Key Industries

raftingThe State of Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) has identified 14 key industries for the State. The top 5 for the NWCCOG Region, in terms of number of jobs, are as follow:

Tourism & Outdoor Recreation

The outdoor industry touches nearly every spectrum of the country’s economy, including product development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and public land management as well as the service and tourism industries that support vacationers pursuing outdoor fun.

  • Study: Colorado River, Inc. : The $26 Billion Recreation Resource Employing a Quarter Million Americans

Colorado Wedding PhotographersHealth & Wellness

This broad-based industry is made up of traditional and alternative health care, fitness, outdoor recreation, natural foods, health information technology and research initiatives. The region’s health and wellness industry is positioned for continued growth. A number of new market-based incentives focus on prevention and wellness and other efforts are aimed at increasing the number of people with health insurance. Health care providers, public health leaders, educators and employers are paying more attention to obesity reduction and chronic disease prevention. Dramatic demographic shifts spell potential as well. The health and wellness industry is preparing for the anticipated “Silver Tsunami” of seniors. Caring for the increasing numbers of these aging Baby Boomers will require a heightened emphasis on controlling costs to save money and provide the best value for both taxpayers and consumers.

gorerangeartisansgroup_grouphoto.jpegCreative Industries

NWCCOG’s 5 counties are leaders in the creative industries, which include six primary creative sectors: design, film and media, literary and publishing, performing arts, visual arts and crafts, and heritage. With its existing ecosystem of creative entrepreneurs, arts and cultural nonprofits, media and entertainment businesses, and a community college system that encourages creativity and innovation, the region’s creative industries are well-positioned to grow and continue to help our regional economy thrive.

Artists and creative professionals are a major workforce asset for our region, as over half of all artists have received at least a bachelor’s degree. The entrepreneurial spirit of our region is especially strong in creative professionals, who are 3.5 times more likely than the total U.S. workforce to be self-employed. And there is a close connection between art and technology, with one in three artists working in the professional, scientific, and technical services sectors.

Eagle County
Art in Vail
Vilar Performing Arts Center

Grand County
Grand Creatives
Gore Range Artisans Group
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre

Pitkin County
The Red Brick Arts
Wheeler Opera House

Summit County
Breckenridge Arts District
Lake Dillon Theatre Company

Financial Services


Infrastructure Engineering

Below are reports for each key industry which provide more detail on the U.S. industries (NAICS codes) that make up each of those industries. This list is in order of number of jobs in each industry in NWCCOG’s Region – largest to smallest:

Tourism & Outdoor Recreation

Health & Wellness

Financial Services

Creative Industries

Infrastructure Engineering

Transportation & Logistics

Food & Agriculture

Energy & Natural Resources

Technology & Information

Advanced Manufacturing





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