Burkhardt Economic Development Consulting is ready to accelerate your economic development program.  We start by carefully listening to your needs and opportunities, and then crafting a response that you will be able to put into action.  We believe in building our recommendations around the basics of economic development:

  • Vision:  A successful economic development initiative must be in tune with an articulated expression of what the community has determined it wants to become.
  • Focus on primary jobs:  We are careful not to confuse economic development with economic activity.  Economic development must start with attention to the attraction and retention of quality primary jobs.
  • Regional approach:  Employers are not concerned with jurisdictional boundaries.  They will assess areas based on a laborshed–that area from which they can attract and retain the talent that assure their success.  Community parochialism is a huge detriment to economic development success.

We look forward to working with you and your team.  Let us assist you as you continue to pursue economic opportunity for your residents.

tom hacker

I came to know Larry Burkhardt from the day he was appointed as Upstate Colorado president, and became well-acquainted with him throughout his tenure there. As a journalist and editor, I found Larry to be responsive and helpful, but never in a manner that might compromise deals in progress or companies he was connected with. Larry and I therefor had the most pleasant of “adversarial” relationships. He had information I wanted, I tried hard to get it, and he was always respectful in his responsibility to guard it. I would recommend Larry to any organization that seeks the qualities that made him a valued and trusted source for me.

Thomas Hacker, Public Information Officer, City of Loveland, CO

dan hansmith

While President and CEO of Upstate Colorado Economic Development, Larry Burkhardt was instrumental in getting the Towns of Hudson, Keenesburg and Lochbuie to work together for the first time to establish a regional collaboration known as the I-76 Economic Development Initiative.

Today, the collaboration has expanded to include a total of six communities, two counties and two chambers of commerce. To this day, representatives from these government agencies and chambers continue to work together to produce an annual business development expo that showcases the residential, commercial and industrial opportunities that exist in our region.

This success is a direct result of the early vision, initiative and effort of Larry and the founding members.

Dan Hamsmith, Director of Economic Development – Town of Hudson, Colorado, Board Member – Southeast Weld County Chamber of Commerce