The San Luis Valley Development Resources Group is known for our innovative approach to both economic and community self-development projects.
Our mission is to promote and facilitate economic development programs that create jobs, improve income, and maintain our quality of life in the San Luis Valley.
SLVDRG has served the six counties of the region – Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache – since 1994. We are governed by a board of directors comprised of representatives from local government and the private sector.
SLVDRG is the recognized by Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs as the planning agency for State Planning Region 8, which encompasses the six counties of the region.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration has designated the region as an Economic Development District with SLVDRG as the certified planning agency.
Among the programs administered by SLVDRG are:
- San Luis Valley Business Loan Fund – provides financing for business expansion, retention and start-up.
- San Luis Valley Enterprise Zone – state tax incentives that encourage businesses to locate and expand by offering up to nine tax credits that encourage job creation and investment.
- Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) – illustrates the economic development vision of the region and is one of the Valley’s most frequently referenced documents for demographics and statistics.
- Business Expansion and Relocation Assistance – provides businesses with first contact to local governments and organization, liaison with state and federal agencies, community information, and site identification and assessment.
- Transportation Planning – transportation planning with the Colorado Department of Transportation is coordinated through the San Luis Valley Transportation Planning Region and administered by SLVDRG.
As a regional organization, SLVDRG serves as a home for other organizations, providing personnel and administrative support to further their mission:
- San Luis Valley Council of Governments
- San Luis Valley Community Action Agency
- San Luis Valley Great Outdoors
- San Luis Valley Transportation Planning Region
- San Luis Valley Regional Transit Council
Staff Contact: Kevin Wilkins, Executive Director