Hot Industries

Learn about growth industries in the Northern Colorado region.
Larimer County has identified the following industries to be growing in our communities.

1. Innovation Economy: Innovation occurs across industry sectors in Larimer County. Craft brewers, bioscience, software, hardware, and clean energy companies contribute ideas, inventions, and products that positively affect the local economy.

2. Bioscience includes companies that research, produce and distribute medical devices, medical instruments, pharmaceuticals, and biofuels. With 45 companies in growth mode, close associations with research scientists at Colorado State University, and a diverse product base, this cluster plays an important role in economic development and health in our community.

3. Clean Energy industry in Larimer County includes the generation and use of renewable and alternative fuels such as plant matter, solar power, wind power, geothermal power and technologies that improve energy efficiency. The Colorado Clean Energy Cluster is a business-led, project-oriented group of regional partners that focuses on workforce development and economic opportunities for this region, seeking to have a global impact on energy efficiencies.

4. Software/Hardware: Despite the ups and downs of the tech sector, Larimer County remains an attractive location for new businesses. Companies that specialize in data mapping, computer programming, Internet service, software development, and computer facilities management are grouped in the Software/Hardware cluster.

5. Arts & Culture includes companies and organizations that are unique, independent, and contribute to the region's high quality of life. Arts, cultural, tourism, breweries, creative firms and hospitality businesses fall in this category.

6. Water Innovation: The future of water safety, water supply and water management is a global issue. Larimer County area companies and industry partners around the state are ready to take on challenges and discover solutions that are best for the planet, for business and our societies. Colorado State University’s expertise in water research and technology innovation is world-renowned. Combined, these companies and organizations contribute to the economic vitality of our area and beyond.