Developing a Strong Economy for Delta County

428 Main St., STE 101, Delta, CO 970-874-4992               

2015 Priorities and Projects

Broadband Initiative

  • DCED recognizes that affordable, reliable and fast broadband is not a luxury; it's a necessity. Affordable broadband is a building block for healthy communities. Currently Delta County is being left behind which puts our economic future at grave risk. DCED has made broadband a priority for our work and we are taking leadership in Delta County to ensure we achieve our goal of fast and affordable broadband throughout the community. We are working closely with Region 10 and other counties to seek collaborative/regional funding to begin to build infrastructure, continue to  educate the community about broadband and the economy, stay current on Broadband issues for the county and advocate on behalf of Delta County.  DCED is currently working with Region 10 to secure a DOLA Grant for the middle mile infrastructure.

Business Support and Development

  • DCED works to support local businesses expand and stay in Delta County and to establish new businesses in Delta County. We do this through:
    • Resource for accessing state and federal grants/loans (USDA, REDI, Etc)
    • Small Business Development (funding options, start ups, resource development)
    • Community profile resource, demographics, resources, etc
    • Entreprenuer / Telelcommuting networking, support.
    • Business Start up support
    • Business & Industry Outreach
    • Liaison between businesses and local and state government
    • Site selection
    • Maintain current county demographics, facts and figures
    • Maintain current listings of real estate through Advance Colorado Website
    • Partner with Region 10 Small Business Resource Center to provide training and consulting to current and start-up businesses.

Economic Recovery and Prosperity Plan for Delta County

  • In 2014 Region 10, on behalf of Gunnison and Delta Counties, applied for and was approved for a U.S. Economic Development Administration FY 2014 Economic Development Adjustment Assistance Program Grant for Delta and Gunnison Counties. This grant was requested to improve and enhance the economic resiliency and sustainability of these two counties in Colorado after the recent closure of the Oxbow coal mine in Gunnison County, Colorado. The resulting mine closure is a regional economic emergency which is creating dire consequences for the affected counties.
  • During 2015, with consultants from Better City, we will conduct an in-depth, visionary and data-driven analysis that prioritizes actions at creating a more diversified and robust economy in Delta County.


  • The scope of work includes:
    • Economic Assessment (state of the economy report for the county which evaluates existing economic and demographic trends)
    • Market Analysis (evaluate market data and conduct appropriate market analysis to determine opportunities for expanding and/or adding new economic opportunities)
    • Final Report with Recommendations and Action Plan (actions that provide a level of prioritization based on economic impact in the region, job creation, and the long-term sustainability of the action)
    • Feasibility Study Analysis on the top 1-2 ideas (completing a detailed feasibility study that may also include an operational plan if that is critical in the implementation of the action for one to two of the highest priority actions identified in the action plan, up to two complete studies)
    • Monitor Results (provide a recommended methodology to monitor the effectiveness of plan implementation and of economic development).

Health Careers Insitute

  • In partnership with Delta County Schools, Delta County Memorial Hospital and CU School of Medicine plan and implement the second annual week-long Health Careers Institute June 8 - 12, 2015. The Health Career Institute gives Delta County High School students an opportunity to explore a career in rural health care. This increases the number of youth exposed to education opportunities, increase the number of young people who return to the community as health care professionals and exposes youth to opportunities for local post-secondary educational training at Delta Montrose Technical College.

Participation in Collaborative Initiatives

  • Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Steering Committee through Region 10
  • Small Business Development Steering Committee Member through Region 10, bringing business training, education and support throughout Delta County
  • Joint Chambers Meeting with five local chambers, Tourism and DCED
  • Delta County Tourism Cabinet
  • Delta Business Improvement District Initiatives
  • DMEA Member Advisory Council
  • Collaborative Grant Applications as they become available

Rogers Mesa Feasibility Study

  • In partnership with a broad base of stakeholders, in 2015 this group is conducting a study to determine the market feasibility and organizational sustainability of a potential agricultural-based education program and/or farm incubator on the Rogers Mesa site. In spring of 2014, Colorado State University (CSU) placed its Rogers Mesa research site under review for potential development and repurposing. Rather than selling the property, CSU and Delta County opened up discussions with community members and organizations to determine opportunities in addition to research for future use of the site.

Rural Health Care Track Program

  • In partnership with CU School of Medicine Rural Track progam and Delta County Memorial Hospital, work to recruit medical students to intern in Delta County with the goal to increase the number of health care providers who enter and remain to practice in Delta County.  The goal of the CU Rural Track Program  is to identify students interested in future rural living and medical practice, and to provide them with broad-based knowledge, practical experience, faculty mentorship and group companionship that will help them explore rural practice and decide if it is right for them.

Soils Health Conference

  • Plan and implement the 6th Annual Western Slope Soil Health Conference in February 2016. This conference brings together local and national experts to educate the community of ways to improve agricultural practices. Soil health and sustainable agricultural practices are critical for the future success of the important economic sector. Soil health plays a critical role in agricultural production and environmental quality. Soil is a huge asset for Delta County.

Support of Community Projects and Initiatives

  • Fiscal Sponsor of Flight of the Eagle Project – Beginning March 2015 DCED will act as fiscal sponsor for the Flight of the Eagle Project in Paonia, which seeks to enhance the community by building a new high school outdoor facility and recreational space for the entire community. This project will help to transform Paonia it into a better and more vibrant environment for future generations.