It’s no secret that internet and wireless are allowing more and more employees and businesses to live wherever they want. Like many high quality of life regions, La Plata County has benefited from this trend. Durango and La Plata County have one of the largest shares of homebased workers of any county in the nation, accounting for over 2,300 jobs in the county. Many of these people are independent contractors or consultants, or work remotely for large corporations like Mozilla, Microsoft, or even occasionally for traditional manufacturing firms.
Pioneering foresight in developing a state-of-the-art internet, a vibrant business support system, flexible office space like DurangoSpace, and a strong and growing regional airport have provided the intellectual and physical infrastructure for homebased workers and technology firms to thrive here.
The region has also long attracted experienced executives who want to continue to invest and grow new firms. This has led to an innovative culture that nourishes and supports start-up businesses through mentoring, networking in organizations like the Durango Tech Group, a wealth of skilled employees thanks to Fort Lewis College, and debt and equity financing for start-up and growing tech businesses. As a result, computer occupations were the fastest growing occupations in La Plata County in the last decade. Homebased remote workers and technology companies alike thrive in La Plata County!