For more than a decade, the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation (Chaffee County EDC) has led efforts on behalf of primary employers to create an economy that rivals our unsurpassed mountain lifestyle. Structured as a 501c6 nonprofit, the EDC serves as a public-private-academic partnership, convening the region’s private sector, government, and academic leaders to support industry growth and career opportunities through business advocacy, talent pipeline initiatives, and startup support.

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Meet our Partners

Private Sector

The Trailhead, First Colorado Land Office, Collegiate Peaks Bank, Elevation Brewing, Fading West Development, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort, Central Colorado Title & Escrow, Sangre de Christo Electric Association, Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, Comfurt Gas, and Pure Greens. 

Public Sector

Chaffee County, Town of Buena Vista, Town of Poncha Springs, City of Salida

Academic Sector

Colorado Mountain College, Buena Vista School District, Salida School District


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Chaffee County Success Stories – In Their Own Words

Chaffee County is an incredible place for makers and doers to live, work, and play. It is also a place where successful businesses and leaders uplift and support a growing economy and strong community. We want to share those stories of success, passion, and enjoyment with you.

Charlie Chupp, CEO, Fading West Development

How do you drive job creation while addressing a community need, in this case attainable workforce housing? Charlie Chupp, CEO of Fading West, talks about how they’re doing just that at The Farm in Buena Vista, Colo.

Lenny Eckstein, Founder, Deerhammer Distilling

How do you capture the spirit of a vibrant community that’s home to a dozen 14,000-foot peaks and the headwaters of the Arkansas River?  Deerhammer Distilling in Buena Vista, Colo. puts it in a bottle.

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