A skilled workforce

Nestled along I-70 in Western Colorado’s bustling Colorado River Valley, Battlement Mesa, Parachute, Rifle, Silt and New Castle, are of those few lucky places populated by a skilled workforce with an exceptional standard of life. Traditionally a western valley in every sense of the word, Western Garfield County’s municipalities are supported and surrounded by a pro-growth demographic who know and support the realm of business opportunity in the region. With major employers in healthcare, education, construction, and oil and gas, the area has grown from charming western cities and towns to main players shaping the economic future of the Western Slope. Looking toward new investments in a concert approach of oil and gas and clean energy expansion, as well as new business and commercial opportunities, Western Garfield County is poised at an enviable position for all facets of development.

Combined with underemployment, a low cost of doing business, and a strong quality of life, Western Colorado residents have a reputation for being a skilled, strong, and committed workforce. In addition, Western Garfield County has a regime of contemporary training programs, apprenticeships, and higher education opportunities that continue to meet our region’s business, industry, and development needs.

Rig workers

Photo credit: Ryan Mackley