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Longmont, CO

Incorporated in 1961, Longmont, Colorado, is situated in Boulder County near Denver and has grown to a population of about 83,000. The city was a major farming area in the 1870s, after a group of men from Chicago brought building materials to construct what they called "The Chicago-Colorado Colony." Named for nearby Longs Peak, which was first sighted in the 1820s by the explorer Major Stephen H. Long, Longmont is known for its high-tech and tourism industries.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

After a period of urban decay, Longmont got a boost when high-tech companies began moving into the area. The city was able to transform itself from a bedroom community into a first-class urban center. It is now a processing and trade center for the Colorado-Big Thompson Project and produces manufacturing equipment, metal products and vitamins. Longmont's business park center has grown and the downtown area has improved, due in part to the Longmont Downtown Development Authority. Additionally, the city's population has nearly doubled since the 1980s.

Longmont's high-tech industry, which accounts for 27 percent of the city's employment base, produces biopharmaceuticals, satellite imagery, and disk drive designs. The Boulder-Longmont area also has a very high number of software-related jobs.

The city has implemented economic programs to encourage the growth of local or home-grown businesses. For example, the Longmont Economic Gardening Initiative (LEGI), which began in 2006, was an alliance among local business partners to offer information about training, strategic planning and financial assistance. The primary goal of LEGI was to provide a comprehensive list of employment services that would be made available electronically.

EDUCATION

According to a recent census, the Boulder-Longmont area has the highest percentage of residents over the age of 25 who hold a college degree or higher. There are several academic institutions that serve Longmont:

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Longmont has a number of distinct neighborhoods and residential areas that have grown as a result of the economic opportunities that arrived as the city embraced the high-tech industry:

BEST BETS

Longmont contains a number of historic sites and attractive green spaces:

LOCAL MEDIA

The Longmont Times-Call is the city's daily newspaper.


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