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Is your business leaving money on the table?

Is your business leaving money on the table?

If your business is helping drive local economic development by creating and/or retaining jobs in an Enterprise Zone, you may be eligible for Enterprise Zone tax credits.

10 Questions to Ask Yourself

Are you…

  • Making an investment in equipment or improvements?
  • Hiring employees?
  • Operating in an enhanced rural zone?
  • Adding value to agricultural commodities?
  • Sponsoring health insurance for your employees?
  • Planning to occupy a previously vacant building?
  • Providing job training?
  • Making private expenditures on R+D?
  • Purchasing manufacturing machinery, machine tools, and machine parts?
  • Considering local government tax incentives?

Are you located in…

  • Delta*, Hinsdale*, Montrose, and Ouray* counties: All incorporated and unincorporated areas.
  • Gunnison County: All incorporated and unincorporated areas, except in the Town of Crested Butte where only zoned commercial, business, tourist, or PUD are included.
  • San Miguel County: All incorporated and unincorporated areas, except in the town of Telluride.

*Delta, Hinsdale, and Ouray counties are Enhanced Rural Enterprise Zones and offer larger tax credits to businesses that apply.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re leaving money on the table!

Call today to find out how your business can benefit from Enterprise Zone tax credits

and learn how to save money on your Colorado income taxes.  Preregistration required.

Where are we with broadband now?

Where are we with broadband now?

The first quarter of 2017 has shown significant progress with the Region 10 Middle Mile Broadband project.  More than two years ago, recognizing the impact of the lack of adequate broadband services, Region 10 members requested and received funding from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to complete a broadband implementation plan. As a result, an innovative and cost-effective plan was developed to improve the broadband infrastructure within the Region. Since then the project has gained momentum and construction is underway in multiple communities in Delta and Montrose Counties.

The spring and summer of 2017 will see advances in engineering and construction in the Phase 2 communities that include Gunnison and Ouray counties and their member municipalities. We continue to fine tune the project plan in partnership with our members to meet changing environmental factors and member expectations. With the support of our partners Region 10 expects to complete regional construction by years’ end.

“Implementing projects of this size and complexity is a combination of art and science” says Chris Kennedy, Region 10 Broadband Project Director. “Developing relationships, identifying options and executing the vision are what make each and every day exciting and rewarding. The Region stands to benefit greatly with a needed addition to its economic development toolset” Kennedy added.

We look forward to sharing much more in the upcoming months as the vision takes physical shape and the region begins to experience positive results once the network is fully implemented. To keep track of progress, please visit

Nonprofits: Help your donors get more bang for their bucks

Nonprofits: Help your donors get more bang for their bucks

If your business is a nonprofit helping drive local economic development by creating and/or retaining jobs in an Enterprise Zone, your donors may be eligible for Enterprise Zone Contribution Tax Credits.

If so, your donors could receive a Colorado income tax credit for 25% of cash contributions, up to a maximum credit of $100,000, and/or 12.5% for in-kind contributions, such as labor, materials, desks, computer equipment, or stock. 

Eligible projects include:

  • Homeless Shelters offering or providing referrals to child care, job placement, and counseling services;
  • Business Assistance including management training and counseling, incubators, finance funds, and feasibility studies;
  • Job Training Projects directed at specific skill training in cooperation with business and industry;
  • Infrastructure Projects serving businesses, including water, sewer, transportation, telecommunications, streetscaping, business and industrial parks;
  • Marketing for business, economic and business development;
  • Rural Health Care Facilities that are identified in a rural Enterprise Zone’s development plan; and
  • Community Development Projects promoting nonprofit or government-funded community development projects.

Serving Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties

Getting started:

  1. Contact your local Enterprise Zone Administrator (EZA) by calling Region 10 at 970.249.2436 or emailing
  2. The EZA will provide the proposed project information on the state requirements and application process.
  3. An application form and proposal must be completed and submitted to the EZA.
  4. All projects must be approved by the State Enterprise Zone Commission in order to be able to receive contributions.
  5. Projects must be recertified each year in order to continue to receive contributions.
  6. The EZA will work with Project Coordinator to complete the donor certification form (DR0075).
  7. The donor must complete, sign, and attach the DR0075 form to his/her Colorado Income Tax in order to receive the tax credit.

Call today to find out how your donors can get more bang for their donation buck.

Brewery and nonprofit team up to preserve Gunnison trails

Brewery and nonprofit team up to preserve Gunnison trails

Back in March 2015, we shared the story of High Alpine Brewing Company, and how Region 10 helped give them a jump start. It’s the story of Bryan Wickenhauser, Scott Cline, Jon Brown working to provide a much needed service and product in Gunnison, Colorado: brewing and serving quality craft beer.

But this project has always been more than just brewing beer. High Alpine owns a unique relationship with its location. Its tagline – “Where beer meets tree line” – demonstrates the company’s commitment to its pristine, high-altitude surroundings.

