NWCCOG Economic Development Resource Bulletin

Count Me In: Read All the way to the end of the ballot this November

Colorado voters are going to see a long ballot in November. From choosing the next Governor to deciding on important ballot initiatives, voters will have their work cut out for them. Colorado voters have a unique responsibility to directly vote on policies affecting their communities. Voters don’t take their responsibility lightly, but many people don’t know enough about the issues and decide not to vote all the way down the ballot. Being an informed decision maker provides another essential piece of the foundation for creating the thriving communities we all aspire to build.

Count Me In! is a robust civic engagement effort that reaches into communities across the state through trusted community members to educate voters and potential voters on the issues they will see on the ballot. The 2018 effort is underway, working with partners across the state to set up events for their communities so voters can feel educated and empowered to participate in the election.
NWCCOG is partnering with Count Me In! to bring an event to Eagle County on
Tuesday, October 2 
11:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m – LUNCH PROVIDED….and FREE!
Colorado Mountain College – Edwards Campus – Room #250
Event is FREE – Please RSVP to   Visit for more information.
Workforce Data Dashboard
The most recent data available is presented (Jobs & Wages: Q4 2017; Labor Force & UE Rate: July 2018). The counties in the NWCCOG region are in two different workforce regions, therefore we will provide information in both.
Rural Resort Workforce Region: Eagle, Garfield, Lake, Pitkin,Summit
Northwest Workforce Region: Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco,Routt
Annual Avg Wage
Labor Force
Unemployment Rate
Eagle 31,775 $47,736 36,125 2.3%
Garfield 25,767 $50,284 33,135 2.7%
Lake 7,390 $36,296 4,863 2.3%
Pitkin 15,658 $55,432 11,459 2.7%
Summit 21,454 $41,340 21,731 2.1%
Grand 7,390 $36,296 10,497 2.2%
Jackson 580 $38,428 1,152 1.8%
Moffat 4,764 $49,608 7,675 3.0%
Rio Blanco 2,811 $51,168 3,079 4.0%
Routt 15,009 $43,992 16,525 2.3%
Colorado 2.6M $58,916 3.0 M 3.1%
Source: LMI Gateway, Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
Funding & Technical Assistance
Colorado Tourism Office Grants and Scholarships
See here for details on each. Funding and technical assistance offered in the following areas:
Rural Tourism Conference Sponsorships; Rural professional development scholarships; Rural Tourism Entrepreneurship Scholarships (for Leading Edge Program and Women’s Small Business Conference); Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference Rural Tourism Scholarship; CRAFT Implementation Grants; Marketing Matching Grant Program; Project and Technical Assistance Grant Program.
Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Programs
The Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs were created in 2013 to promote growth and sustainability in Colorado’s advanced industries by helping drive innovation, accelerating commercialization, encouraging public-private partnerships, increasing access to early stage capital and creating a strong ecosystem that increases the state’s global competitiveness.
Colorado’s advanced industries are: Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Bioscience, Electronics, Energy and Natural Resources, Infrastructure Engineering, and Technology and Information.  There are 3 types (More information on all 3 here):
  •  Proof of Concept grants (deadline: 9/7/18) are open to Colorado research universities, federal labs located in Colorado, and other labs with valid technology transfer offices. These grants are for pre-commercialization research and commercialization preparation. Grants up to $150,000 will be awarded. More information and apply here.
  • Early Stage Capital and Retention grants (deadline: 9/7/18) fund companies commercializing innovative technologies to create viable products that meet a market need and can be created or manufactured in Colorado and exported globally. Grants up to $250,000 will be awarded. More information and apply here.
  • Export Accelerator Program (deadline: rolling) is a financial assistance program for aspiring and current Colorado exporters. The grant program supports eligible small and medium-sized business through funds to offset international business development and marketing costs. Grants up to $15,000 will be awarded. Applications can be submitted 4-6 weeks in advance of an International Trip.
Recycling Rebates Available through CDPHE Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Fund
The intent of this rebate program is to assist free public recycling drop-off sites by offsetting a portion of the transportation costs incurred by shipping recyclables to market or to a processing center. More information about the rebate program, as well as the rebate application, can be found on the CDPHE website at Applications are due Aug. 31. Questions or comments should be directed via email at or 303-691-4955.
Gray and Black Market Marijuana Enforcement Grant Program
Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). The grants provide financial assistance through reimbursements to local law enforcement and district attorneys for actual expenses related to investigation and prosecution of unlicensed marijuana cultivation or distribution operations. The grant program has four funding priorities: rural areas, large-scale operations, organized crime operations, and operations that divert marijuana outside of Colorado. Applications are due Aug. 31. More information here. 
Municipal Court Grant Program
The Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs (DOLA) has implemented the Municipal Court First Appearance Grant Program created with the enactment of CML-initiated legislation HB 18-1353. The funding is intended to pay for the mandate on municipal courts passed in 2016, which requires defense counsel at first appearance. The NOFA will open on Sept. 1, and applications will be accepted through Oct. 1. For complete information on how to apply for the grant, visit For more information, contact CML Legislative & Policy Advocate Meghan Dollar at

