Economic Incentives

Are you ready to take your business to the next level?  Colorado and La Plata County are ready to help!  Whether you need loans, workforce training, infrastructure improvements, or new capital equipment, a variety of incentives exist to reduce the costs of expanding your operations.  Please contact us today for more information or to learn how we can structure incentives for a customized package for your business!

 

Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is the state agency responsible for overseeing the retention and expansion of our existing businesses and helping to recruit new businesses to the State.  They manage a variety of incentive programs designed to assist targeted businesses and workforce development.  A list of incentives offered by OEDIT can be found here.

 

Colorado Workforce Training

Southwest Colorado Community College presented to the La Plata Economic Development Alliance on two of the workforce development programs offered by OEDIT and administered through the local community colleges in the state.  These are the Colorado First and Existing Industry Job Training Grants.  A copy of the presentation can be found here.

 

Job Growth Tax Credits and Incentives

The Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC) is responsible for developing incentive programs to help recruit and retain businesses.  Two of the primary incentives that they use are the Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit and the Strategic Fund.  The Incentive Tax Credit reduces FICA payments by local businesses based on job creation and wage rates, while the Strategic Fund provides cash incentives for job creation based on wages.  More information on the Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit can be found here, and information on the Stategic Fund can be found here.

 

Growth Company Initiative

Southwest Colorado has long recognized the importance of Growth Companies. These are growing firms that sell their products and/or services outside of Southwest Colorado and often support numerous other jobs through demand for business services, housing, and retail.  The Growth Company Initiative (GCI) supports and promotes Growth Companies throughout Southwest Colorado through peer networking, facilitating access to capital, partnering with Fort Lewis College to provide internship and workforce opportunities, and training and mentoring on key issues that growing firms face.  More information and the GCI brochure can be found here.

 

Infrastructure – Community Development Block Grants

OEDIT oversees the administration of Community Development Block Grants, or CDBGs.   A CDBG may be awarded for infrastructure improvements and other projects that lead to job creation and retention.  Typically, the project must be at least $100,000 in size and create at least 5 jobs.  When complete, the infrastructure must be publicly owned.  For more information, please review this page or contact us to discuss whether your project may be eligible for CDBG funds in La Plata County.

 

International Trade

OEDIT has recently received financing to help expand the amount of assistance they can provide for businesses looking to start or grow their international markets.  These include grants and technical assistance to help defray costs for identifying business partners, doing due diligence, legal assistance, interpretation, and other issues that make foreign trade unique.  For information on programs your business may be eligible for, please visit the OEDIT web page here.

 

Enterprise Zones

Enterprise Zones were enacted in 1996 to provide businesses in certain targeted areas with access to tax credits for capital investment, job creation, research and development, and other business initiatives that could help with revitalization.  Region 9, which oversees La Plata County, provides information to businesses on the Enterprise Zone program and whether your company is eligible for tax credits.

Detailed maps of Enterprise Zone locations in La Plata County can be found on Region 9’s webpage here.

More information about Enterpise Zones is available here.

 

Economic Development Block Grant- Durango

The City of Durango recently enacted an economic development block grant, which was matched by the La Plata Economic Development Alliance.  This incentive is available for companies interested in expanding or locating within Durango or other targeted areas in La Plata County.  To qualify, the business must primarily sell goods or services outside of La Plata County.  The incentive is administered by the La Plata Economic Development Alliance, and may be leveraged with regional and state incentives.

For more information, please contact us .

 

Financing

A variety of financing programs exist to help expand access to capital and lower borrowing costs for new and existing businesses.

 

Loan Programs

Region 9 offers a revolving loan program to assist with “gap” financing for businesses.  This program was designed to help with financing when other alternatives are otherwise not available.  For more information, please see Region 9’s website here.

The Small Business Association (SBA) has two programs to help businesses get access to long-term, low interest loans for business expansions, working capital, property acquisition, and refinancing.  A variety of local banks work with SBA loans.  Please contact us for more information on the SBA programs and how they may be able to help with your business needs.

 

Borrowing Costs

Some programs exist that can help lower the cost of borrowing.  Local specialists can assist with New Market Tax Credits for projects in certain areas of La Plata County.  New Market Tax Credits, NMTC, act like equity investments and can cover up to 20% of project costs, significantly reducing the need for borrowing money on projects.  Additionally, EB5 is a federal program that can be used to lower borrowing costs for eligible companies.   Please contact us to learn more about how NMTC and EB5 can be used on your project to lower your long term financing costs.