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Rural Jump Start Program

The Rural Jump Start Program is a great opportunity for new or expanding businesses to grow and succeed in Routt County. This program is part of a statewide effort to spur employment and grow rural economies in Colorado. As a qualifying startup or expanding business, you are not only eligible for expansive tax credits, but you will gain access to a powerful support network through our close-knit business community and your local academic partner, Colorado Mesa University.

Program Overview

The Rural Jump-Start Zone program (based on Senate Bill 15-282) is a tax relief program for new businesses and new hires who locate into certain designated areas called Jump-Start zones. The program offers the following benefits:

  • Relief from state income taxes for the new business
  • Relief from the state sales & use tax for the new business
  • Relief from county and municipal business personal property tax for the new business
  • Relief from state income taxes for the employee


This program is jointly administered by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC), and the Colorado Department of Revenue. The following counties are eligible to participate in the program: Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, Las Animas, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Rio Blanco, San Juan.

Program Structure

This program is a joint effort between institutes of higher education, counties, municipalities, businesses and employees.

Institutes of Higher Education

The institutes of higher education (IHE's) are the two and four year public colleges in Colorado, as well as certain specialty schools. The IHE's play a key role in this program, as every business that applies to the program must apply through an IHE and be endorsed by that IHE. The IHE's have are associated with specific counties, so not every IHE can work in every zone.

Colorado Mountain College will connect you to the best and brightest in Routt County. Source skilled employees. Take advantage of programs like the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center. Tap into the business and technology skill-set at CMC.

Counties

In order to participate in this program, a county must be designated as economically distressed by the EDC. Having been so designated, the county must pass a resolution to offer tax relief. The list of counties and eligible IHE’s is published on the web page.

Municipalities

In order to participate in this program, a municipality must first be located in a county that has passed a resolution to participate. Furthermore, the municipality must pass a resolution to participate as well. No municipality can be forced to participate in the program, and a municipality is not enrolled in the program simple because its county is.

Businesses

A business that wishes to participate in this program must be a new business that is locating into the Jump-Start zone. Furthermore, the business must apply to the IHE and be endorsed by the IHE.

Employees

Employees who wish to participate in the program must be working for a business that has been approved by the EDC. Employees must be making at least the county median wage, and must work for the new business for six months to receive benefits.

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The Economic Development Council at the Steamboat Springs Chamber is your business resource for Routt County. This is your gateway to the local business community and can help you discover the right location, the best talent and all of the incentives available to you and your business.


 

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All applications for participation in Rural Jump-Start will be submitted via a formal online process, reviewed by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), and will require approval by the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC). Anyone wishing for information about the Rural Jump-Start program should contact Ken Jensen at OEDIT at 303-892-3743, https://choosecolorado.com/doing-business/incentives-financing/rural-jump-start-program/


 

Current Participants

Below is a list of Routt County's current participants in the Rural Jump Start Program:

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