Economic Development

San Juan Economic Development Association

 

Silverton is the county seat and only incorporated city in San Juan County, Colorado. We are recognized as one of the most family-friendly communities in Colorado, offering a quality of life that simply isn't found anymore. Silverton is a place where childern can still ride their bikes around town. Hiking, fishing, biking, skiing, and 13k peaks are literally outside the door. A place where dirty hands and dirty clothes are not only accepted, but expected.

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Facilitating the creation of a sustainable and diverse economy in the County leads to a more resilient community. To foster a resilient economy, we need to develop more diversity to improve the number, quality, and variety of jobs that are available to local residents. This is done primarily through the retention, expansion and recruitment of primary jobs, new capital investment in the community, and visitors/tourists spending money in the County. (Primary jobs are those jobs that export products and services and import new dollars into the County. The new dollars brought in by primary jobs circulate within the County in the form of salaries and other business expenditures, which in turn support jobs in the retail, business services, personal services and other sectors. Not defined by size, both large and small employers can provide primary jobs.) Because building a sustainable economy does not happen overnight, a long-term perspective is essential to any successful economic development effort. The County partners with the Region 9 Economic Development District of SW Colorado and the San Juan Economic Development Association to:

  • Identify viable economic development projects and initiatives.
  • Facilitate eligibility for federal and state economic development funding.
  • Develop goals and strategies for implementing economic development projects and initiatives, and
  • Identifying and recognizing trends, either positive or negative as they occur. uccessful economic development effort.

The County works with businesses, as well as public and private organizations to match resources with those who can use them.


Business Resources

Start a Business:

BUSINESS LICENSING

SBDC

REGION 9 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF SW COLORADO

Loans:

REGION 9 LOAN FUND

MICRO-ENTERPRISE LOAN FUND

ENERGY EFFICIENCY FUNDING


Business Incentives

 

RURAL JUMPSTART COUNTY 

(offering incentives to businesses relocating to San Juan County)


Micro Loans ​

San Juan Development Association has funds ​available to San Juan County businesses. The San Juan Development Association Loan program provides businesses with capital to expand, relocate, and start up that in turn create and retain jobs as well as bring new wealth into San Juan County.

Loans are available from $500 to over $7,500 for the following uses:

  • Equipment
  • Inventory
  • Working Capital
  • Renovation of interiors and exteriors
  • Enerty efficentcy efforts
  • Other fixed assets or training/education

Moving Resources

Even better than visiting the heart of the San Juan Mountains is calling it home. ​

SILVERTON FAMILY LEARNING CENTER- is a proud non-profit provider of early childhood care and education in San Juan County, Colorado.

SILVERTON SCHOOL - K-12 all in one building with very small classes and an innovative curriculum

SILVERTON STANDARD & THE MINER- Silverton's pioneer newspaper since 1875, recognized as a National Historic Site in Journalism. It is the oldest continuously operated newspaper on the Western Slope of Colorado.


Development Partners

Region 9 Economic Development District 

Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, Inc. (Region 9 EDD), a federally designated Economic Development District. Region 9 EDD helps local entrepreneurs retain jobs and create employment opportunities by offering business loans; administering the Southwest Enterprise Zone Tax Credits Program; and assisting communities with economic development planning, data and trends, and technical assistance. Region 9 EDD serves five counties, 10 towns and cities and two Indian Tribes.

Homes Fund (formerly Regional Housing Alliance) RHA works with the local governments to create resources that will fill the gap between what families can afford and the price of houses on the market. It is a multi-jurisdictional housing authority which leverages local dollars to increase available resources for housing.

Silverton Area Chamber of Commerce The SACC works to promote member businesses and the area as a whole.

Town of Silverton Located at 9,318 feet in the heart of southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountain's high country, Silverton is a year-round paradise for residents and visitors alike.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) document, developed by Region 9, provides detailed economic and demographic profiles of the County. The purpose of the CEDS is to create a plan for retaining and creating better paying jobs, fostering stable and more diversified economies, as well as maintaining and improving the quality of life. (updated for 2016)

 

Business Climate The reasons thousands of visitors come to our County is same reason businesses are grown here. Businesses cite the incredible mountain setting, available commercial real estate, exceptional schools, broadband and quality of life as major factors for choosing Silverton and San Juan County.

Doing Business in Colorado For information about doing business within the State, see the Colorado Business Resource Guide This guide is designed to answer a multitude of questions. The Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center provides a variety of workshops, and free business counseling. 970-247-7009.

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San Juan Economic Development Association

Silverton, Colorado

Melanie Russek

EMAIL

970.769.3486

Downstairs at the Grand Imperial Hotel

1219 Greene Street

PO Box 722

Silverton, CO 81433

Office Hours: Monday, Tues, Thursday, Friday 11-4pm Please call to schedule an appointment