It only seemed natural then for High Alpine to partner with Gunnison Trails, a nonprofit advocacy group who works preserve trail-based education, conservation, and recreation in Gunnison County.

The two teamed up to create Penny for Trails, a fundraising effort that adds one cent to every dollar spent on food and beverage at the brewery.

“Partnering with Gunnison Trails fits our philosophy of giving back and ties in well with our business model,” Cline adds.

“We’re honored that these guys have that kind of confidence in our mission and out organization,” states Dave Wiens, Executive Director of Gunnison Trails.

The Penny program had a kickoff party on January 19th, and is still going strong.

These are the type of ventures that only come to fruition when the community invests in its local economies.

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” now available in Delta

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” now available in Delta

Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an educational series designed to provide caregivers with the resources they need to take care of themselves, is coming to Delta. Scheduled to start on March 6th 2017, Powerful Tools will be held at the Grand Mesa Oncology and Rheumatology building (1501 East 3rd Street, Delta, CO, 81416).

Presented by Region 10 and The Area Agency on Aging, this program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources.

Classes consist of six sessions held once a week on Monday from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. The courses will be taught by experienced caregivers who have successfully applied the techniques they teach. Interactive lessons, discussions, and brainstorming will help caregivers develop the “tools” they need to maintain their peace of mind.

Class participants will receive the book, The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class. A $25 donation is requested for participants over the age of 60, but not required. Participants under the age of 60 are required to pay the $25 fee.

For more information or to register, contact Sandy Walker at (970) 765-3131 or Participants can also register at

Classes take place 1:00 to 3:30 pm on the following days:

  • March 6th
  • March 13th
  • March 20th
  • March 27th
  • April 3rd
  • April 10th


Announcing Foodie Fridays!

Announcing Foodie Fridays!


Region 10’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) and the Montrose County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are bringing area food enthusiasts “Foodie Friday”, the first Friday of each month in 2017.  Workshops, conducted by Montrose County’s Environmental Health Director Jim Austin, are free and open to the public.

Foodie Friday will be held the first Friday of each month at Region 10, 300 N Cascade Avenue in Montrose, from 9-10 a.m. In this workshop, participants will learn about the state and county laws, rules, and regulations that govern the cottage food industry, food trucks and other mobile retail outlets, and restaurants. The schedule will be as follows:


January 6, 2017-Cottage Foods: What you need to know before you start selling

February 3, 2017- Food Trucks:  What you need to know before you start rolling

March 3, 2017- Restaurants:  What you need to know before you sign that lease


“The purpose of Foodie Friday is to provide people interested in selling raw and prepared foods with the state and county laws, rules, and regulations before they dive in and make huge investments,” said Nancy Murphy, Region 10 small business development director.  “Jim Austin at Montrose County DHHS has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the food safety arena, and we are thrilled he is bringing our local foodies the information they need to start or expand their businesses.”

Jim Austin has served as the Montrose County environmental health director since March 2013.  Previous to that, he lived in Denver for 20+ years and directed the food inspection program for the City and County of Denver from 1992 to 1999.

The schedule is planned to repeat quarterly:

Cottage Foods: Friday, January 6, April 7, July 7, and October 6, 2017

Food Trucks:  Friday, February 3, May 5, August 4, and November 3, 2017

Restaurants: Friday, March 3, June 2, September 1, and December 1, 2017


For more information, please contact Nancy Murphy at Region 10, 970-765-3130, and/or Jim Austin at Montrose County, 970-252-5067.

Above and Beyond Award

Above and Beyond Award

Community Living Services is a program of the Older Americans Act, funded by the state and Federal government to provide supports and services to older adults. Region 10 Area Agency on Aging is blessed to have amazing contractors and vendors to provide the services we direct. Two years ago the CLS team decided to honor our outstanding providers with the Above and Beyond award. The contractors meet with our team quarterly to learn about what we are doing as an agency and to share what they are doing with one another. We all work together to provide services that enable older adults to remain in their home of choice whenever possible.

The September “Above & Beyond” was awarded to the Gunnison Senior Resources Program administered by Gunnison County Health and Human Services. In the past year the Gunnison Senior Resources program has increased their outreach efforts and have become certified Medicare Counselors under the State Health Insurance Assistance Program and are trainers for Chronic Disease Self-Management classes. They have been instrumental in building a robust resource list in Gunnison County to better meet the needs of Gunnison County residents. The Gunnison team has gone above and beyond to provide information, resources and services. Region 10 Community Living Services is pleased to recognize these efforts.

