Helping Businesses Start, Grow and Thrive in Boulder

The city's Economic Vitality Program encourages innovation, entrepreneurship and economic opportunity while preserving community character and quality of life.

Boulder's economic vitality efforts recognize the importance of a strong economy to overall quality of life and focus on promoting a diverse and dynamic economy where residents and businesses grow and succeed together. Community Vitality Department staff works with other city departments and partner organizations to implement goals outlined in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan to maintain a sustainable and resilient economy and strategies to:

  • Foster an environment for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Support a wide range of businesses and industries
  • Cultivate a skilled and diverse workforce
  • Advance financial security, economic opportunity and social equity for all

Economic Vitality Services

Community Vitality staff support economic sustainability in alignment with community goals by:

  • Providing information and connections to resources
  • Serving as a primary point of contact for businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Monitoring business, industry and economic trends
  • Developing and implementing business retention, retail and other economic vitality strategies
  • Managing business incentive and financial assistance programs
  • Cultivating strategic partnerships for redevelopment and revitalization
  • Participating in local, regional and state economic initiatives
  • Contributing insight and perspective in policy discussions

Business Information and Assistance

Community Vitality staff maintain information about resources and programs available to Boulder businesses.

Economic Vitality Initiatives

Community Vitality staff play a lead role in projects to support economic sustainability and resilience. Examples include:

  • Affordable Commercial project to develop programs to address rising commercial occupancy costs
  • Citywide Retail Project to pursue retail-related goals of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan
  • COVID-19 Business Impact Studies on the pandemic's impact on local businesses
  • COVID-19 Small Business programs including grants to small businesses and nonprofits
  • Downtown Retail Vibrancy Study to identify opportunities for enhancing retail in downtown Boulder
  • Primary Employer Study and other research to gain insight into business needs and challenges
  • Small Business Support project to identify opportunities for enhancing support for small businesses

More information can be found in related documents listed below.

The healthy lifestyle (we take lunch hour mountain bike rides in Valmont Bike Park), the beautiful scenery, and the environmental stance of the community not only created the ideal atmosphere for HEAD employees, it matches the ethos of HEAD as a company. Our employees are happier, the environment is blossoming, and our business is booming since we moved to Boulder.

- Kevin Kempin, President & CEO of HEAD North America