Other Community Projects

The Estes Valley Economic Development Strategy touches upon a wide variety of community projects that will enhance the quality of life of local residents and promote economic vitality.

Goal 1:      Physical Infrastructure

The Estes Valley proactively invests in projects that both encourage economic diversification through target business cluster growth and enrich its guests' experience.

Priorities

To achieve this goal, the highest priorities for the Estes Valley are:

  1. Constructing and maintain a high-speed broadband network for businesses and residents.
  2. Implementing flood mitigation measures that reduce the risk to lives and properties and minimize insurance premium increases upon final floodplain designation.
  3. Supporting the development of the Estes Park Wellness Center
  4. Encouraging the establishment of the Stanley Film Center

Additional activities that will help support this goal include:

   Promoting the completion of the Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center.

   Continuing to support and construct the Estes Valley Community Center.  


Goal 2:     Business Climate

The Estes Valley government and business leaders embrace thoughtful policies and practices that help businesses succeed.

The goal focuses on policy changes and new programs that will improve the Estes Valley's business climate, addressing the needs of existing businesses and those wishing to establish new operations in the community.

To encourage the redevelopment of outdated properties and infrastructure, new business investment, and greater land-use diversity, the Town of Estes Park should continue with the downtown master planning process. This process will allow the Town to consider revisions to sections of the comprehensive plan and existing building and land use regulations.

Priorities

To achieve this goal, the highest priorities for the Estes Valley are:

  1. Revising the Town of Estes Park's current development processes to match the needs of commercial businesses and workforce housing.
  2. Continuing the downtown master planning process and appropriately updating policies to reflect the new plans

Additional activities that will help support this goal include:

  • Creating incentives to encourage property redevelopment and new investment
  • Improving communication between developers, property owners, and Town planning and permitting departments
  • Identifying creative uses for large properties that address community housing, commercial, and other needs

Goal 3:     Workforce & Education

The Estes Valley attracts, retains, and trains a skilled workforce that is supported by a mix of housing options and multigenerational community resources. 

This goal requires a combination of policies and programs that encourage the development of assets to address critical needs, such as attainable housing and childcare centers, and also prepares a future workforce to sustain the economy and build economic resiliency.

Priorities

To achieve this goal, the highest priorities for the Estes Valley are:

  1. Increasing the supply of workforce and seasonal housing in the Estes Valley

Additional activities that will help support this goal include:

  • Create more infant and childcare facilities through public-private partnerships, incentives for private operations, and regulatory changes that allow for easier construction and operation
  • Developing entrepreneurship education and internship programs in the Estes Park School District and other new and existing educational institutions
  • Establishing a flagship Destination Wellness & Hospitality Education Center

Goal 4:     Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Estes Valley is known nationally, if not globally, as a center for mountain entrepreneurship and provides world-class support for growing businesses. 

A majority of people in the US works for small businesses, and these small businesses are a primary source of new job and wealth creation. Due to limited space for new development and a desire to remain a beautiful mountain community, economic development in the Estes Valley should focus less on attracting large business operations and more on supporting existing primary businesses and encouraging startups.

Priorities

To achieve this goal, the highest priorities for the Estes Valley are:

  1. Continuing to develop a business incubator that fosters fast-growing startups in one or more of the Estes Valley’s target clusters
  2. Establishing a local revolving loan fund

Additional activities that will help support this goal include

  • Creating a 1 Million Cups program[Estes Park Startup Meetup]
  • Establishing an Estes Valley Craft Spirits Association
  • Creating a Business Adviser Program to enlist successful local business people and retirees to mentor growing businesses and startups
  • Creating a Telecommuters Meet Up 

Goal 5:     Marketing

The Estes Valley brand reflects a destination for guests, residents, and high-paying primary jobs.

Estes Park is an internationally recognized name, known for its beauty and proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park. For 100 years, families have visited the Estes Valley, returned to their homes, and spread the word about this unique mountain valley. That same reputation has drawn new residents who seek the Estes Valley lifestyle to start businesses and find ways to live and work locally.

Priorities

To achieve this goal, the highest priorities for the Estes Valley are:

  1. Conveying a high quality, unified brand in all community investments and communications
  2. Ensuring that the Estes Valley is represented in regional and state marketing and recruitment activities
  3. Establishing and sustaining the Estes Arts District

Additional activities that will help support this goal include:

  • Actively recruiting events, tournaments, and corporate conferences at the Estes Park Events Complex, Estes Park Conference Center, and other facilities
  • Creating a “Made in Estes Park” trademark for local products and services
  • Expanding and sharing the community events calendar
  • Providing more outreach to the Latino community and bilingual resources