Greetings LLCEDC Members & Community Leaders,

Summer Events: Leadville Race Series

As the days get warmer and longer, our mountains become full of life and excitement. Residents and locals alike take to the hills to indulge in outdoor festivities, one of the most well known being the Leadville Race Series, which attracts endurance athletes not just in Colorado, but world wide!

As this series has expanded, so has the awareness of the Series' Director, Tamira Jenlink, of the most ethical and considerate ways to attend and support the Race while keeping Leadville and Lake County in mind. 

Whether it means picking up a piece of trash that you pass, or helping your fellow racers in times of need, Jenlink encourages every attendee to do their part and to have fun in the video made by Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado, found below. 

Watch the video HERE


The Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation is the leading catalyst for business success by helping to retain and expand the economic base in Leadville and Lake County.

On behalf of all of us here at the LLCEDC, thank you for your continued support of our organization - and please always reach out if we can help! See important updates below.



LLCEDC is committed to the development of all of Leadville/Lake County diverse and sustainable economy for all of Lake County. More about us » and Follow us on Facebook »

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LLCEDC Launches BR&E Committee

In the attempts to sustain and develop our local economy, we at the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation have begun work to launch our Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) Committee. This sub Committee will orient themselves around the scope of work needed to better identify the needs and set backs of businesses in Lake County. For further information, please view our  article in the Herald Democrat that was published 5/26/2022. We will have further updates as the Committee progresses with their efforts.  

Community Clean - Up: Recap

Thank you all for attending Leadville Lake County's Community Clean Up Day! Over 170 volunteers joined together in an effort to remove trash and litter from the streets of Lake County, and what a difference it made! 

We want to thank our partners that worked to make this event possible: Cloud City Conservation CenterLake CountyCity of LeadvilleLake County Community Fund, and Leadville and Twin Lakes. We also want to thank our sponsors, Golden BurroZero Day CoffeeMt. Massive Liquors, and Melanzana, for contributing your time and resources to truly make this Clean - Up the best one we've had yet! 

We are so proud of our community, and look forward to seeing you all again next year! 


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Business & Industry Needs Assessment

Focusing on activities to help improve the general business and economic vitality of our dynamic Western Slope district, Colorado Mountain College is working toward providing workforce ready professionals to help your business thrive. Help us identify employee skill set needs that would be valuable for your business, by completing a brief 10-minute survey. Talk to all stakeholders in your company to gain insight into what skills would be most beneficial to have.

If you have questions, contact the Dean for School of Business, Dr. Norma Guzman Duran, MBA, EdD, O: 970.947.8341/ C: 832-610-0293, nguzmanduran@coloradomtn.edu 

Assistant Professor Business, Joshua Taylor, MBA, MECH. ENG, O: 970.947.8197, jrtaylor@coloradomtn.edu 


Please complete the survey by June 30, 2022 

Survey HERE


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Better City Website

We are excited to announce that we have been selected to participate in a pilot project with our partners at Climax with the help of Better City, with the purpose of anticipating and preparing for potential threats on our community. Through scenario planning, our goal is to develop a list of actions and projects for our purpose. Such threats that will be considered include: storms, drought, civil unrest, and pandemics. Read more on our plans of action and our scope of work we will be covering by clicking the link below.

Click here for more info

We will be reaching out to some of you to participate with project interviews - stay tuned for more details and outcomes!


Hope Colitz, the founder of Hope for Homes, has been in the construction industry for over thirty years, and has specialized in Home Performance Contracting and BPI Standards.

Originally based Alaska as an apprentice for an Energy Auditor, Colitz has found passion in cold climate weatherization, and thus was naturally drawn to the snow capped peaks of Colorado. Hope for Homes was created as a means to increase the quality of life while lowering utility costs for Colorado residents. 

Hope for Homes is dedicated to the community in Leadville and Lake County, and is currently the General Contractor for the new parklet at the Leadville Visitors Center. Naturally, the LLCEDC views Hope Colitz as a perfect fit for Leadville, and a prime example of what it means to give back to the community. 

Please welcome Hope for Homes!


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The LLCEDC will be highlighting key partners and members. Sustaining, growing and maintaining the future of Leadville/Lake County takes all of us.


