About the Region

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Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG, Region 12), is located just west of the Front Range in the northwest portion of Colorado and includes the counties of Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin and Summit. NWCCOG is the region designated by the State of Colorado as State Planning and Management Region 12. It is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The region is bordered in the east by the Continental Divide, in the north by Wyoming, to the west by Garfield County, and to the south by the Elk Mountain Range in Pitkin County.

The region is special because of its rural character and tourism-oriented economy. A main section of the region has I-70 running through it, the state’s main east-west transportation corridor. This enhances the proximity of the region to Denver/Front Range metropolitan communities, and Grand Junction. This proximity to a large metropolitan area has contributed greatly to the region’s popularity as a mountain recreational area.

The region’s economy has transformed over time from a combination of mining and agriculture in its early history (1800s) to recreational tourism today. The quality of life, the mix of local businesses, a skilled workforce, a beautiful natural setting, and the international name recognition provided by world-class ski resorts are invaluable underpinnings unique to the region’s economy.

>> REGION 12 STRATEGIC SUMMARY (from the Colorado Blueprint)

Our Counties

Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) is located in the northwest portion Colorado just west of the Front Range, and includes the counties of Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin and Summit. It is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and is characterized by its mountainous terrain and very high overall altitude.

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Key Industries

The State of Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) has identified 14 key industries for the State. Each key industry contains the NAICS codes associated with that industry. Some NAICS codes are counted in multiple key industries.

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Economic Data

We compiled some quick stats on our region’s economy and economic overviews for each county.

>> Read more about our Regional Economic Data