Through the cooperation and support of local leaders and organizations, the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation is monitoring the deployment of additional broadband (Internet connectivity) throughout Chaffee County by Colorado Central Telecom. Colorado Central Telecom, aka Chaffee County Telecom, is in the midst of broadband deployment countywide, including to two key businesses, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort and Monarch Mountain. Increased and effective Internet connectivity has been a primary focus of the CCEDC for more than a year.
Although Chaffee County is served by a number of providers, Central Colorado Telecom will offer an additional “middle-mile” provider. The focus of this new provider will be to offer “last mile” connectivity to underserved and unserved areas of Chaffee County, as well as offering “redundancy” to crucial businesses and anchor institutions. In simple terms, “middle mile” refers to the connection to the Internet, and “last mile” refers to the connection from the Internet to the business or the home. Century Link has been the main “middle mile” service provider up until this point.
The CCEDC, which was formed more than three years ago, is made up of more than two-dozen business “investors.” The CCEDC’s mission is “to assure that Chaffee County is ‘Open for Business,’ and to retain, expand, and create jobs.” Adding affordable, abundant and redundant broadband throughout Chaffee County, allowing businesses to start or expand, has been a goal of the CCEDC for more than a year. In addition, it coincides with Gov. Hickenlooper’s Colorado Blueprint goal of “Cultivating Innovation and Technology.”
The CCEDC created and worked with a Local Technology Planning Team made up of interested individuals and representatives of “anchor” institutions, which include government, schools, the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center, libraries and businesses. Now that additional broadband is going to be available in Chaffee County, the CCEDC has turned its attention to developing an effective workforce for employers. The CCEDC has been working with the school districts, strategic employers, Colorado Mountain College and the Colorado Workforce Center to improve the skills of the existing workforce.
Those wishing to support the CCEDC can inquire about membership, become involved with the formation of a chapter of the Service Corp of Retired Executives (S.C.O.R.E.), which helps mentor businesses, and/or join a LinkedIn Group, which serves as a clearinghouse for business development and job growth throughout Chaffee County.
If you are interested in learning more about the LinkedIn Group and S.C.O.R.E., please contact the CCEDC at (719)239-2018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.