Encore Colorado Regional Center
Encore Colorado Regional Center, LLC offers investment opportunities in twenty two (22) counties in the state of Colorado.
Geography and Climate
Colorado is notable for its diverse geography, ranging from alpine mountains, arid plains and deserts with huge sand dunes, deep canyons, sandstone and granite rock formations, rivers, lakes, and lush forests.
The climate of Colorado is more complex than states outside of the Mountain States region. Unlike most other states, southern Colorado is not always warmer than northern Colorado. Most of Colorado is made up of mountains, foothills, high plains, and desert lands. Mountains and surrounding valleys greatly affect local climate.
Area: 104,094 square miles (2000)
Elevation: Highest Point is Mount Elbert at 14,440 ft, Mean is 6,800 ft and the Lowest Point is Arikaree River at 3,317 ft.
The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Colorado was 5,268,367 on July 1, 2013, a 4.8% increase since the 2010 United States Census. Colorado’s most populous city, and capital, is Denver. The Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area with an estimated 2011 population of 3,157,520 has 61.90% of the state’s residents.
The largest increases are expected in the Front Range Urban Corridor, especially in the Denver metropolitan area. The state’s fastest-growing counties are Douglas and Weld. The center of population of Colorado is located just north of the village of Critchell in Jefferson County.
CNBC’s list of “Top States for Business for 2010” has recognized Colorado as the third best state in the nation, falling short to only Texas and Virginia.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that the total state product in 2010 was $257.6 billion. Per capita personal income in 2010 was $51,940, ranking Colorado 11th in the nation. The state’s economy broadened from its mid-19th century roots in mining when irrigated agriculture developed, and by the late 19th century, raising livestock had become important. Early industry was based on the extraction and processing of minerals and agricultural products. Current agricultural products are cattle, wheat, dairy products, corn, and hay.
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is the state education agency of Colorado. It is headquartered in Denver.
As a dynamic service agency, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) provides leadership, resources, support, and accountability to the state’s 178 school districts, 1,818 schools, close to 50,000 teachers and over 2800 administrators to help them build capacity to meet the needs of the state’s approximately 860,000 public school students. CDE also provides services and support to boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES), early learning centers, state correctional schools, facility schools, the state’s libraries, adult/family literacy centers, and General Education Development (GED) testing centers reaching learners of all ages.
Travel and Tourism
Visitors from across the world flock to Colorado each year for its breathtaking natural beauty and outdoor recreation. One of the state’s largest attractions is Rocky Mountain National Park, home to lakes, mountains and a myriad of wildlife. Rocky Mountain National Park offers hiking, swimming, horseback riding, and fishing opportunities in the summer as well as an array of winter sports including cross-country skiing in the winter. Other frequently visited national parks include Pikes National Forest, Mesa Verde National Park, Gunnison National Park, and the famed Garden of the Gods. Denver, the capital of the state, also offers a variety of activities for travelers including the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Coors Field, Sports Authority Field, the Denver Museum of Art, the Denver Zoo, and the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art.