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DACONO — 2013 was a good year for the city in terms of economic development, and Dacono is looking to continue this trend into 2014.
Residential building permits increased almost 500 percent from 2012 to 2013 said Dacono City Administrator A.J. Euckert speaking at the Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon Jan. 16.
“And we’ve seen a very significant increase in projected residential building permits this year as well,” Euckert said. “The commercial interest along I-25 and State Highway 52 continues to pick up. We have people stopping in all the time talking about potential projects.”
But Euckert said there were challenges inherent in the growing commercial interest in the city.
“There is a lack of available commercial space,” Euckert said. “A lot of people want to locate in the area, but they don’t want to build from ground up.”
Euckert said that the rapid growth of new medical facilities in the area, including the 36,000-square-foot Indian Peaks Medical Center on State Highway 52, would lead to a greater demand for related goods and services in the surrounding community.
“Those will certainly attract more retail as more people visit those [medical centers] they’ll need more services,” Euckert said.
The city also embarked on a marketing campaign to highlight the unique industries and activities that have clustered in Dacono.
“We had a ‘Got Dirt?’ campaign that we publicized about a year and a half ago,” Euckert said. “We promoted our extreme sports businesses: Colorado National Speedway, IMI Motorsports, the BMX track, and Blitz Paintball.”
The BMX track is maintained through a joint operation between the city and the Carbon Valley Recreation District.
“Speaking of BMX, we’re proud to notice that we’ll have the Mile High Nationals back in Dacono, and that’s a three-day event, Aug. 1, 2, and 3,” Euckert said. “We’ll work closely with the Rec District as that draws people from all over the western United States.”
Dacono BMX is one of 29 national stops on the 2014 USA BMX National Schedule.
“And Aug. 2 is also our annual Carbon Valley Music and Spirits Festival,” Euckert said.
The festival, hosted by Dacono, combines spirit tastings, a beer garden and live music. Severe weather cancelled the event in 2013.
“We’re setting up an urban renewal authority, like other communities, that will help process extra funding sources,” Euckert said. “And we have a businesses assistance program that’s not only for new businesses coming into the area, but also for existing businesses as well. There’s a specific set of criteria that are required for that, but it’s offered universally to everybody, big or small, new or existing.”
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