Highway 34

Local Estes Park Businesses Awarded Over $350,000 During Phase II of Recover Colorado Grant Program.

The Recover Colorado Grant Program is now open for businesses that suffered economic loss as a result of the Highway 34 closure. In addition to those businesses, any business that did not apply for earlier grants for the September 2012 High Park Fire and the 2013 Colorado floods are still able to apply. Each grant can be for as much as $50,000 in economic losses.

“The Estes Park EDC has been working closely with both Colorado OEDIT, Upstate Colorado and the Larimer SBDC to ensure local businesses can benefit from this program,” stated Jon Nicholas, President / CEO of Estes Park EDC.

Since January 2017, Colorado OEDIT has awarded over $711,000 to 53 businesses statewide with over $352,000 going to 27 businesses in the Estes Valley. In addition, 50 other area businesses have filed or begun the application process since January. Through December 2016, Estes Park EDC helped local businesses obtain Recover Colorado Business Recovery Grants totaling over $2.1 million by retaining a local, full-time Business Recovery Coordinator to partner with Larimer SBDC. Those grants were associated with 283 full-time and 449 part-time jobs centered on the Estes Valley region. For 2016, Estes Park EDC received an International Silver Award for excellence in Economic Development for its flood recovery efforts from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Since January, the Estes Park EDC has worked with 98 local businesses seeking information or help with the grant program. If you would like to apply or if would like further information on the grant program, please contact the Estes Park EDC at info@estesparkedc.com or call 970-577-1031.

Great News - Local, State and Federal Officials Work Together For U.S. 34 Flood Repairs

Estes Park EDC President and CEO Jon Nicholas recently attended a press conference concerning  Congresses approval of disaster relief funding for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to complete the U.S. 34 permanent reconstruction

Speakers at Sylvan Dale Ranch in Loveland included Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) along with Representative Jared Polis, Representative Ken Buck, Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly and Estes Park Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Koenig.

The two Senators and two Congressmen came together to secure $252 million in federal money to ensure reconstruction of highway 34 can be complete in 2019. Earlier in 2016 the Loveland Reporter Herald reported that an (11 year) delay threatened the project as the Colorado Department of Transportation lacked funds to pay for it.

US Senator Corey Gardner speaks at the Colorado Highway 34 Press Conference at Sylvan Dale Ranch on December 14th, 2016.
Senator Michael Bennet speaks at the Colorado Highway 34 Press Conference at Sylvan Dale Ranch on December 14th, 2016.
Representative Jared Polis speaks at the Colorado Highway 34 Press Conference at Sylvan Dale Ranch on December 14th, 2016.

U.S. 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon between Estes Park and Loveland is currently closed to the public for reconstruction through Memorial Day of this year. Big Thompson canyon residents have permits for defined rush hour periods. After Memorial Day, the work will be done in sections and no more full road closures are anticipated or planned.

The Estes Park EDC in cooperation with the Larimer Small Business Development Center (Larimer SBDC) and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) are currently working with Estes Park and Big Thompson Canyon businesses to assist them in applying for Recover Colorado Grants due to the Highway 34 closure.

Given the importance of this project to our region, we wanted to share the comments of our Colorado Senators and Representatives, as well as Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly and Estes Park Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Koenig

Representative Ken Buck speaks at the Colorado Highway 34 Press Conference at Sylvan Dale Ranch on December 14th, 2016.
Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly speaks at the Colorado Highway 34 Press Conference at Sylvan Dale Ranch on December 14th, 2016.
Estes Park Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Koenig speaks at the Colorado Highway 34 Press Conference at Sylvan Dale Ranch on December 14th, 2016.