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					                                                                                                                                                                                         economic profile :: 2008                   Northern Colorado




             Erie
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                                                                                                                                                                                                     erie chamber of commerce
                                                                                                                                              proximity to major economic and population             www.eriechamber.org
                                                                   52                                                                         centers, including Boulder, Longmont, Denver           town of erie
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                                                                                                                                              and communities in Larimer and Weld coun-              www.ci.erie.co.us
                                                                                                                                              ties.
                                                                                                                                                    Erie is adjacent to Interstate 25 and            upstate colorado economic Development
                                                                                                                                                                                                     www.upstatecolorado.org
                                287                                                                                                           bisected by both Colorado Highway 52 and
                                                                                                                                              Colorado Highway 7. That puts it within short
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                                                                                                                                              driving distances to world-class research and
                                                                                                                                              academic institutions, including the Univer-           eRIe pRoFIle
                                                                                                                                              sity of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado State
                                                                                                                                              University in Fort Collins and the University of
                                                                                                                                              Northern Colorado in Greeley.                          Square miles                      9.6
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                 ARAPAHOE RD.                                                                                                                       Transportation options include the Erie          population 2000                   6,291
                                                                                                                                              Municipal Airport, owned and operated by               population est. 2006              14,125
                                                                                                                                              the town of Erie. The general-aviation facility        labor force                       3,745
                                                                                                                                              is located three miles south of the central            Employment	          	            3,631
                                                                                                                                              business district and was formerly a private           per capita income                 $30,625
             Erie shares many characteristics with                                                                                            airport called Tri-County Airport.                     median household income           $71,114
        other communities in Larimer and Weld                                                                                                       Erie town officials adopted a new com-           Households                        2,225
        counties, but principal among them is an                                                                                              prehensive plan in 2005. One of the goals of           source:	u.s.	census	bureau
        incredible pace of growth.                                                                                                            town leaders is to coordinate new growth
             The town, with boundaries extending                                                                                              and annexations with that plan and with the
        into both Weld and Boulder counties, re-                                                                                              town’s economic-development plan.                      A new community center and library
        corded slightly more than 6,000 residents in                                                                                                While moving from its coal-mining roots      recently opened, and the town has become
        the 2000 census. The 2006 estimate put that                                                                                           to today’s fast-paced growth, Erie keeps sight     an attractive stopping point for young
        number at more than 14,000, and town offi-                                                                                            of quality of life for its residents. Town and     professionals, outdoor buffs, growing families
        cials say Erie’s population pushed past 16,000                                                                                        Erie Chamber of Commerce officials have            and active seniors. All are drawn to Erie’s
        in 2007. By 2015, the population is expected                                                                                          worked to develop a full-service community         expansive mountain views and scenic trails.
        to be more than 25,000.                                                                                                               that provides state of the art infrastructure
             Erie’s attraction stems in part from its                                                                                         and amenities for residents and businesses.




                      Estes Park                                                                                                              mately 6,000 year-round residents and is
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                                                                                                                                                                                                     convention & visitor’s Bureau
                                                                                                                                                                                                     www.EstesParkCVB.com
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                                                                                                                                              home to the headquarters for Rocky Moun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     northern colorado economic Development corp.
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                                                                                                                                              area soon drew tourists and visitors. Ranch-           www.estesnet.com
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                                                                                                                                              Estes Park. By 1909, F.O. Stanley had opened
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                                                                                                                                              his famous hotel in the town.
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                                                                                                                                                   The roads that lead to Estes Park con-             eSteS paRK pRoFIle
                                                                                                                                              nect it to the Longmont/Boulder area, Lyons
                                                                                                                                              and Loveland. They include U.S. Highway 34,             Square miles                     5.9
                                                                                                                                              U.S. Highway 36 and Colorado Highway 7.                 population 2000                  5,413
                                                                                                                                              While Estes Park seemingly attracts visitors            population est. 2006             6,006
                                                                                                                                              like a magnet, community leaders constantly             labor force                      2,877
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                                                                                                                                              work to keep the business climate healthy.              Employment	          	           2,789
                                                                                                                                                   Recently, an effort was undertaken via a           per capita income                $30,499
                                                                                                                                              petition drive to request a November 2008               median household income          $43,262
                 Estes Park remains one of Larimer                                                                                            election that would determine whether                   Households                       2,499
             County’s thriving business communities.                                                                                          residents favor establishment of a marketing
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             With hundreds of businesses, restaurants,                                                                                        district in Estes Park. The district would be
             construction and real estate companies, the                                                                                      funded by a lodging tax that would be used
             mountain town plays an important role in                                                                                         to advertise and otherwise market Estes            energy, Estes Park’s Light and Power custom-
             the Northern Colorado economy.                                                                                                   Park for tourism. Currently, marketing money       ers can buy wind energy from the Platte
                 Even though it is viewed primarily as a                                                                                      comes from the town’s general fund.                River Power Authority’s Medicine Bow Wind
             tourist community, Estes Park has approxi-                                                                                            And, in an effort to promote clean            Project in Wyoming.




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