by John Helmering

Eagle, CO – “A small ‘old west’ town complimented by modern amenities and family neighborhoods located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains with world class resorts and international airport less than fifteen minutes away.”

Featured in 2009 as a real estate boom town gone bust on PBS Newshour, and again in 2010 and 2011, there is no doubt that the road to economic recovery has been a long one for the mountain town of Eagle, Colorado.  However, it is safe to say that the town has transitioned nicely from the days when “people built houses for people who build houses” to a more diversified and professional business base; an economy that is still dependent on the up-valley resort industry but, less dependent on new real estate development and overall much more independent than before.

The Town of Eagle and its residents have been resilient and are working hard to re-energize the community spirit, diversify the business economy, improve infrastructure and plan for new residential homes and commercial buildings.  In fact, if you have been considering moving to the mountains of Colorado, the Town of Eagle is a great choice and timing couldn’t be better for all of these reasons.

Residents and local government entities have been working hard on new branding efforts to attract visitors, businesses and residents alike.  The Town of Eagle recently launched a program aimed at educating folks about all of the natural benefits and outdoor activity that surrounds us living in Eagle: www.EagleOutside.com.

The Eagle Chamber of Commerce has been reorganized and missioned to help local business in Eagle County; currently offering life skills workshops to help individual businesses succeed.

The Vail Valley Partnership that until now has focused primarily on resort tourism has begun a massive campaign to bring more local businesses to Eagle County. Their Economic Council currently has an intriguing Economic Development Plan in front of the County Commissioners awaiting funding for 2014 initiation.

Vail Valley team competitor John Bailey rides through a section of the Haymaker Classic mountain bike course during the State Championship race last month in Eagle.New events such as the Youth Mountain Bike Championships and Eagle Wild Mushroom and Wine Weekend have begun to put the spotlight on the lower Vail Valley as a weekend destination.  This adds to the already large list of events and activities in Eagle, Colorado.  Over the past 5 years as real estate prices fell many new families moved to Eagle, setting the current stage for great gatherings in the parks and on our recreational fields.  The town and lower valley are once again full of life!

A series of new roundabouts and pedestrian friendly pathways are currently under construction that will allow for quicker and safer traffic flows to and from the neighborhoods, grocery store, the bowling alley, restaurants and Chambers Road commercial area. New custom homes are again under construction and there are several developers who are proceeding with plans to build new subdivisions in the near future.  In addition, a full care senior living center is being built in the Town by the County and should be operational in 2015. Read More about Eagle, Co.

Real estate home prices in and around Eagle have remained modest. There are a variety of single family homes priced between $300,000 and $500,000 currently on the market.  If you have a business that you are moving to Eagle, the Town is offering tap fee reductions and a new willingness to work toward the mutual goal of your business’ success.