Peak Health Alliance is a member-led, non-profit health insurance purchasing cooperative whose mission is to leverage the purchasing power of an entire community by negotiating on their behalf for more competitive health insurance rates. Peak partners with local providers, hospitals, and carriers in Lake County to offer a full suite of comprehensive and affordable plans in the individual, self-funded, and small group market. Please contact Devin Kepler, Manager of Outreach at Devin@peakhealthalliance.org for more information, or visit our website at peakhealthalliance.org.

For an overview of Peak Health Alliance in Spanish, please click here.

Visit Website HERE



Freeport McMoRan Foundation, a natural resource company, has partnered with Thunderbird School of Global Management and Bluedrop Performance Building to create Dream Builder.

As a vision of Freeport McMoRan, Dream Builder centers around the importance of women's full economic participation to create and sustain healthy and strong economies. With a top-notch curriculum and an engaging online program, this training platform provides vital tools and learning opportunities for all women to be entrepreneurs. 

To learn more about the program or to enroll, click HERE

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Business Values Analogy

In past videos, workshops and blogs, I have discussed a real-time strategic business planning process. It starts with a business concept vision that is overlaid upon SWOT analysis and typical business areas like values, goals and constraints to arrive at a unified plan. Today, I would like to focus on that tough-to-define word…values. Instead of asking what are your company’s values, ask:

  • Why does your business exist?
  • Who do you service?
  • What is the benefit?

Read more HERE

Welcome to our new series...

Business Thoughts Spotlight

Each week, we will highlight topics around four key business areas:

Planning; Accounting; Marketing/

Sales; and Human Resources

Read Full Article HERE




The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works to create a positive business climate that encourages sustainable job growth and dynamic economic development. OEDIT strives to develop the state's economy financial and technical assistance as a means to support regional and local economic facilities throughout the state. To learn more about OEDIT and what they assist in, please click HERE to read more about them.

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OEDIT Partnering with Exit Planning Institute on a 2022 Colorado State of Owner Readiness Survey

As the State of Colorado actively looks to support businesses through all stages of their journey, the Employee Ownership Office of Colorado is working in partnership with the Exit Planning Institute to create the State of Owner Readiness Report. This research gives an inside look on how prepared private business owners are to sell or exit their businesses and allows for our statewide business community to best prepare for this next step, consider all of their options, and improve their individual transition success. Your participation in the 2022 Colorado State of Owner Readiness survey will help Colorado continue discovering new opportunities to support business owners. Responses to the survey are confidential and it will take about 12 minutes to complete.

To see a full list of open OEDIT programs, please click on the link below.

See Programs HERE


The Central Mountain Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting their 2nd annual Outdoor Industry Summit at Salida Steam Plant Center on Monday, September 19th. Topics of discussion include Business and Leadership Development & Innovation, Sustainability and Stewardship, and more!

Monday, September 19th, 

Salida Steamplant Event Center

220 W. Sackett Ave.

Salida, CO 81201

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Additional Updates & Resources


Be sure to check out the workshops and sessions offered by our SCORE Partners.

Check out Workshops HERE
Workshop Calendar HERE

Check out SBDC resources available to support small businesses, non-profits, freelancers, and independent contractors.

SBDC Workshops HERE
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Need a refresher on what the LLCEDC does and the role we play in our community?

Check out the FAQ HERE


Membership benefits are extensive and include…

  • Involvement and decision making in the direction, goals, efforts, and accomplishments of the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation.
  • Ability to participate with our healthcare alliance and enterprise zone programs.
  • Participation in developing business resources and the small business lending resources to further enhance the benefits of the LLCEDC to local businesses as well as other LLCEDC members. AND MUCH MORE!

To read more about the benefits are of becoming a member, click here. To become an LLCEDC member, fill out the application form here or click the link below.


Check out the 2022 LLCEDC Board of Directors and Meeting Schedule HERE

Thank You Partners

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Thank You Donor Members

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Click HERE for a full member list

Our Mission Statement

The Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation is the leading catalyst for business success by helping to retain and expand the economic base in Leadville and Lake County.

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400 Harrison Ave, Ste #100, PO Box 1503, Leadville, CO 80461

719-293-2316 • admin@lakecountyedc.com