Being located half way between Colorado’s two largest cities puts Douglas County in an enviable position to attract business. But a thriving economy doesn’t occur from geography alone. It takes a county government committed to creating and maintaining a business-friendly environment.
That’s why Douglas County’s focus is on the foundations of a healthy economy — those that create a pro-business regulatory and tax environment. And why we continue to expand a transportation system that is complemented by aviation, light rail and highways. It all helps to keep our economy moving.
And because we’re fiercely protective of our high quality of life, people want to live here. Smart, highly educated people, with more than half of the population aged 25 years and over holding a bachelor’s degree or higher.
That brings companies who want to be here, too. Major employers like DISH Network, Liberty Media, Western Union, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Charles Schwab all call Douglas County home.
And our reward is a local economy that in 2014 was named second in the U.S. for job growth by the U.S. Department of Labor. And that is the ultimate measurement of economic success in any one’s book.
Douglas County is uniquely positioned for success with an abundance of highly educated, skilled, knowledgeable workers who live near the state’s major employment centers; a robust transportation system that includes a general aviation airport, light rail transit and a newly expanded freeway system; adequate water and power for new growth; a nationally-recognized public education system; a state tax rate below the national average; an inventory of available office space and entitled sites for construction of new offices and shops, and business-friendly government leaders.
In addition, the quality of life is enhanced by diverse housing options, proximity to world-class arts and cultural amenities, world-class sports franchises, and proximity to some of the best recreation amenities in the world.
Facilitating the creation of greater wealth in the County leads to a flourishing economy. This is done primarily through the retention, expansion and recruitment of primary jobs, new capital investment in the community, visitors/tourists spending money in the County. (Primary jobs are those jobs that export products and services and import new dollars into the County. The new dollars brought in by primary jobs circulate within the County in the form of salaries and other business expenditures, which in turn support jobs in the retail, business services, personal services and other sectors. Not defined by size, both large and small employers can provide primary jobs.)
Because building a sustainable economy does not happen overnight, a long-term perspective is essential to any successful economic development effort.
Douglas County’s Economic Development program provides the leadership and direction to create an economically vibrant community that is recognized as one of America’s most attractive business environments and distinctive, high quality of life communities. Staff provides professional services to existing businesses and those seeking to establish new businesses. Our economic development office can provide you with:
- The latest economic and demographic statistical information about the County and regional market.
- Assistance in locating land, buildings, or commercial space.
- Guidance through the development and permitting process.
- Information on state and local incentive programs.
The County works with businesses, as well as public and private organizations to match resources with those who can use them.