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Frederick saw 400 new jobs in past year

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By Ben Wiebesiek

FREDERICK — The Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual “State of the Chamber” luncheon Jan. 16, and Frederick had several accomplishment to tout for the last year.

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Town Administrator Matthew LeCerf, who joined Frederick in 2012, said there were many town successes in 2013.

 

“We had over 200 new single-family permits come in last year, we had four commercial businesses and, in total, there were 400 new jobs created in 2013 in the Frederick area,” LeCerf said. “So that’s a positive thing for the community.”

LeCerf doesn’t see economic growth in Carbon Valley as a zero-sum game; growth in one community, such as Frederick, can benefit Dacono and Firestone as well.

“It’s a partnership, and it can certainly be competitive, but there is a realization that we all benefit from one another in what we do,” LeCerf said.

While 2013 was a good year for the town on the economic development front, LeCerf described the flooding last September was one of the town’s biggest challenges.

“We are in the process of finishing our last emergency road repair right now,” LeCerf said. “That’s at Weld County Road. We’re hoping to get that completed by the first weekend of February.”

The Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce announced a new event, a chamber beer fest, to be held Aug. 16 in Frederick this year. While the name for the event is still being drafted, LeCerf said Frederick was excited to host.

“We’re pleased to be a partner with the chamber and the beer festival,” LeCerf said.

Turning to 2014, LeCerf sees no reason for Frederick’s growth to slow down this year.

“We expect between 200 and 300 single-family permits next year,” LeCerf said. “From the commercial standpoint, we’ve got a lot of the components in place. We’ve created an urban renewal authority. We’re doing that responsibly in terms of making sure that we’re not taking advantage of the system.”

LeCerf said there might be bills introduced during the state’s General Assembly looking to curb the power of urban renewal authorities.

“So we’re trying to be responsible and there’s an advocated program to meet with the legislature about that,” LeCerf said.

Speaking to the chamber members, LeCerf highlighted the many ways businesses can be partners on the town’s events.

“We have the Miners Day festival, we’ll have the balloon flights, we’ll have the beer festival, the farmers market, Downtown Sounds,” LeCerf said. “We actually have a building right now, which we’re advertising for lease, which is our bank building downtown. So if you know of anybody looking to establish themselves, please have them come see us.”

 

Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.