Silverlode helped a rural community turn an abandoned meat packing plant into an opportunity for job and investment.
Limon, Colorado is a rural community that has had difficulty attracting skilled employees and must rely on the development and retention of local workforce through educational and vocational pathways. The community is home to a former Coleman meat packing plant and sale barn that had been vacant for years. The Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation hired Silverlode to conduct a feasibility study and development plan for the former Coleman buildings and site.
Silverlode examined the best potential uses of the packaging plant, sale barn, and surrounding 12 acres. Using the criteria of job creation, fiscal impact, and sustainability, we evaluated redevelopment options for industry sectors that could provide the most positive economic and fiscal impact for the town of Limon and Lincoln County. The potential economic and fiscal impacts of each scenario were quantified. Silverlode also developed and presented recommendations on utility investments, marketing, and site ownership strategies to the client and steering committee.
Silverlode's recommendations are currently being implemented to attract a niche food manufacturing processor to the community.