Estes Park EDC Welcomes Travis Machalek as a New Board Member

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The Estes Park EDC welcomes Travis Machalek to its Board of Directors. Travis joined the Estes Park EDC Board of Directors in July, 2019, taking over for Frank Lancaster as Frank approaches retirement. Travis has also worked closely with the Estes Park EDC since 2015 on important issues like workforce housing, broadband and childcare and is an Estes Park EDC Incubator committee member.

When asked about the importance of economic development, Travis stated “A diverse, healthy, year-round economy is critical to the success of our community. Economic development considers the needs and quality of life of our residents, enhances the vibrant business sector that makes Estes Park a unique, full-service community for residents and guests, and grows sales tax revenue so the Town can provide critical local services. A tourism-oriented economy like ours presents opportunities and challenges, and the Town is steadfast in its endeavors to strike a balance to meet the varied needs of locals and guests, alike.”

Since its inception, the Estes Park EDC and Town of Estes Park have worked closely together on the strategic goals of both organizations. Travis commented “The Town has underscored the importance of economic development by including a ‘Robust Economy’ outcome area in the Town Board’s Strategic Plan for several years running. Strategic alignment between the Town and EDC will remain critical in achieving our common goals for the benefit of the community. This is possible due to our partnership and the Town’s continued participation on the EDC board. My fellow EDC board members are engaged community members with diverse perspectives, and they serve as effective advocates for the overall health and sustainability of our community. I look forward to serving on the board and helping to identify and elevate discussions on any new opportunities for the Town to support economic development initiatives in Estes Park.”

Travis was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and raised in Laramie, Wyoming. He has worked in various capacities for city and county governments in Wyoming, Kansas and Colorado. He moved to Estes Park in 2015 when he accepted the position as Assistant Town Administrator. He will begin his role as Town Administrator on August 27.

Travis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. He and his wife Ashley live in the Estes Valley. Active in our community, he is the current President of the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center as well as being on the Board of Directors for the Colorado City and County Management Association and coaching youth basketball.

Estes Park EDC Seeks Cohorts for its Outdoor Industry Business Incubator

The Estes Park EDC is offering the first Outdoor Industry-focused business incubator program in the United States through a partnership with Innosphere, an existing incubator program with 20 years of success.  Through this partnership, we are launching our first Outdoor Cohort.  The first quarter starts in September and takes place over 12 weeks.

The program will provide the Outdoor Cohort clients greater access to Colorado’s existing technology expertise, as well as greater access to potential outdoor industry partners. Outdoor industry clients will work with experienced advisers, peer-groups, and their program manager to develop a personalized plan around these key focus areas:

·         Capital and Finance

·         Growth Strategies

·         Business Development

·         Talent Acquisition

·         Achieving Operational Excellence

Who should apply to be in Outdoor Cohort? The outdoor industry encompasses a variety of apparel or gear for numerous outdoor activities and sports, and a wide variety of supporting businesses.  If your goal is to test and prove your potential business, grow your revenue, or scale your existing business to a larger market, consider a business incubator program. Incubator programs enhance a business’s chance of success.  The Outdoor Cohort program focusses on connecting entrepreneurs with experienced advisors and providing ongoing support to ensure they’re getting the know-how needed to reach their company milestones.

If you’d like to apply, please visit

The Outdoor Cohort is one program within the Estes Park EDC E-Center programs.  These programs serve both existing Estes Park businesses and startups seeking a larger market. We will provide access to greater resources from our region by expanding our local services.  Boulder, Denver and Fort Collins all have ranked among top cities nationally for entrepreneurs and startups.  Becoming a bigger part of Colorado’s regional entrepreneur ecosystem will be valuable for local entrepreneurs. Because of Estes Park’s immediate proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and its access to Colorado’s Front Range, the focus of our startup programing will be on the outdoor industries.

We’ve learned a number of things through the planning process for new programming.  First, our tourism-centered economy is adapting.  Consumer tastes and buying behaviors are shifting rapidly and a number of businesses have demonstrated their desire to adapt. Second, in addition to our traditional main street businesses, there is a growing group of people engaged in businesses that either complement or exist outside of the traditional tourism-centered model.  Outdoor gear and apparel businesses, software development, marketing and design companies, and other creative, craft and fine arts businesses already exist right here in Estes Park. 

To learn more about the Estes Park EDC and the E-Center programs go to and for information on the Innosphere, go to