Adams County is a growing county in the Denver metro region, with an abundance of land development opportunities that are unparalleled within the region. The county is ideally located at the crossroads of the metro region’s transportation network, which provides businesses and residents convenient access to I-25, I-70, I-270, and I-76. Adams County also completely surrounds Denver International Airport (DIA), connecting it to the global transportation network.
Adams County has a current population of approximately 490,000 residents. The county’s population is projected to double between 2010 and 2040. The RTD FasTracks program is under construction within Adams County, and when the new transit lines open in 2017 and 2018, this project will bring 11 new mass transit stations to the county’s residents and businesses. In order to support and encourage economic growth throughout the county, Adams County considers economic development a strategic priority.
Economic Development Division
This division has the following areas of focus:
- Continuous improvement of the development review process
- Guidance and assistance within the review process for development projects
- The creation and implementation of neighborhood economic development strategies
- Providing support and assistance for small business development in unincorporated Adams County
The county also partners with Adams County Economic Development (ACED), which is a 501(c)(6) private, nonprofit agency that provides economic development services throughout Adams County.
Other economic development partners include the Regional Advancement Partnership, the North Metro Small Business Development Center, the Eastern Colorado Small Business Development Center, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, and the various municipal economic development organizations and chambers of commerce within the county.
For more information about economic development at Adams County, please contact:
Max Daffron, Economic Development Administrator
Community & Economic Development Department
720.523.6820 | Email
2017 Small Business Appreciation Breakfast
Around 100 people attended Adams County’s Small Business Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Government Center in Brighton. With the theme of “Rising to Meet the Challenge,” the county hosted the breakfast to thank small businesses and the people who work for them for their contributions to the Adams County economy.
Those who attended had the opportunity to network with each other and access resources for small businesses. The breakfast was highlighted by a panel featuring three Adams County small business owners – Bryan Smith of Legacy Teledata Services, Sean Martin of Donek Snowboards, and Ryan Evans of Bruz Beers – who shared the stories of how they got started, discussed their challenges and successes, and answered questions from the audience. Learn more about their businesses in the videos below.
The breakfast was organized by the Community and Economic Development Department, which offers resources for existing and future small businesses in Adams County.