Businesses, Nonprofits, and Community Leaders:

What’s so important about the 2020 Census?

The census population count determines how many representatives each state will have in Congress for the next 10 years and how much federal funding communities will receive for roads, schools, housing and social programs.

The results of the census help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding, including grants and support to states, counties and communities are spent every year for the next decade. It helps communities get its fair share for schools, hospitals, roads, and public works. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.  These funds are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone.

Check link for possible new re districting map. https://coloradosun.com/2021/09/07/colorado-congressional-map-1-new-dynamic/

The results also inform how federal funding is allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grant programs for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

Business Decisions – The 2020 Census will be valuable to businesses, as results will provide a rich set of data in the communities they serve or are thinking to relocate.  These population trends, demographics, and growth projections help with present and future decision making. The 2020 Census will be valuable to businesses, as the results will provide a rich set of data in the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.

Business owners rely on census results to make decisions, such as where to open new stores, restaurants, factories, technology, and offices; where to expand operations; where to recruit employees; and which products and services to offer. 

So check out Leadville and Lake County Census 2020 information HERE!

Interesting article: Census data shows how bad Colorado high country housing has gotten (coloradosun.com)

Marla Akridge

email: director@lakecountyedc.com

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 »

LLCEDC Membership Updates

Each week, we have been reviewing different benefits and resources for LLCEDC Members. This week, we are reminding everyone that annual membership billing for 2022 has gone out. Now is a good time to check in on your membership level and ask for an upgrade!


What are the membership Levels and benefits associated with each?

Individual Members: This provides basic membership in the LLCEDC, invitation to all meetings, use of all LLCEDC resources, and inclusion on the LLCEDC correspondence list. $100.


Business Members: This provides the above benefits plus eligibility to be elected to the Board of Directors, the Healthcare solution partners, and up to a 25% Colorado State Tax Credit. $250.


Voting Members: This provides the above benefits plus one (1) vote toward the election of the Board of Directors. Dues start at $500 and can be increased by increments of $500 to add additional votes to a maximum of five (5) votes with a contribution of $2,500. 

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Donor Members: This provides all of the above benefits plus an automatic seat on the LLCEDC Board of Directors. Dues: $5,000. 

How often will I have to renew my membership?


General membership is renewed annually on a calendar year basis, although members can commit to a multi-year investment if they choose. Membership dues can also be broken into quarterly payments if desired.

Let us know if you have questions about your membership HERE

The Power of WE!

Now available via an awe-inspiring In Person Conference or Hybrid Live Virtual Experience on 9/27!

The Power of WE (Women Entrepreneurs) will offer thought provoking content, resources and tools to inspire women’s leadership development, creativity, and innovation. It will also share the many Federal, State and local funding opportunities that are available to women owned businesses and share tools and resources to access them. WE welcome anyone who has an interest in she/her/hers topics & discussions.


Registration and Agenda Details HERE

Outdoor Industry Summit


Now available via an awe-inspiring In Person Conference or Hybrid Live Virtual experience! 

October 25, 2021 8am-5pm


The Outdoor Industry Summit is an exploration of growth/scale opportunities, stewardship & education for those operating an outdoor recreation business or nonprofit in the Central Mountain region of Colorado. Others in the state are welcome too!

We will combine Central Mtn adventure tourism-based industry businesses and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, and diverse community minded support resources to educate and protect our public lands while still promoting tourism and outdoor adventures to all.

We will share the many new state funding resources available to rural small businesses/entrepreneurs to contribute to and/or expand their brands and purpose driven joint ventures.

Finally, this summit will hold the space to collaborate on methodologies to tap into entrepreneurial energy to address community scale challenges facing our rural area (i.e. workforce, housing, childcare, social inequities, environmental concerns etc.).

More Info HERE

Additional Info & Resources


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

Thank You Partners

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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