Work in Grand

Grand County Economic Development has built partnerships and collaboration among the key anchor employers and organizations to support the workforce through increased communication and improved services.  The goal is to bring people to Grand County and keep them in the community through housing incentives, employment options, social services, and community involvement.  Work In Grand was launched in 2019 as a portal with a tool that can be used to help our workforce find what they need.  Employment options, housing opportunities, local resources and events, and more are all available.

Extensive and updated data about jobs, housing, resources and events can be found on this web portal. This information is organized by location and category to ease your search.nsive and updated data about jobs, housing, resources and events can be found on this web portal. This information is organized by location and category to ease your search.


Space to Create

Affordable Housing and Co-Working Space.

Grand County has been awarded the "Space to Create" program.  This is the first state-driven initiative for affordable housing for artists and creative sector workers in the nation. Our mission is to develop affordable housing and workspace, including commercial space, for artists and arts organizations and to position Colorado as the nation’s leader in artist-led community transformation in rural communities.  Partners include Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, ArtSpace Consulting, Boettcher Foundation, and the Town of Grand Lake.

Already completed: Market Study and Feasibility Study.  

Currently: Pre-Development Stage projected completion in 2021 

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The Grand Lake Heart & Soul Project.

Something GRAND in Grand Lake

Community Heart & Soul®, made possible by the Orton Family Foundation (, which was founded in 1995 by Lyman Orton, has the mission to improve local decision-making, create a shared sense of belonging, and ultimately strengthen the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of each place.

“Guided by what matters most” is the motto for Community Heart & Soul®, with three principles for success: Involve Everyone, Focus on What Matters, and Play the Long Game.

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Grand Lake Creative District

Infusing Creativity and Innovation

The Grand Lake Creative District is building a creative space facility in Grand Lake.  This facility will invite artists, creatives, educators, art administrators to keep the cultural practices of the region alive.  It will be an affordable space to live and work, create, practice, and share with the public year-round.  If you are creative in the region, please complete the survey below to help guide the creative space initiative.  

Two years in the making, Ken Fucik of the Wood Boat School is leading the effort with help from several community members and county visionaries.

For more information on the Creative District process or to get involved contact DiAnn Butler at 970-531-1343.


Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism

Recipients of 2019 Colorado Tourism CRAFT 101 and 201 Grant

The Grand County Historical, Tourism and Economic Development have partnered together and are excited to announce that we have received the 2019 Colorado Tourism CRAFT 101 and 201 Grant. CRAFT stands for Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism and was founded to offer training and support for rural economic development through creation and branding of new and or enhanced traveler experiences. Current work includes assessment of assets and guide materials and areas for potential development.


Homegrown Talent Initiative

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The Homegrown Talent Initiative is a statewide partnership that supports regional cohorts of communities to create homegrown, career-connected learning experiences for K-12 students aligned to the needs and aspirations of their local economies. Through facilitated technical assistance, coaching, and asset mapping, communities are building homegrown opportunity pathways to serve the unique needs of students, families, schools, business, and industry. Homegrown Talent Initiative is facilitated by Colorado Succeeds and the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), and supported by the Daniels Fund, Walton Family Foundation, Gill Foundation, Adolph Coors Foundation, and El Pomar Foundation. 


Grand Enterprise Initiative

Supports New and Existing Businesses

The Grand Enterprise Initiative supports new and existing businesses in Grand County. We provide free and confidential business coaching to anyone that wants to improve their existing business or start a new business.

Get started working with us today and make your business dreams a reality. Contact our Enterprise Facilitator Patrick Brower by phone (970) 531-0632.