Business appreciation.


With smaller populations in Eastern Colorado counties--estimates from the State Demography Office for 2014 show 133,611 total population in the 15 easternmost counties --local leaders say every new business is celebrated. Economic development folks are happy to mention a new tractor supply, farm and ranch store, or truck stop coming to town.

Yet, the Eastern Plains are home to a wide variety of steady companies such as: Innovative Water Technologies in Rocky Ford that develops solar-powered water purification systems; Eastern Colorado Seeds headguartered in Burlington with 30 full-time employees; DeBourgh Manufacturing with 80 year-round employees building storage lockers; family-owned Wisdom Rides with 50 year-round...

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