Broadband Partnerships

Broadband Partnerships

Region 10 Broadband – Thankful for Relationships Built on Partnerships

With the recent selection of Deeply Digital LLC, a Montrose-based contractor, to build broadband infrastructure in the City of Montrose, Region 10 is adding to its broadband implementation team, and looks forward to working with a local company with extensive experience in Middle-Mile and Fiber to the Premise Projects. Deeply Digital will work in collaboration with Region 10’s current broadband implementation team, Actavo Engineering Services and Consulting Firm, NEO Connect in order to build out middle mile infrastructure.

Along with TCS (currently building middle mile infrastructure in Delta) Deeply Digital brings years of experience and a local voice to the project. Proposals from companies across the country were reviewed, and Deeply Digital’s proposal was identified as having the right mix of qualities, including approach to the project and pricing. Deeply Digital President Doug Seacat says of the project, “We are proud to have been chosen as the contractor for Montrose”. “We have a long history here and are excited to be working with Region 10 and the City of Montrose to improve regional broadband”.

As construction activities begin in Montrose and begin to wrap up in Delta, we will be working closely with all of our partners to expedite the project and to minimize impact in the communities. Construction for the Regional Broadband Project is divided into two phases. Phase One is currently underway and includes network construction in the Cities of Delta and Montrose. Phase Two will begin in 2017, with construction throughout Region 10’s member counties of Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel, Gunnison and Hinsdale.

These efforts are part of a long-term Region 10 initiative to help local governments in bringing high-speed, Gigabit-enabled broadband to their communities. The goal continues to be construction of the “middle mile” infrastructure throughout the Region, while creating redundancy for the individual communities. Local governments have identified affordable and reliable, high-speed broadband as essential to the Region’s economic development, public safety and health, and statewide competitiveness.

Region 10 is thankful for the support and cooperation of its’ member communities and its’ ongoing partnerships as we work to realize this vision. Without support from local communities, counties, commercial partners and state agencies the project would remain just that, a vision of unrealized potential.

We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Business Loan Fund lends thanks to our community

Business Loan Fund lends thanks to our community

Special recognition goes to Montrose County for acting as the sponsor for the State of Colorado’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program facilitated by Region 10. Through the program, Region 10 provides loans to businesses across six counties including Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Delta, Ouray, and San Miguel. Utilizing the CDBG program, the loan fund has given many businesses throughout the region access to capital through involvement in the program.

Often the CBDG funds assist a business with “gap” financing, allowing a business to combine personal assets and traditional bank financing with additional access to capital through the CBDG program to complete a loan package. This partnership with local banks in the area serves as an essential collaboration and contributes exponentially to the success of the businesses, thereby translating directly into job expansion and retention, as well as the overall vitality of the region.

Through the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), the contract has been expanded and extended to further facilitate job creation and economic diversification within the region until November 2018.  Businesses that will benefit from this unique approach to business lending include hotels, breweries, retail sales, service, and health care. The contract is in effect until November 2018.

For more information on the program and Region 10’s Loan Fund or to see if your business could benefit from this approach to commercial lending, please contact Region 10 Business Loan Fund Director Dan Scinto at 970-765-3126.

Grateful for our SHIP volunteers

Grateful for our SHIP volunteers

Region 10’s Community Living Services program adopted the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) 18 months ago from RSVP, which had been managing the program for many years.  When SHIP needed a home we were more than happy to bring them under the Community Living Services umbrella. The bonus for Region 10 was that all of the SHIP volunteers came with the package. These dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers donate more than 40 hours of their time and talent each week.

Medicare is a confusing world of acronyms, formularies, and programs– Parts A, B,C, D, just to name a few. Our SHIP volunteers know their stuff and every year they help consumers save thousands of dollars by finding them the plans that best meet their needs. They also manage the Senior Medicare Patrol which helps consumers understand the explanation of benefits; identify potential billing errors and possible Medicare fraud.

Mabel Risch, a Medicare guru, leads our SHIP team. The team of SHIP and Region 10 champions includes Judy Dietrich, Anne Britton, and Gloria Hudson. Administrative assistant Norma Abrahamson completes this dynamite band of volunteers.

Open enrollment continues through December 7th and SHIP counseling slots are filling fast. Call Norma at 970-765-3132 if you need to talk to one of them. This program would not be possible without dedicated volunteers. If you like helping people and want to join a fun group of people call Eva at 970-765-3127 to learn more about becoming a SHIP volunteer

We also count Barbara Ward among our many blessings. Barbara has been a steadfast volunteer ombudsman, as well as helping us with special events and projects, for more than 2 years. As a long-term care (LTC) ombudsman, she listens to and addresses the concerns of nursing home and assisted living facility residents. Because issues can range from the food service to problems with therapy or laundry, Barbara visits two of our facilities on a regular basis, spends time getting to know the residents, and works with Sandy Walker and the facilities to help resolve issues.

“There’s just about nothing I wouldn’t do for Region 10,” says Barbara Ward.

Volunteers like Barbara and our SHIP team help Community Living Services expand our reach to more people in our six-county region, and for this we are truly thankful.

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