Greetings LLCEDC Members & Community Leaders,

Thank you so much for helping us celebrate Economic Development week last week! The LLCEDC's ambition is to support our local economy and provide recourses for individuals and businesses in our community. It is through the growth and success of said individuals and businesses that we have reason to celebrate, and we are thankful for every opportunity to recognize the movers and shakers of Leadville/Lake County.


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 »


Lake County knows that we need a public transportation system to connect people to each other, stores and resources, and the outdoors. We are hoping to have a system in place in the next 18 months, but need your help to make sure we create a system that works best for our community. Your answers to this survey will help us understand your travel needs, whether you experience barriers accessing Summit Stage, and whether you feel improved bus service could be a good resource for you.

Initial bus service is planned to connect Leadville and the surrounding neighborhoods. In future years it is possible bus service could be expanded to other parts of Lake County. You may also fill this survey out online at: https://bit.ly/LeadvilleBusSurvey

Please complete the short survey and if you have any questions you can email them to Kayla Marcella at kmarcella@co.lake.co.us

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View the flyer in English and Spanish HERE


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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!


The LLCEDC wouldn't be what it is without the ongoing support and encouragement of our members and investors. Every month we will spotlight a member to recognize their importance and impact in our community.

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This month, we are spotlighting Colorado Mountain College, a long standing member of the EDC and an asset to Leadville and Lake County. We interviewed Ben Cairns, Vice President and Campus Dean, about CMC's membership with the EDC. 

How long have you been a member of the LLCEDC?

I am actually not sure. I think CMC has been a part of the EDC since the beginning.

Why did your organization or business join the LLCEDC?

CMC joined for many reasons including wanting to serve our community and making sure our graduates are prepared to be a part of our local workforce. As a college we want to be a part of the key spaces for thoughtful problem solving in our community and the EDC does this. Lastly, due to the CMC model we serve, our community and our involvement on the EDC keeps us in the loop of community needs and concerns.

What is your favorite part of being an LLCEDC member?

Working with a great group of folks to help define and solve the key challenges facing Leadville and Lake County. Being able to listen to what is going on and think about what might be CMC's role in helping solve these challenges. 

How do you define organizational success?

When an organization is able to meet and achieve its mission and vision. This happens when resources, time and human capitol are focused towards that mission and vision. Also, it is key that the mission and vision align with the activities and are clearly designed and put in practice through the activities of the organization. 

What advice would you give for anyone considering a membership with the LLCEDC?

Its a great way to be a part of a group looking to solve problems in our community and to improve the economic outlook for everyone in Lake County. 

What do you think the LLCEDC could do better?

I think continuing to get clear on what we can do vs. what other organizations roles might be as we address challenges. What does the EDC do, the county, the city, etc... in addressing the key challenges of our current reality.

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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

Success Isn’t Binary

A lot of people I have talked with assume that success is binary, which means everything that isn’t success must be failure. But the opposite of success isn’t failure. Or, it doesn’t have to be. And, that’s a distinction that can make all the difference. Unfortunately, it’s one that many people never learn to make...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.

Visit website HERE


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


Employee Ownership Grant

Deadline: May 6 | More info here. If your Colorado business is actively pursuing an employee ownership structure, be sure to check out the Employee Ownership Grant. The grant is available to eligible Colorado-headquartered small businesses, awarding up to $3,000 to reimburse professional technical service costs required when transitioning your business to an employee-owned structure. Professional services covered by this grant include accounting, legal, business valuation, and technical services. Eligible employee ownership structures include any model requiring 20% of the business to be owned by employees, excluding founders. To receive the grant, the employee ownership conversion must be completed by June 17. 

Colorado Creates Grant: The Colorado Creates Grant helps organizations and communities create art and cultural activities through general operating support funding. Funds are distributed throughout Colorado with a focus on rural communities. Grant awards are flat amounts based on your organization’s cash operating revenue for your most recently completed fiscal year. All successful applicants in the same revenue range will receive the same amount of grant funds. Applications close June 2, 2022.

For more opportunities and resources, click here

Additional Updates & Resources


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Click HERE for the flyer in English

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Click HERE for the flyer in Spanish

Join us, our partners, and your community for our 2022 Community Clean Up Day! Help pick up trash, weed planters, and clean up Lake County. Trash bags will be provided, starting at 9am, from the Volunteer table at the County Courthouse lawn, 505 Harrison avenue. Please be sure to bring your own work gloves, snacks, and water, and register ahead of time for an accurate headcount! Burritos will be provided after words from the Golden Burro. We hope to see everyone there!

Saturday, June 11th

9:00am - 1:00pm

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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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Attend Continental Divide Trail's online webinar on Thursday, May 19th to see the results from their Small Business Survey they conducted earlier this year. The webinar is free, but please register in advance. 

Thursday, May 19th

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Register HERE

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