Walmart Foundation

The Walmart Foundation’s Community Grant Program is offering grants to nonprofit organizations and agencies that work in one of the following areas: hunger relief and healthy eating, health and human service, quality of life, education, community and economic development, diversity and inclusion, public safety, or environmental sustainability. Awards range from $250 to $5,000.Deadline: December 31, 2018.More info here.
2018 HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign
Small Grants Program that will provide a total of up to $20,000 to HEAL cities and towns to implement policies that increase opportunities for healthy eating and/or active living in the community and/or government workplace. Review the grant RFP at The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign is a 

partnership between LiveWell Colorado and CML, and provides free training and technical assistance to help municipal leaders adopt policies in three primary areas: active community, healthy food access, and
healthy workplace. For more information on joining the campaign, visit
The Home Depot Foundation provides funding for nonprofit organizations and public agencies in the United States that are using the power of volunteers to improve communities through its Community Impact Grants program. Priority is given to projects that benefit veterans and/or diverse and underserved communities. Projects should be volunteer-friendly, engage people at all skill levels, and be expected to have a strong and lasting impact. Awards of up to $5,000 will be given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Deadline:December 31, 2018. More info here.
Yampa Valley SCORE Business Plan Competition 2018
Hosted by Colorado Mountain College; Sponsored by Startup Colorado
Bring your great idea to the marketplace!  Submit your business play by October 1, 2018.    Cash prizes for the top two plans: $6,000.00 1st place and $4,000.00 second place. Business plans and presentations are judged by Yampa Valley SCORE business counselors. More information here. 

Leadership Summit 
Offered by Colorado Mountain College
Applications Due August 31
The leadership course has been a part of Summit County for over a decade and is administered through Colorado Mountain College. The program’s mission is to educate community and business leaders by providing experiences that will increase awareness, develop leadership skills and motivate participants to be actively engaged in Summit County. Participants meet one day per month September through May, resulting in over 60 hours of interactive professional development. For more information visit Leadership Summit.
Creative Processes to Shape Downtown Placemaking Policy
September 14 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Steamboat Springs
Brought to you by Downtown Colorado, Inc. This half-day workshop will be focused on placemaking thinking to enable the creative community to take a greater role in the design and implementation of improvements to a community. More info and register here.
Get Grants
September 18 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Denver – More info and register here.
Offered by the Community Resource Center. Build your professional capacity to write competitive grants by gaining a deeper understanding of best practices for writing a grant application. Join CRC for a comprehensive, one-day grant writing workshop and learn best practices in grantwriting and tips for success when writing the Colorado Common Grant Application.
Census 2020 Webinar
Monday, Sept. 10, Noon-1 p.m. Register here.
Presented by Elizabeth Garner, Colorado state demographer, and Lily Romero Griego, U.S. Census Bureau outreach specialist. Census 2020 is only 20 months away. Federal, state, and local agencies are working to ensure that geographies, housing units, and precincts have been updated so that everyone is counted. The Colorado State Demography Office and Regional Census Office will jointly deliver this webinar covering the basics of Census 2020 (why, when, how, and what), timing of census preparation programs, outreach efforts, and how and when can we expect the results. Time will be allotted for questions and answers
Sept. 23-25, 2018 – more information at
CampSight, a gathering and confab for innovative storytellers, marketers, outdoor-inspired brands and entrepreneurs features three days of campfire keynotes, interactive sessions and group bike rides and hikes brought to you in partnership with Breck Create, The Breck Film Fest and Something Independent. Presenters include Meow Wolf, Esquire Magazine, Denver Startup Week, Airstream, the Outdoor Industry Association and Breck Create.
Art and Law
September 21 inSteamboat Springs – More info and register here.
Presented by Colorado Attorneys for the Arts. Join us for a full day of legal workshops for attorneys, creative professionals and arts organizations. Registration includes workshops, lunch, entertainment and networking.
Count Me In
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm. – Lunch Provided – FREE! RSVP to
October 2 at Colorado Mountain College Edwards, CO campus
Count Me In! is a robust civic engagement effort that reaches into communities across the state through trusted community members to educate voters and potential voters on the issues they will see on the ballot. The 2018 effort is underway, working with partners across the state to set up events for their communities so voters can feel educated and empowered to participate in the election.
Community Building Colorado-Style Conference
Oct. 19 in Boulder – more info here.
The event is sponsored by the Colorado Congress for New Urbanism; University of Colorado Boulder’s Community Engagement, Design, and Research Center; and Downtown Colorado Inc. The event will focus on sustainability, innovation, creative industries, housing, green infrastructure, and more. Registration is $30; learn more and register at community-building-colorado-style-conference.
Demystifying Entrepreneurship – September 12th & 13th
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to entrepreneurship and is geared toward anyone launching their own business or improving their existing small business. For information on partial scholarships, contact Lyndsey Brozyna at Learn more here.
Colorado Cities & Towns Week (Sept. 10-16)
Colorado Cities & Towns Week can be an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the shared services and partnerships you have to better serve residents. To further promote the successful cooperation of local governments and nonprofits to citizens, highlight the partnership in your municipal newsletter, social media, website, etc. You could even co-host an event! The Colorado Municipal League (CML) will issue tips on how you can celebrate Colorado Cities & Towns Week in each issue of the CML Newsletter. These tips also are compiled on the CML website ( for reference, along with other resources as they are developed. For more information or questions, contact CML Membership Services Manager Lisa White at, 303-831-6411, or 866-578-0936.
3rd Annual Northwestern Colorado Women’s Small Business Conference
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel – Greeley, CO – more info and register here
Join the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network and breakthrough to excellence with a day of educational seminars, one-on-one consulting, valuable networking opportunities, and exciting keynote speakers!

