Visit the City of Florence website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/florencecolorado

Overview of Florence, CO

Incorporated in 1887, Florence is a statutory city of 3,800 people located in Fremont County, Colorado. We are situated in Colorado’s “Banana Belt” at the base of the Rocky Mountains, alongside the banks of the Arkansas River. Florence’s unique location provides for mild winters, allows for numerous agricultural pursuits, and gives our town unique River and Mountain parks- accessible to the public free of charge.

Named after the daughter of the City’s founder Senator James McCandless, Florence is known as the first place oil was discovered West of the Mississippi River and it has a rich history associated with numerous immigrants groups. Florence was home to three railroads and a small depot (used today as a senior center), providing a commercial hub for coal and oil mining activities located in the area.

The remnants of this1800’s commercial boom are preserved in our charming historic downtown now full of antique and retail stores, as well as an emerging culinary district. In addition to managing normal city services, Florence operates a regional water authority with surrounding coal towns and provides refuse collection services.

Florence has a strong sense of community and numerous groups like the Senior Community Center, Rotary, Elks, Chamber of Commerce, Eagles, etc run events throughout the year. Two of our most popular events are the huge Fourth of July Festival- complete with a wet-dry parade- and our Pioneer Day celebration in Mid-September.

Economic Development

Florence has a very ambitious staff with a can-do attitude working for the economic development of the City.

Situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, easy access to major highways, and with affordable land, plentiful water, and a great growing season; Florence is a great place to open a business! With a thriving antique market and unique emerging culinary district, City officials work alongside local business people, citizens, and regional partners (such as Fremont Economic Development Corporation) to assist existing business as well as try and help new business prospects located in Florence.

The City is one of only a few small Colorado communities to create an Urban Renewal Authority and is open to creative incentives and partnerships that create new jobs and expand existing businesses. Have an idea for a business or looking to relocate to Florence?

Please contact City Manager Mike Patterson at 719-784-4848 to discuss it. If you have general development or zoning questions for your potential business, please contact Planning Director Wade Broadhead at 719-371-5914.

City Council Members

Mayor – Keith Ore – hrtlndranch@msn.com
Pat Smith – Ward 1 Councilor – peverettsmith@msn.com
Richard Upton -Ward 1 Councilor – dp31upton@yahoo.com
Paul Villagrana – Ward 2 Councilor – pbvillagrana@gmail.com
Larry Baker – Ward 2 Councilor- lawrence1003@aol.com
Mike Vendetti – Ward 3 Councilor – mike@vendetti.com
Allen Knisley – Ward 3 Councilor – buck@qwestoffice.net

 

 

 

 

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