Castle Rock Supports Business Development
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Castle Rock, CO, remains one of the best places to live and start a business in in Colorado. The town’s appeal can be credited in part to its beautiful location, highly-educated residents and close proximity to Denver and Colorado Springs. The town’s business-friendly environment and multitude of business assistance programs also play a key role in its attractiveness to businesses, both large and small.
According to the Castle Rock Economic Development Council (EDC), the Town of Castle Rock’s goals for future growth include:
- Becoming a free-standing, self-sufficient community
- Creating regional draws that bring revenue to the community
- Preserving and enhancing downtown Castle Rock
- Encouraging high-quality non-residential development
An Ideal Place to Start a Business
Marcus Notheisen, Executive Vice President of the Castle Rock EDC, says the town’s amenities, demographics and favorable regulatory environment makes it one of Colorado’s best places to start or locate a business. Castle Rock is on the I-25 corridor in the south Denver metropolitan area. Its small-town charm combined with its easy access to nearby metro areas makes it a popular community with well-educated professionals.
Notheisen reports that as the town has grown, it has intentionally developed amenities that make it attractive to residents and businesses. These include a well-developed park and open space program, a historical downtown with unique restaurants and retail stores, a strong urban planning program, a well-regarded public-school system, excellent local healthcare and local higher education opportunities.
The town has experienced a surge in growth over the years. Once a sleepy western town of about 5,000 residents, today Castle Rock has a population of nearly 75,000 people and is one of the fastest growing communities in Colorado.
Notheisen says the community’s growth is making it essential to attract businesses that will not only expand the town’s business footprint, but employ local residents. Currently, about 80 percent of the town’s residents commute to jobs in the Denver Tech Center or other locations in Denver.
“We want to shrink the number of residents who commute,” Notheisen says. “To do this we’re actively working to support projects that offer high-quality employment for local residents.”
Business Support Programs Abound
The community has taken an active role in creating business development programs. The EDC works in partnership with the town and county governments, the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Alliance to offer support for businesses that locate in the community.
The EDC’s small business assistance programs include a Business Retention and Expansion Program that provides small businesses with a wealth of expertise in banking, bookkeeping, marketing, technology, human resources and other topics.
All information and services are available for little or no cost to established businesses and start-ups located in Castle Rock.
The Castle Rock Economic Development Council’s web site has a complete listing of the programs and services available to local businesses along with demographic information about Castle Rock and Douglas County.
Building the Future
Miller’s Landing is happy to be a part of this dynamic and supportive business environment. We’re creating a 65-acre mixed use commercial development. It will include a dynamic, pedestrian-friendly town center supported by a mix of modern office spaces, a resort hotel and spa, exciting retail and dining/entertainment options. Miller’s Landing will also feature conference and meeting facilities, ample, well-planned open space and easy access to downtown and the region’s premier outdoor recreation area via a multimodal path system.
Businesses and visitors at Miller’s Landing will also have access to its digital interconnectivity infrastructure. The infrastructure will feature smart city technology and will be built into the development from day one.
We’re excited about Castle Rock’s future. Miller’s Landing will enhance the town’s well-deserved reputation as one of the best places to locate your business in Colorado. Join us as we build the future together.