About NWCCOG / Our Region / Regional Assets

The Northwest Colorado Region is rich with assets.  Here is a summary of what our region has to offer those who live, work, and visit here.

Natural Beauty
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Open Spaces
  • Lakes and Rivers
  • Clean air and water
Outdoor Recreational Opportunities
  • Public Lands: USFS; BLM
  • Internationally-Known Ski Areas
  • Lakes and Rivers
  • Trail System
  • 14,000 foot peaks
  • Endless opportunities for outdoor recreation: mountain biking, hiking, rafting, hunting, fishing, skiing (downhill and xc), boating, paddle boarding, kayaking
Higher-Ed Resources
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Vail Centre University Programs
  • CU On-Line Programs
Healthcare Facilities
  • Hospitals: Vail Valley Medical Center; St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center; Aspen Valley Hospital; Middle Park Medical Center
  • Shaw Regional Cancer Center
  • Stedman-Hawkins Clinic
  • Vail Summit Orthopedics
  • Primary Care: Centura Health; Kaiser Permanente; Colorado Mountain Medical
Arts & Cultural Amenities
  • Lake Dillon Theatre – Silverthorne
  • Lake Dillon Amphitheater
  • Villar Center for the Arts
  • Lake Dillon Theatre Company
  • Backstage Theatre
  • Aspen Ballet
  • Other
  • Other
  • Other

Natural Assets / Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

The natural environment - majestic mountains, beautiful rivers and lakes, abundant sunshine, clean air, scenic vistas, abundant open spaces, and public lands - is one of the biggest economic draws for Region 12 and has made it a highly desirable tourism destination that attracts people from across the country and around the world. Region 12 depends on the natural beauty and healthy functioning of the environment to attract tourism to the area. The protection of the region’s natural resources also ensures that those investing here part time, living here full time, or visiting here short term have a certain quality of life that is not offered elsewhere.

Key Natural Assets of the Region (link to page)

Human Capital

The region has a very highly-educated population. Four out of five of our counties rank higher than Colorado and the U.S. in terms of the percentage of the population aged 25+ who have a bachelor's degree or more.  In fact, those four counties rank within the top 200 counties in the nation (out of 3,142 counties across the country) in terms of educational attainment.

Educational Attainment: NWCCOG's region

  % Pop. 25+
with a BA degree or More
Rank in the U.S.
(out of 3,142 counties)
Eagle County 47.3% 53
Grand County 36.3% 196
Jackson County 17.5% 1,641
Pitkin County 56.4% 11
Summit County 48.1% 48
Colorado 30.6%  
U.S. 29.3%  

Educational Assets

Colorado Mountain College

STEM Programs

Community Assets

Healthcare - Region 12 has a well-developed healthcare system, which will serve to position the region in a good economic position particularly due to the aging of the population. The region has three Level III trauma centers, and a plethora of advanced healthcare services including the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Eagle County, state of the art orthopedics and sports medicine, birthing centers, cardiopulmonary services, surgical intensive care, cardiovascular services, digital mammography, MRI and other diagnostic testing capabilities, and 24-hour emergency care. The access to these healthcare services are extremely important to the economy of the region in that it alleviates the need to travel to other regions to obtain these services. Further, it creates jobs in the healthcare field, a sector on the rise most likely due to the aging of the population. For these reasons, the region is more attractive to retirees. Also, good access to healthcare is essential to keeping the region’s workforce healthy, and one of the one of the keys to economic development is having a good, healthy workforce. A healthy workforce is a productive one.

Healthcare Hospitals
Air Service Airports
Recreation Facilitiies Recreation Centers
Ice Rinks

Regional Airports
  • Eagle County Regional Airport
  • Aspen Pitkin County Airport
  • Kremmling Airport

Cultural Assets

The region is rich with cultural assets. Here is summary of what each county has to offer:
Eagle County

Grand County

Jackson County

Pitkin County

Summit County


Entrepreneurial Assets

The NWCCOG region is budding with entreprenuial spirit.  Our region is attractive to entrepreneurs in all demographic groups: from young, energetic millenials to baby-boomers seeking to start encore careers and start new busineses.

Here are some of the assets available in our region to entrepreneurs:

Co-Working Spaces

The Northwest Loan Fund

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