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Expand Your Business
Thinking of growing your business? 
Your business development in Rio Grande County begins here! 
Our regional collaborative efforts can help provide the tools to take your business to the next level ……..


URGED was a critical resource in 2015 as we were investigating the opportunities for expanding our business to the Town of Del Norte.

Upper Rio Grande Economic Development is ready to help. We are committed to retaining and growing primary employers already operating and excelling in Rio Grande County. Helping businesses achieve their goals is the key to successful economic growth and keeping the jobs here. That's why we have a one-stop-shop connecting Rio Grande County-based businesses to programs and resources that assist with challenges, explore opportunities, and facilitate expansion. We have mentoring opportunities with a larger business advisor network.

Our services also include small business advice through our regional Small Business Development Center’s training programs and their free business counselling programs – check it out here.  

Contact us to get started on your next project.


Without URGED’s assistance, the process of collecting information and identifying key data in a new community would have been a challenge.


Let us assist you in accessing the local, county and statewide information and resources to further your objectives. We can help with any question you have, whether it is about capital, permitting, tax incentives, local business services, or more.  By connecting with our business resources a company can reach goals sooner.  Contact URGED when you are ready to boost bottom lines and strengthen your company’s foothold:

  • Tap Into New Distribution and Delivery Channels
  • Add New Services or New Products
  • Target New Markets of Customers
  • Grow to New Territories


Strategic Partnerships

The URGED’s network of partners spans the San Luis Valley.   For example, the Small Business Development Center provides technical assistance from QuickBooks training to business training and planning for growth with their Leading Edge program.  Five chambers of commerce in close proximity give businesses plenty of opportunities to network and meet other business owners. URGED can assist with loans and state incentives to help you grow and succeed.  There is a multitude of assistance for growing business.  Let us be your collaborative partner in obtaining that assistance.  Check out our network of partners and the helpful links below:


Chambers of Commerce

Whether you are looking at or near Del Norte, Monte Vista, or South Fork, Rio Grande County has what you need with three Chambers of Commerce. The Upper Rio Grande Economic Development office works closely with the Chambers to connect with each community and the county as a whole.  We can put you in touch with the people who know best for each area.

Here are the links to the local Chamber  of Commerce offices:


Ciello, the Valley's largest fiber optic broadband Internet service provider, delivers reliable connection at cutting-edge speeds up to 1Gbps, which is backed-up with their wireless service. Their focus on innovation and progress brings new opportunities to our community.

Economic Incentives and Financial Assistance


Colorado’s pro-business stance makes our state one of the most attractive locations in the world for companies like yours to operate. From loans to grants, tax credits to property tax reductions, a variety of incentives exist to reduce the costs of expanding your operations.

Contact us to help you navigate a more direct route to your next level of success and engage our team today.

The City of Monte Vista has an Economic Development Assistance Policy to provide incentives for the retention and expansion of existing businesses within the city.  The policy contains criteria and guidelines for certain economic development assistance or incentives not to exceed $50,000 for businesses meeting the following requirements:

  • That the business aligns with community goals and consumer needs
  • That the business is a priority business (i.e., provides primary employment, such as manufacturing and light industry; retail; culture and social facilities that house and promote the arts, sciences, history and provide positive social setting for families)
  • That the business demonstrates notable financial and managerial capabilities to be sustainable

For more information learn more here.

Technical Assistance

URGED’s partnerships with larger industries allows for personalized problem solving and exploration of opportunities when a business faces challenges.  We will access experts in critical areas to support specialized needs

Access to consultants – Connect with our consultants in specialized areas of industry, whether it’s getting access to broadband connections or strengthening your company’s business plan with one-on-one small business counseling. Find out more about business planning assistance from the SBDC, loans and state programs from Region 8, networking through the Chamber, and business training from OEDIT with statewide programs that are offered to help with procurement, trade, contracting, and new market opportunities.

Contact us to get started on your next project.