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In spite of the population growth, farms and ranchland still make up much of the county's land, and agriculture is still the predominant single industry in Elbert County. Primary cash crops are grass hay and alfalfa. Stock raising is a thriving legacy of pioneer days.

Retail and service businesses along with new and expanded light manufacturing concerns have doubled during the last decade to meet the needs of the growing population. You'll find a wide range of companies ranging from high tech and medical equipment, to commercial greenhouses, antique shops and plastic toy manufacturers.

Renewable energy is abundant on Colorado's Central Plains. In early 2011, 34 wind turbines were constructed northwest of Burlington generating a total of 51 megawatts of electricity. In early 2014, it was announced that a 150 megawatt wind farm will be built in Kit Carson County by NextEra Energy within the next two years. The Cedar Point wind project (a joint effort between Enbridge and Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Inc.) has 139 turbines capable of generating up to 252 megawatts of electrical power located in both Lincoln and Elbert Counties north and west of Limon. At the end of 2013, Limon I and II (Centennial Wind Farms) were online with one hundred twenty-five (125) 1.6mw turbines each, producing an additional 400 mw of renewable energy. NextEra was under construction at the end of 2013 for Limon III which will add more than 100 towers generating an additional 200 MW of power. When Limon III is completed, this will increase the total wind production in Lincoln County to 852 MW.

For information on the business climate in Elizabeth, contact the Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce at (303) 646-4287.



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