long-term community needs.
“We have targets with timelines, and we look forward to taking action on the recommendations that align with the philosophy and vision of the county’s comprehensive plan,” Economic Development Manager Marc Dettenrieder said in the announcement.
The plan has three objectives:

1. Community character

The plan includes a strategy for strengthening and maintaining Elbert County’s rural character by identifying and articulating what makes Elbert County unique — and what it means to be in Elbert County from both a resident and business perspective.
Examples include finding new uses for fairgrounds and trails and implementing a facade grant program so business owners can enhance their buildings and adhere to standards for their respective historic zones.

2. Fiscal stability

The plan lays out a strategy for facilitating commercial development processes and recruiting new businesses. Examples include improving the permitting process and targeting and recruiting businesses based on residents’ needs and priorities. In Dettenrieder’s words: “The strategic attraction of businesses that meet the needs of our community and provide jobs closer to home is an appealing output of this project.”

3. Local economy

The plan is committed to supporting the local economy by expanding and retaining local businesses using advocacy and assistance. It also includes marketing support to promote companies that align with Elbert County’s rural identity.
Elbert County, economic development, strategic plan, Colorado


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