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Posted on: December 12, 2022

Message from Community and Economic Development Director Rachael Marchbanks

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Greetings from Cortez, Colorado – a friendly, welcoming community that thrives on a love of the outdoors. Why else would we be the home of Osprey packs? We think that you, your business, and your employees will find it an engaging, open, and exceptional location providing the satisfaction and quality of life that many businesses are looking for when relocating or starting fresh. 

Surrounded by the scenic high desert on the Colorado Plateau on one side, snowcapped mountains on the north and east, and the high mesa of Mesa Verde National Park on the south, plus the fish-filled Dolores River and pristine lakes, the City of Cortez is located in the heart of Ancestral Puebloan culture of southwest Colorado. Our community thrives in the center of these tremendous natural and recreational resources, and is committed to cultivating a welcoming, business-friendly environment.

Cortez is strategically positioned so businesses can access and serve the global economy. We are home to the Cortez Municipal Airport which is served by the regional commercial air service provider Denver Air Connection. Conveniently located, Cortez has highway transportation options to Phoenix, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, and Denver. As the telecommunications center for the region, Cortez offers world class telecommunications and high-capacity fiber optic options. The City of Cortez and its regional and state economic development partners work in concert to make it easy for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as large companies, to discover our local resources and establish healthy foundations for success.

Not only does Cortez offer diverse regional attributes, but it is also a tight-knit community actively supported by its residents. While we are a regional home to well-known brands like Osprey, Alpacka Raft, and Tuffy Security Products, we equally embrace smaller locally owned area businesses from across all industries like Muscanell Millworks, Aspen Wood Products, and Reflections in Metal. The Cortez City Council continues to work diligently to foster an environment that encourages business growth and profitability.

I invite you to evaluate the Cortez community as a place to grow your business. For more detailed information on what our community has to offer, contact the Cortez Economic Development Office at 970-564-4046. 


Rachael Marchbanks, Community and Economic Development Director

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