OUR MISSION: This is a pivotal moment in the creation of Longmont’s future and its place in the digital/ "information age" economy. In the context of an $80 million St Vrain River redevelopment, $44 million optic fiber roll-out, booming regional entrepreneurial economy, and global economic shifts, it is NOW more important than ever for Longmont to create a new vision for itself and its role in this new economic paradigm. Fostering the resources, entrepreneurial culture, and a sustainable, amenity-rich environment sought by millennials and start-ups is critical to the physical and economic health of the city. Our mission is to catalyze this movement, and engage the local community in creating and manifesting this vision.
Why BROADBAND, BIKES AND BEER?
This phrase is representative of nurturing the metrics that are vital to creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem: A "Live Work Play" environment, within the context of a physically "Sustainable" city.
BROADBAND reflects the "Work" part of the equation: the metrics and physical infrastructure for businesses to thrive. Longmont's optic fiber roll-out will make it one of only a handful of cities in the entire US to have this. FOR NOW. This is an incredible but momentary opportunity to attract startups to the city and shouldn't be squandered. We have a great municipal power system with low rates, and high level of advanced degree holders. Other metrics that are necessary but need work are zoning districts and development procedures that empower rather than inhibit small businesses.
"BIKES" reflects the "Play" part of the equation. While before the flood, we had a great bike path, envisioning redevelopment of the River corridor as a major multi-modal transportation corridor for residents to recreate and commute can reduce traffic congestion during city build-out. For example, a 300 ft. wide river channel offers the opportunity for dedicated bike paths to reduce conflict with walkers, dogs and kids. "Bikes" reflects other metrics of creating an amenity-rich city with more focus on pedestrian places, riverside dining, urban agriculture, walkable infill development, and the numerous other sustainability initiatives.
"BEER" reflects the "Live" part of the equation; I.E. creating a vibrant flourishing community culture. There is a storied history with Left Hand and Oscar Blues breweries contributing tremendously to nurturing local community. Let's build on that with providing more focus on additional startup community needs: co-working and incubator spaces, mentoring, capital investor resources, et. al. Let's build more of an ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT scene, with venues and places for creatives to interact. And lets not forget about promoting the wealth of activities already here but regionally overlooked: the Farmers Market and hundreds of activities at the County Fairgrounds.
LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY: "Startup Longmont" is about fostering a new vision and paradigm for bringing Longmont into the Information Age.