Small Town Life, Big City Opportunity

Small Town Life, Big City Opportunity

Elbert County is Colorado’s Central Plains' most populated county and one of the nation's fastest growing counties. Many families who work in the Denver metro area have moved to western Elbert County to leave the commotion of the city behind and enjoy a quieter country lifestyle.

Elbert County’s largest incorporated town, Elizabeth, was founded in 1859 as a logging center. Only a 20-minute drive from Denver, Elizabeth and nearby Kiowa offers the perfect backdrop for new business parks and light manufacturing companies.

The town of Simla boasts a rural but bustling lifestyle. This part of Elbert County unfolds into gently rolling prairies dotted with splendid evergreen growth and spectacular Front Range views. Out here, agriculture is king, with farmland occupying 93% of the land.

Good for Business

Forward thinking economic development policies and a streamlined process for bringing in new business have earned Elbert County the reputation of being one of the most business-friendly counties in Colorado.

Retail and service businesses along with new and expanded light manufacturing companies have doubled during the last decade to meet the needs of the County’s growing population.

County government has supported the expansion of the local economy by designating Economic Development Zones along the County’s major travel corridors. Diverse companies have found success here and range from high tech and medical equipment manufacturing, to commercial greenhouses, antique shops and plastic toy manufacturers.

County Leaders Plan for a Strong Economic Future

In January 2019, Elbert County passed amendments to the Elbert County Zoning Regulations to facilitate implementation of the goals and policies of the recently adopted (April, 2018) Elbert County Comprehensive Plan Update, and to promote economic activity and commercial growth along primary Elbert County roadway corridors.

The amendments “fast track” the process to open a commercial business if the land falls within the predefined corridors. These overlay corridors are located along I-70, CO-86 near Kiowa and Elizabeth, Ute Ave. north of Kiowa, US-24 near Simla, US-40 and Colorado Road 153.

Elbert County is a great place to live and work, with elected leaders who are committed to helping local businesses – and the economy – grow. The County has built a strong foundation for the future and uses a strategic approach that outlines goals for the next decade to help businesses and the community thrive.

View the County’s Strategic Plan and unique economic development initiatives online at

Business Resources
Looking to start or relocate your business in Elbert County? The County partners with a variety of organizations to support economic development and provide assistance to businesses.

• Community and Development Services
• Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce
• Kiowa Merchants Association
• Prairie Development Corporation
• Small Business Development Center (SBDC)