Tri-Lakes area united in order to sustain itself

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The Tri-Lakes area, which includes Monument, Palmer Lake and unincorporated parts of El Paso County, has developed their own work force solutions.

The relatively small area has its own incubator and its own economic development corporation, as well as its chamber of commerce.

All three are focused on job and business creation for the northernmost corner of El Paso County, and while each has its own mission, they all work together.

The Tri-Lakes Economic Development Corporation grew out of the Chamber of Commerce, said President Jack Fry. The group’s goal is to recruit and maintain business growth and job development in the region.

“We’re just getting started, and we’re just getting our name out there,” he said. “We don’t have tax funding. We’re supported by private donations. But we do have representation from both Monument and Palmer Lake, so we can have some discussion with them. In this environment, mostly what we have to sell is our location and our beautiful scenery.”

Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce President Dave Van Ness said his organization acts as a promoter of local businesses, while the incubator encourages job creation by assisting start-ups who want to grow their business in the area.

“We all work together,” he said. “We have to. We have a lot to sell the location between Denver and Colorado Springs. But jobs in this economy can be difficult to find. We’re all assisting however we can.”