Otero County

Otero County

Otero County is centrally located in the Southeastern region of Colorado.  The county is 1,268 square miles with a population density of 14.8 per square mile.  The average elevation is 3,600 feet.

Otero County was established in 1889.  The county seat, La Junta, means “The Junction”.  The pioneers recognized the location of Otero County as a trade center, and the same outlook remains today as it continues to be the trade hub for Southeastern Colorado.  Otero County’s diverse economy consists of industry, agriculture, historical sites and recreational activities.

Current Projects

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

2021 - 2026 CEDS We have submitted our 2021 - 2026 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for review.   2021 - 2026 CEDS, complete document SCEDD CEDS, by chapters 1 - Introduction and Executive Summary 2 - Acknowledgements 3 - Public Participation and Stakeholder Input 4 - Resiliency Planning

Shop Local in South-East Colorado

Our friends on the Eastern Plains have developed a one stop shop and web presence for small businesses there. Click on the images to purchase gift certificates from a range of boutique clothing, food, décor, and personal services businesses.

Salute to these organization for making www.secostrong.org happen:

Bent County Development Foundation
BCEDS (Baca County Economic Development Foundation)
KCEDF (Kiowa County Economic Development Foundation)
Prowers Economic Prosperity
Otero County
Crowley County
The cities of Rocky Ford and La Junta
La Junta Main Street
SEBREA (Southeast Colorado Business Retention, Expansion, Attraction Program)
SBDC of Southeast Colorado (Small Business Development Center)
SECED (Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development)