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.

$75M

IN STATE FUNDING TO EXPAND BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS

120

BUSINESSES CONNECTED TO HIGH SPEED INTERNET THROUGH EC’S RURAL TOGETHER PROGRAM

OUR GOALS

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.

$10M

IN CO STIMULUS PLAN FOR RURAL LOCAL ECONOMIES

$3M

REDI GRANTS ALLOCATED THROUGH CO STIMULUS PLAN

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.

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