Colorado doesn’t stop at the major metropolitan areas. Rural businesses in Colorado deserve more in their own backyard.
The lack of broadband and connectivity infrastructure made it more difficult for rural business owners to pivot and engage customers in new ways. Energize Colorado is committed to building connected rural ecosystems that can thrive all year whether it is agricultural, energy or tourism growth sectors.
Expanding access in Rural Colorado for more connected small business activity
Connectivity provides the backbone of our mission. Not all rural communities in Colorado are alike, while some have a strong agricultural base, others rely chiefly on forestry, energy, recreation, or manufacturing for economic strength. Improved connectivity will create powerful rural ecosystems, for all and fundamentally change the way we meet the needs of a thriving rural economy.
Identify gaps in services and resources. Build effective local partnerships for year-round business growth. Help rural leaders maximize resources and encourage creative approaches to persistent rural concerns. Advocate for and advance resilient, year-round economies in rural Colorado.
DID YOU KNOW?
The State legislature passed a bill to allow the Colorado Department of Education to reimburse schools and child care centers that buy locally produced food. This creates powerful linkages with local rural growers and State institutions.
RESOURCES FOR RURAL OWNED BUSINESSES
VOLUNTEERS ARE THE ENGINE OF ENERGIZE COLORADO
We have an active group of 100 volunteers across the State. We’re building a better, more equitable future together.
At Energize Colorado, Megan Moore serves as a volunteer with the rural owned businesses segment.