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Rifle is unparalleled in its combination of an affordable outdoors lifestyle, a vibrant community, and easy access to everything that is great about Colorado. Located on I-70, an hour to Aspen, 3 hours to Denver, 3 hours to Moab, Rifle is both convenient yet off-the-beaten-path enough to feel western. For urban amenities, the Ute Event Center, Brenden Theaters, city parks, amphitheaters, restuarants, a historic downtown and more are here. And outdoor activiites, of course, can’t be beat with desert, plateau and mountain landscapes in every direction.
The City of Rifle offers several forms of assistance and incentives to businesses and industries that meet the City’s economic goal of new primary jobs and economic vitality. City Council may approve incentives such as fee waivers, infrastructure assistance, sales tax rebates, or other forms of financial assistance. Staff is dedicated to finding creative methods to make projects pencil out for the developer. Staff works closely with the Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation (RREDC) to collaborate with the business community.
The City of Rifle has many private lots available for commercial and industrial development. The City of Rifle owns several downtown Opportunity Sites to partner with developers to bring retail, restaurant, office, and housing near downtown amenities such as the 7-plex Brenden Theater. In addition, the City of Rifle has developed the “Energy Innovation Center” with approximately 35 acres of industrial pad sites available for long-term lease with infrastructure already installed, and an additional 100 acres that the City intends to extend services to in the future. The City of Rifle seeks to attract energy-related employers to the site, including businesses related to natural gas, oil, solar, or biofuels.
You can see there are many reasons that Rifle is a great place to live. Rifle is striving to differentiate itself from countless other rural communities that have endured multiple boom-and-bust economic cycles. As our community’s common goals for our economic future become a reality, Rifle can and will become a place that is not only known for its recreational activities, but for its outside-the-box thinking in shaping the way people live and work in a vibrant, competitive business environment. The City of Rifle has a vision of being a community that not only is affected by energy, but is also a good steward of it.
Rifle is where the old west, meets the new west. Rich with western heritage and history, many downtown businesses are located within historical buildings dating back to the 1900’s.
Former Governor Bill Ritter praised Rifle area electric company Holy Cross Energy, the Clean Energy Collective (CEC) and Garfield County for collaborating to install what is, for now, the nation’s largest community-owned solar array. The array’s 3,575 solar energy panels are expected to produce more than 1,500 megawatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity each year for as many as 350 Holy Cross Energy customers who buy in to the project. “Our ability to move to a clean energy economy in Colorado is a product of the political will that the people of the state have, to really try and find clean energy solutions,” Ritter said. “Where did Rifle get it’s name?” is usually the first question most often asked by visitors coming into Rifle. Although no one can tell for sure the true naming of our town, most stories lead to the conclusion that Rifle got it’s name from an old cowboy surveyor that had left his rifle/gun leaning against a tree near a local creek. Since then he had referred to this area as “Rifle” and the name has just keep living on.
Along with the naming of Rifle, Rifle, Colorado is “rich” with western heritage and history. Many of Rifle’s downtown businesses and local residences currently reside in historical buildings dating back to the early 1900’s. Take a walk through our history with this “Historical Walking Tour”
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