Value delivered to the Community by the Estes Park EDC, August 2013 to July 2017

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Value Delivered to the Community by the Estes Park EDC, August 2013 to July 2017

 How would the Estes Valley Community be different today if Estes Park EDC had not been created in August 2013?  In just less than four years of activity, Estes Park EDC has had significant impacts.  Below is a summary of those impacts.  Fuller descriptions of each outcome are included in a full 13-page memo (with appendices), dated September 7, 2017. 

 A.      Financial Impacts from Estes Park EDC Partnerships or Support

  1. $2,516,418 in flood-related grant funds to the community and businesses through partnerships/technical assistance of Estes Park EDC with the Recover Colorado business grant program.

  2. $1,672,000 for the three EDA grant-funded studies completed by Estes Park EDC ($300,000) and the Colorado DOLA grant to the Town to complete the engineering phase of the broadband project ($1,372,000).

  3. $274,877 in marketing grants to Visit Estes Park supported by Estes Park EDC advocacy for federal regulatory waiver of prohibition on tourism marketing with CDBG-DR monies.

  4. $28,919,551 in Estes Valley community investments supported by Estes Park EDC advocacy/technical assistance.

B.      Business and Jobs Impacts from Estes Park EDC Partnerships or Support

  1. Through 2016, 61 businesses with 283 full time and 449 part time jobs received Phase I Recover Colorado grants (2013 Flood Recovery; 2012 High Park Fire).

  2. In 2017, 27 businesses have been awarded Recover Colorado Grants (now includes 34 Road Closure Recovery).

C.      Significant Project Impacts from Estes Park EDC Partnerships or Support

  1. NEO Fiber consulting completed the Broadband Business Plan/Feasibility, with Estes Park EDC committee support that included winning voter approval of repealing SB-152 restrictions on the Town.

  2. Avalanche Consulting completed for the Estes Valley Economic Development Strategy.

  3. ATP Consulting completed the Incubator/Entrepreneur Center feasibility and business planning report.

  4. Led education and advocacy effort for successful adoption of HB 14-1006 into law.

  5. Furnished information, testimony and letter of support for successful Enterprise Zone Status application for the Estes Valley region.

  6. Completed white paper on the economic impact of breweries and distilleries to support code change for three new businesses.

  7. The Estes Park EDC Commercial Development Code Committee provided technical input and feedback on proposed development code changes.

  8. Testified for and supported successful Stanley Film Center (Go NoCO) Regional Tourism Act application.

  9. Formed the Childcare Services Committee and launched the Childcare Needs Assessment.

  10. Promoted Workforce Housing issues, including a committee-sponsored Housing Forum.

  11. Continuing education/outreach for the Town of Estes Park Broadband Initiative.

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Estes Park is located east of the Continental Divide, providing easy highway connections to Colorado Front Range communities such as Boulder, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland.  

Situated about 65 miles northwest of Denver, at 7,522 feet above sea level, Estes Park sits in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Estes Park is the basecamp for Rocky Mountain National Park, the third-most visited national park in the United States.  Of the most popular National Parks, RMNP is the closest to an International Airport (DIA), at about 2 hours.

Outdoor activities range from hiking, back-country skiing and snowshoeing to rock and ice climbing. Outdoor enthusiasts also take advantage of boating on Lake Estes, mountain biking and horseback trails. Additionally, the area is known for its diverse variety of watchable wildlife, including elk, deer and bighorn sheep.  With its scenic river walk alongside the Big Thompson River, downtown Estes Park is home to more than 200 retail stores and many restaurants.

Photography courtesy of Eric Rose