Economic Development Council of Colorado – Drive|Lead|Succeed Conference
October 24 – 26, 2018 at the Ridgeline Hotel in Estes Park, CO
EDCC’s Annual Drive | Lead | Succeed Conferences aim to provide the knowledge, tools, and connections that are vital to foster a growing Colorado economy.
Gather the industry’s top influencers and thought leaders together to share knowledge and answer questions that no one else can; Offer new and vital tools and solutions to pressing economic issues facing Colorado’s professional economic development community; Facilitate quality collaboration and opportunity to exchange fresh, new ideas among Colorado’s leading Economic Development professionals, business and non-profit leaders, government officials and more. This growing three-day conference, is the premier statewide event, that gathers over 200 statewide economic development stakeholders and explores the latest developments, trends, and the future of Colorado’s economic climate.
2018 Seminar on Municipal Law offered by the Colorado Municipal League
Oct. 5-6 at the Steamboat Grand in Steamboat Springs. More info and register here.
CML strives to provide an affordable, diverse program that responds directly to the interests and needs of municipal attorneys.
Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference 2018
Oct. 29 – 31 at the Hotel Talisa in Vail, Colorado

The goal for this conference is to give you the opportunity to network with industry peers, learn more about how to professionally promote your entity and area, and experience the sights and assets of Vail, Colorado.  More information and register here.
2019 NWCCOG Regional Economic Summit
Thursday, May 2, 20019
The second annual summit will once again be held at the Silverthorne Pavilion on Thursday, May 2, 2019 Save the Date!!
2019 Colorado Creative Industries Summit
May 16-17 in Salida, Colorado
Now accepting session ideas!  Session ideas should respond to current trends and needs within the creative industries. We encourage alternative and creative session formats such as tours and interactive exercises. We will be collecting suggestions until October 26th and following up to confirm accepted sessions between November 15 and December 17, 2018. For more info please visit
Access to Capital
Colorado Capital Conference
Nov. 13 – 14, 2018 in Denver/ Westminster – more info and register here.
Offered by the Rockies Venture Club.
You’ll also have the opportunity to see pitches from 8 great companies seeking venture capital investment from RVC and its syndicate network. There will also be ample networking time, breakfast, lunch and a whole lot of fun. More Information
Would a loan help your business?
The Northwest Loan Fund (NLF) can guide you to the right combination of funding. Contact Anita Cameron, Director of Business Lending, if you: want to expand, acquire, or start a business; are looking for favorable rates; just have questions. We are particularly interested new or growing businesses. Generally loan amounts are between $5,000 and $500,000. Rates and fees are very favorable. Contact Anita Cameron, 970-455-1059 for more information.