Thirty years ago, Monte Vista Colorado was a thriving community. As with many small cities, there was a thriving downtown with core businesses that provided local retail services, and the main street was a de facto community center. However, in the past 30 years, the face of retail has changed significantly. Deeply rooted in hard work, agricultural pride and a can-do attitude, the members of the community began to take on the persona that the good times were over and the people were cut adrift and fragmented from the core. There has been, over the past few years, a desire to change
and move forward with a new central core and a renewed center of community. Some new businesses have sparked optimism and a growing restaurant niche is emerging. But, there is much work to be accomplished in creating a new vision for the community, instilling a sense of pride and understanding how a new niche for the downtown can bring the residents back together into a strong and vibrant future. There is available broadband, a huge amount of traffic that passes through the City on CO Highway’s 160 and 285, and real estate values are very reasonable. Capturing a new spirit, understanding the potential uses for vacant buildings and tapping into new emerging economies are areas the community will embrace with the proper guidance.