Town Of Lyons

Lyons Voted “Small Community Of The Year”

The Economic Development Commission of Colorado recently awarded Lyons the “Small Community of the Year Award” for demonstrating economic development support, planning, and investing in long term development, and initiating special projects and strategies to sustain and grow their business community; made up of almost one hundred percent small businesses.

“Two  initiatives, the Lyons Economic Gardening Group, and the Economic Development Commission’s “Revolving Loan Fund,” put roughly $80,000 into the hands of Lyons’ businesses that were hurt the hardest  by an eight-week evacuation from town following September’s devastating floods,” said Jacque Watson, Town of Lyons Economic Development and Community Relations Manager.

Innovative development strategies are a necessity of being small and having limited resources, and Lyons is undertaking the kinds of actions that make the difference. For Lyons, the Economic Gardening Group and the Revolving Loan Fund, both implemented by Mayor John O’Brien, when he was President of the Lyons Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the EDC, nurtures the businesses already in town, as opposed to the traditional courting of outside industries with incentives; often referred to as, “Smokestack Chasing” or “Economic Hunting.

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