The Village at Wolf Creek’s Jobs Impact

Executive Summary

The Village at Wolf Creek will boost the economy of a rural corner of Colorado that has struggled to fully recover from the Great Recession. The project will bring needed construction, retail, and hospitality dollars and create confidence for other business owners to move forward on expansion projects. The Village will benefit businesses catering to tourists and seasonal residents while also generating demand for restaurants, personal services, groceries, gas and other services that full-time residents desire.

These economic benefits weigh heavily in favor of allowing the project to go forward.

The Village at Wolf Creek will include homes, hotels and shops on 325 acres adjacent to the Wolf Creek Ski Area in Mineral County. It will complement and dramatically enlarge the region’s core business, attracting visitors to the area’s streams and slopes.

The Village will generate more than 400 jobs in the first year of construction, according to a comprehensive analysis of the impacts conducted by the US Forest Service. After the first decade of construction, the project will consistently produce more than 1,000 jobs. The great majority of the jobs – more than 8 in 10 – would be available locally, in Mineral, Archuleta and Rio Grande counties, where more than 500 people were unemployed in January of 2017, the month when job losses in this area typically peak.

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Support Statement

“Quite a few people don't want things to change around here, and I understand that, because I've seen what's happened to other parts of the state. The reason that I support this project is because it will benefit three different communities (Creede, Pagosa Springs and South Fork), with the impact spread out across that entire area. So I think that there will actually be very little change here – and all of it positive. We haven't changed very much over the last 10 to 20 years, so I think that we definitely have room to expand. Still, the geographical area will limit the extent of that expansion. The ski area does not have to grow leaps and bounds. It could never do that. So the change is going to be limited.

There are a lot of roadblocks being thrown up that I just don't understand. To Red's credit, he has gotten the ski area to support the project now. I've been optimistic for years, but I'm still concerned. Look at all of the time, money and effort that poor Red McCombs has poured into this project. I would really like to see this happen.”

– Tom Slade, President of Upper Rio Grande Economic Development and South Fork Ranches HOA