Find Everything You Need in Parker
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Why do some small cities continue to grow and thrive while others shrink and stagnate? A recent study shed some light on that question and discovered that vibrant cities have some key characteristics in common.
Successful cities typically have active and engaged citizens with a strong sense of place and community pride. They also have a forward-thinking approach that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.
Parker, Colorado fits this profile. The Town looks to build social capital. It welcomes resident involvement and has several citizen commissions that focus on specific issues, such as planning and development.
Life-enhancing amenities that make the Town distinctive and foster a hometown feel are a priority in Parker. We’re creating a place that’s attractive to a diverse range of people. From our historic downtown to our community-wide festivals and 30-mile trail system, there are activities everyone can enjoy.
The Town also has a robust support system for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Our leadership is dedicated to business retention and recruitment by providing services and resources for companies, including incentive packages, available properties, demographics and data.
An Excellent Ecosystem for Entrepreneurs
Kirk Webster says he chose to build his business in Parker because it’s a dynamic, active community with room for growth.
Webster spent 20 years as a Presbyterian pastor. At age 50, he decided to pursue an unrelated passion. He altered his professional course to take an entrepreneurial route and open up a high-end road bicycle shop.
Creekside Bikes is small by design and built on good service. Webster cares about the community of Parker and wanted a “mom and pop” type of atmosphere where he can get to know his customers and their bikes.
Webster was pleased to find the crucial business support he needed in Parker as a new entrepreneur and credits the Town’s government and economic development officials with helping the business get on solid footing as it started up and was growing.
“Parker is one of the best places in the Front Range to live and to work,” says Webster. “The people, the values, the support, the emphasis on an athletic lifestyle—and growth in all of those areas … I think that’s Parker.”
A decade later, Webster remains pleased he picked Parker. “I still believe this is a good place and a good time for continued growth as we move Creekside into the future,” he says.