About Localworks2021-07-20T19:25:08-06:00
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Mission & Vision

Our Mission

Localworks is advancing Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community.

Our Vision

A movement of citizens actively engaged in shaping and sustaining the community. Through the following core values all our work is informed and shaped by these values:

  • Community: Empowering, Influencing, Connecting, Inclusive, Transparent, Creative
  • Catalyst for Revitalization: Innovative support for local business and property
  • Future-oriented: Optimistic, Inventive, Believe in Community Potential
  • Sustainability: Perpetuating and Growing

Our Team & Board

Localworks is volunteer powered, staff supported and board directed. There is an annual meeting each year and members vote on a slate of board nominees.

Our Staff
Our Board
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Our History & Impact

Localworks has created profound and lasting change in Wheat Ridge for more than a decade.

Founded by City officials and staff in 2005, our non-profit organization has become a force for change, repositioning Wheat Ridge as a vibrant, respected and sought after community. We’ve worked hard to develop and grow the City while retaining a uniquely rich tradition of smalltown-life with rural accents just at the edge of Denver.

Just a glimpse of the impact Localworks has had on our community, due to the commitment of community members like you:

  • Localworks was founded as Wheat Ridge 2020 in Dec 2005.
  • Localworks has invested $400,000 in commercial lending leveraging over $2 MILLION in property improvements on 38th Avenue.
  • Localworks was recognized for our work with a Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence in 2014 for the best Branding and Marketing for the Ridge at 38.
  • Localworks was honored as the Nonprofit of the Year by West Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and the Best Nonprofit in Wheat Ridge by Colorado Community Media in 2018.
  • Localworks attracts an average of 15,000+ people to community events and placemaking events on 38th Avenue – Wheat Ridge’s main street – also known as The Ridge at 38.

Read the Localworks 2021-2023 Strategic Plan.

Read the 2020 Localworks Annual Report and Accomplishments.

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About Localworks2021-05-24T10:18:52-06:00

Our Mission

Localworks is advancing Wheat Ridge as a vibrant and sustainable community.

Our Vision

A movement of citizens actively engaged in shaping and sustaining the community. Through the following core values all our work is informed and shaped by these values:

  • Community: Empowering, Influencing, Connecting, Inclusive, Transparent, Creative
  • Catalyst for Revitalization: Innovative support for local business and property
  • Future-oriented: Optimistic, Inventive, Believe in Community Potential
  • Sustainability: Perpetuating and Growing

Our Strategic Plan

Read more about the Localworks Strategic Plan for 2021-2022, click here.

Click here for our annual report and see our accomplishments in 2019. The 2020 report is in process.

Our History

In January 2005, the Wheat Ridge City Council retained a consulting team to perform an independent analysis of the problems and opportunities that exist in the City of Wheat Ridge.

After extensive analysis and public input, the consulting team confirmed what the community already believed—that Wheat Ridge was in relative decline compared to other Jefferson County communities. It was also determined that for much of the last 20 years, Wheat Ridge had been losing its share of strong households and by 2005 had a weakened capacity to attract new ones. Together, City elected officials and staff worked to develop a plan to reposition Wheat Ridge. To identify and leverage important community assets, such as relatively low cost housing in the Metro Denver region, infill development opportunities, a strong sense of community, and access and location, and most importantly, a uniquely rich tradition of small-town life with rural accents just at the edge of Denver.

The plan that was developed recommended the creation of a non-profit corporation, with the capability to facilitate and encourage appropriate development in Wheat Ridge. Our organization was formed to help lead the community’s effort to “Reposition Wheat Ridge.” For more information, please download the full Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy.

The plan, titled Repositioning Wheat Ridge, mapped out the work that our city, our citizens and our organization would need to undertake. Our organization was created as a partner in Wheat Ridge responsible for encouraging appropriate development necessary to retain and attract strong Jefferson County and Denver Metro area households.

  • Creating an image for Wheat Ridge and promoting the specific identities to selected market niches, both residential and commercial.
  • Facilitating more competitive housing development through communication with builders, investors, home buyers, home owners, etc.
  • Encouraging higher levels of improvement and maintenance in residential and commercial sites, as well as public spaces.
  • Promoting development of designated commercial sites and clusters.
  • Encouraging effective resident, institutional, and business leadership on the Localworks Board and also in neighborhood and city-wide activities.

Repositioning Wheat Ridge informs the work of Localworks. The plan focuses on taking advantage of Wheat Ridge’s current assets, and building on them to create a community that will be attractive to the strong households that will fill an important niche in the community.