- Economic Development
Fraser is a small mountain community centrally located within the Fraser Valley in Grand County, Colorado, approximately 70 miles northwest of Denver. The community is rich in regional and local history, shaped by the lumber and railroad industries that first drew full-time residents to the area. Fraser offers the mixture of small town life, rural character, mountain living, and world class outdoor recreational activities that other Colorado mountain towns offer.
Fraser stands alone, however, in that it is relatively preserved and undeveloped, true to its roots, and bursting with potential and opportunity. The town and community recognize the need for growth and encourage responsible development while placing a high priority on preserving the uniqueness of the Fraser Valley.
In terms of economic development opportunities, Fraser’s central location along one of Colorado’s primary transportation corridors (US-40) is a key advantage to commercial prospects. US-40 provides convenient access to Colorado’s major Denver/Front Range metropolitan communities via I-70, as well as one of the main entrances to Rocky Mountain National Park in Grand Lake. Downtown Fraser is adjacent to the Town of Winter Park, home to Winter Park Resort, Colorado’s longest continually operated ski resort. Winter Park Resort was recently acquired by Alterra Mountain Company and there is already an initiative to invest and rebrand the resort as an international, four-season destination. Currently, conservative estimates put the traffic count travelling through Fraser at approximately 13,000 vehicles per day. As Denver’s population continues to grow, the Fraser Valley’s proximity as the closest premier ski resort to Denver, in combination with new international rebranding efforts for Winter Park Resort, will result in the traffic count steadily increasing.