Economic Development

  • Community meeting in Hotchkiss outlines plan for economic development
  • Hotchkiss Mayor says town is optimistic that new businesses can flourish
  • Colorado Springs community shaken by shooting death of 19-year old
  • Bear sightings on Grand Mesa prompt warning to campers: be bear aware

Flickr via Jeffrey Beall

As coal mining continues to decline in Delta County, communities are struggling. People are moving away. The school district is losing students. Unemployment remains high. 

In the small town of Hotchkiss, some see marijuana as a way to bring in much needed revenue and think it’s time to reconsider the local ban.  

In the upcoming April municipal election, Hotchkiss voters face three questions.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Mar. 21, 2016

Mar 21, 2016

  • No foul play suspected in Ouray death
  • State program aims to boost rural economies with expert help
  • State’s economy grows, but slower than past years
  • Health organization expands into Delta County
  • A look at state committees designed to kill bills before they’re heard  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2015

Feb 16, 2016

  • Avalanche catches skiers on Red Mountain Pass
  • State program gives tax breaks to Mesa County businesses
  • Rock fall causes SMPA power outage
  • Capitol Conversation, looking at last week’s development  

Local Motion: The State Of Delta County

Oct 29, 2015
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Laura Palmisano / KVNF

This week on Local Motion, we discuss the economy in Delta County and local efforts to improve it. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Delta County Commissioner Bruce Hovde, Michelle Haynes, the executive director of Region 10,  and Trish Thibodo, the executive director of Delta County Economic Development. 

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Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Two Colorado communities hard-hit by the downturn in the coal industry received federal grants last week to help diversify their economies.

The Obama administration awarded Region 10, an organization of six counties on the Western Slope, a $1.2 million grant. Moffat County also got $50,000.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Oct. 19, 2015

Oct 19, 2015

  • Colorado Health Insurance Co­op no longer able to sell insurance for next year
  • Federal grants help coal economies
  • Large grant helps private well owners get their water tested
  • More snow than average predicted for southern Colorado
  • KVNF Annual Meeting results

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Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Two local organizations are partnering to create a business and resource center in Delta County.

Delta County Economic Development (DCED) and Region 10 are now sharing workspace in downtown Delta. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Oct 7, 2015

  • Former Delta chief of police received $50K severance package
  • Local organizations hope to create business and resource center in Delta
  • Governor heads aboard on trade mission
  • Demonstration plot help farmers optimizes, prepare for drought
  • Nonprofit announces $20 million prize for CO2 innovation

CSU Rogers Mesa Agricultural Research Center
Linda Rubick

A group of Delta County stakeholders wants to breathe new life into a shuttered agricultural research center. The Colorado State University facility sits on 83 acres outside of Hotchkiss on Rogers Mesa. 

The property has a residence, classrooms, laboratory space, offices, cold storage, a greenhouse and equipment storage sheds. 

CSU used the site to conduct research on fruit trees, but now the classrooms and laboratories sit empty.

Telluride Program Helps Entrepreneurs Launch Businesses

Aug 27, 2015
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A Telluride nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs launch their businesses is seeking applicants for its 2016 startup program. 

Telluride Venture Accelerator, an initiative of the Telluride Foundation, started three years ago. 

It brings entrepreneurs to the mountain town for a five-month residency program.  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Aug 27, 2015

  • Fire closes Snow Dogs in Paonia
  • Telluride entrepreneur project produces a new business for Montrose
  • EPA releases report on Animas River spill
  • Montrose County cuts top jobs to save money
  • Mesa County woman faces felony if convicted of repeat DUI

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Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A lack of access to high-speed internet is an issue for rural communities in western Colorado. 


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Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Region 10 received $5.2 million grant from the state to develop better broadband access on the Western Slope. 


As cities in Colorado expand to accommodate a growing population, so are costs of providing services and utilities. Some communities, like Aurora, a city of 350,000 east of Denver, are reevaluating how they charge for services like water and how those costs might encourage smarter growth.

North Fork Valley
Laura Palmisano

Over the past two years, hundreds of coal miners in Delta and Gunnison counties lost their jobs.

The decline in the coal industry has affected western Colorado. That’s why Region 10, an association of local governments, hired Utah-based consulting firm Better City.

The company is analyzing ways to foster economic growth in the area. And, the firm recently unveiled its first recommendations on how to do that.

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Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A bipartisan bill introduced in the state legislature this week looks to give struggling Colorado communities a jump-start. 

Senate Bill 282 would create ‘tax-friendly zones’ in up to 30 highly distressed counties across the state. 

"We are talking about areas that have the highest unemployment and lowest wages," said bill sponsor House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran, D-Denver. 

Economic Development Bill Progresses At State Capitol

Mar 19, 2015
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Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A bill to find ways to boost economic development in highly distressed regions of Colorado has cleared the state House. 

The bipartisan measure calls for the creation of a working group that identifies areas in Colorado that are struggling. 

The group would make recommendations to the legislature on how to improve the economies of these distressed regions. 

Democratic Rep. Dan Pabon of Denver is one of the bill’s sponsors.  

Montrose County Given Heightened Tax Incentives

Dec 11, 2014
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There's more of a reason to hire someone if your business is in Montrose County.

Four companies in Delta County recently received economic development grants from the state. Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade gives out the grants under its Rural Economic Development Initiative Program.