One Valley Prosperity Project

Forging Prosperity and Growth for All

The One Valley Prosperity Project (OVPP) is a collaborative initiative focused on achieving a more prosperous and successful future for all citizens in the Gunnison Valley.


We love the Gunnison Valley for its exceptional natural beauty, abundant access to outdoor activities, vibrant small towns, and our ranching and mining heritage. Despite our incredible economic assets, such as the ski area and university, not everyone in our valley is thriving. Compared to many communities in Colorado, our poverty rate and cost of living are higher; our wages are lower, and we need to work more than one job to make ends meet.

We can, and will, do better. Click below to view the OVPP Strategy Report.

Taking Action

Ultimately, the OVPP is about taking action. Action planning committees around four areas – housing affordability, economic resiliency, tourism and recreation, and social services and community health – have been tasked with creating regionally-based action plans to address critical issues.

Live Here

There are a few things you can take for granted when living in the Gunnison-Crested Butte area: clean air and water, safe communities with low crime rates, beautiful landscapes and recreational opportunities around every corner. Get the scoop on the Gunnison Valley lifestyle.

Doing Business Here

The Gunnison Valley draws independent spirits with a “make it or break it” mentality that craves adventure, outdoor recreation, and a relaxed community to call home. Explore the local business environment.

Thank You

We could not and cannot accomplish our goals for economic prosperity in the Gunnison Valley without the help of our residents and key partners from the business community. Thank you.

Who We Are

The Community Builders Task Force is a group of community leaders driving the One Valley Prosperity Strategy forward. It is made up of representatives from the following organizations:

  • Gunnison County
  • City of Gunnison
  • Western Colorado University
  • Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley
  • Gunnison Valley Health
  • Crested Butte South Property Owner’s Association
  • Town of Crested Butte
  • Town of Mt. Crested Butte
  • Crested Butte Mountain Resort
  • Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association
  • RE1-J School District
  • ICELab at Western Colorado University
  • Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority.

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