The Help You Need to Succeed from La Plata County Economic Development Alliance

You can expect numerous local, state and federal economic development incentives for workforce training, job growth tax credits and infrastructure improvements. On top of those, the Alliance features a Trailing Spouse Program for job placement assistance and an advisors’ network (Region 9, SBDC and SCAPE) offering assistance for strategic planning, creating a business plan and business strategies. Capitalize on our Growth Company Initiative that facilitates economic growth, access to capital and peer networking with fellow CEOs.

Vision and Mission


1315 Main Avenue #208
Durango, Colorado 81301

Strategic Initiative: A New Terminal and Improved Air Service

Contributing almost $286 million to our economy, Durango La Plata Airport is due for a new terminal, which will bolster our region’s economic resiliency and enable better service for passengers, airlines, and general aviation. The Alliance has partnered with the airport on a new, detailed economic impact study by industry and household. We have also fostered regional partnerships across state lines and worked with the airport to secure new flight routes for residents.

Strategic Initiative: A New Business Park

To help our local technology firms, construction companies and small manufacturers grow and create quality jobs, the Alliance supports affordable space to buy, lease or build. The Alliance conducted a study on the need for a business park. As a result, the Alliance helped fund a new makerspace, and is partnering with our municipalities and La Plata County to prepare sites for light industrial businesses, as well as facilitate infill development for professional office use. The Alliance has a record of successfully working with wholesale, field service and manufacturing companies to help them find space to grow in La Plata County.

Strategic Initiative: 100% High Speed Internet to Every Home and Business in La Plata County

Affordable, high-speed internet is vital for home-based workers, data-driven businesses and our residents. The Alliance helped deliver high-speed internet solutions to rapidly growing companies in Durango, and helped pass local legislation to enable communities to partner with private providers to expand internet. We’ve also participated in a loan with Region 9 to expand high-speed wireless internet throughout south central La Plata County and the Animas River Valley, which has already expanded internet service to 2,700 more homes countywide. In partnership with the Southwest Colorado Council of Governments and CDOT, the Alliance developed a strategy for middle mile service and gig fiber communities, as well as better access to grant money for implementation.

Economic Growth Through Workforce Solutions

The Alliance can help you apply the State of Colorado’s workforce training programs and dollars through partnerships with Fort Lewis College and Southwest Colorado Community College. Fort Lewis College offers bachelor’s degrees in business, engineering and computer engineering, as well as internships, workforce opportunities, training and mentoring. Southwest Colorado Community College develops customized workforce training to help employees develop skills and grow within your company.

Economic Development Help Through Region 9

Region 9 oversees La Plata County economic development dollars and can contribute tax credits for capital investment, job creation, research and development, and other business initiatives linked to Enterprise Zones.

Beyond Strategic Planning and Business Strategy

Businesses that export goods or services outside of La Plata County may be eligible for economic development block grants funded by the City of Durango and the Alliance, and matched by State of Colorado incentives.

Federal Assistance with Economic Growth

Gap financing, Small Business Association programs, infrastructure grants and HUB Zones in certain areas are all available to qualifying companies moving or expanding to La Plata County. Contact the Alliance for more information.