Date Established: The Riverwalk was officially dedicated and opened to the public on October 6, 2000.
Current use/ownership of building: The original objectives to pull the city out of an economic slump, beautify the downtown, and become a tourist destination are a part of our present and future vision
Past use of building: After a tragic flood in 1921 that impacted life and property in their communities. After this flood Pueblo made the decision to relocate the Arkansas River flow behind a levee south of the downtown area to protect the city from future flood events. The coalition of Pueblo citizens visited San Antonio and gathered information on their River Walk. After many visits and meetings with our new friends in San Antonio the Pueblo group realized that returning the river to the historic path through the downtown core could create new economic activity.
Significant damages, restorations, etc: The Riverwalk master plan calls for phasing of construction, each phase is completed as funding becomes available. Phases I & II of the Riverwalk were transformational, revitalizing the urban landscape of downtown Pueblo. The masterplan also called for building sites that can be sold to private developers.
Annual events/functions (link to community events):
Concerts, Movies, Festivals, Boats Galore
Center for American Values
Veterans Bridge Events on Veterans Day
Pueblo Classic Bike Event April
Farmer’s Market Summer Months
Fun fact: The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (HARP) is a 32-acre urban waterfront experience open to the Public daily.
Community Impact: The impact of having the Riverwalk in downtown Pueblo has been significant. This project has been vital in attracting new businesses thereby diversifying and stabilizing the local economy as well as the Southern Colorado region. Our local visitor’s bureau data tells us that since the Riverwalk has been created we have increased visits from Colorado residents and surrounding states, this as a result has brought in and supported new businesses such as restaurants, hotels and retail shops. Property tax data indicates the Riverwalk area has higher property values and boasts some of the most valuable real estate in Pueblo County. This project has created a new level of quality of life for residents, this is where they bring friends and family. Our hospitals and other large employers use the Riverwalk as a recruitment tool to attract new employees and their families. The Riverwalk is an anchor to Colorado Certified Creative District, as designated by Colorado Creative Industries. The success of each Riverwalk phase has made the project eligible for new funding opportunities. The Riverwalk attracts over 500,000 visitors annually from Colorado, and bordering states.
Angelo’s Pizza Parlor
Brues Alehouse Brewing Co.
4 of Hart’s
1129 Spirits & Eatery
Twenty One Steak
Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce
Empowers the greater Pueblo area’s business community by providing a voice and advocacy to promote growth, prosperity, and change.
302 N Santa Fe Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-542-1704
Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo
Provides businesses, individuals, and organizations with direct support, resources, advocacy, and development in a highly diverse society.
215 S Victoria Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-542-5513
Pueblo City Planning and Community Development
Leads the way in designing and implementing investment capital projects to meet the current and future needs of our community.
211 E D St, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-553-2259
Pueblo City Sales Tax Division
Provides businesses with critical information regarding sales tax and use license.
1 City Hall Pl, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-719-553-2659
Offers professional and technical training programs customized for any organization/operation.
900 W Orman Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-549-3320
Pueblo County Economic Development
Offers services and incentives for businesses and provides resources for minority owned business.
215 W 10th St, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-583-6535
Pueblo Diversified Industries (PDI)
Provides employment and development opportunities, in a variety of ways, for individuals with severe diverse abilities.
2828 Granada Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81005 | 719-564-0000
Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce
Creates a climate for a healthier business community through business support, economic growth, and services that boost businesses and individuals.
63 E Spaulding Ave, Pueblo West, CO 81007 | 719-647-9086
Pueblo West Metro District Community Development
Assists businesses with available commercial real estate and the business application process.
356 S McCulloch Blvd, Pueblo West, CO 81007 | 719-547-2000
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Combines resources from federal, state, and local governments and the education sector to offer consulting services, training and resources regarding: starting, sustaining, growing, and prospering your business.
121 W City Center Dr #150, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-549-3245
Southern Colorado Innovation Link (SCIL)
Connects entrepreneurs to resources that support them as they grow.
121 W City Center Dr #150, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-549-3334
Southern Colorado Economic Development District (SCEDD)
Offers assistance with feasibility studies, resiliency plans, strategic planning, infrastructure development, local regulation, navigation, community outreach, and capacity building.
121 W City Center Dr, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-545-8680
Allows small businesses to access friendly and affordable capital.
3350 Brighton Blvd Suite 135, Denver, CO 80216 | 303-657-00109
Small Business Loan Programs:
Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (CPACE)
Through the state of Colorado, CPACE Enables owners of eligible commercial and industrial buildings to finance up to 100% of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation eligible improvements.
Expands access to financing and offers flexible terms to business owners.
1888 Sherman St Suite 530, Denver, CO 80203 | 303-860-0242
Small Business Loan Programs:
Colorado Housing & Finance Authority (CHFA)
Strengthens Colorado by investing in affordable housing and community development.
1981 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202 | 303-297-2432
Business Loan Programs:
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
Creates a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth.
Rural Jump Start Program:
NeighborWorks of Southern Colorado
Administers Pueblo County’s business loan funds and provides a complete range of homebuyer resources.
1241 E Routt Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004 | 719-544-8078
NeighborWorks Small Business Loan Program:
Southern Colorado Community Lending Program:
ACCION Loan Program:
Healthcare Disability Resources
The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual leadership program entitled Leadership Pueblo. The program is designed for individuals interested in developing their leadership skills. The curriculum affords each class the opportunity to network with up-and-coming leaders and current decision makers in the community in order to grasp a better understanding of the issues facing the Pueblo community, as well as a chance to discuss solutions to these problems.
As a requirement for graduation, all leadership classes are required to plan and implement a class project designed to benefit the community. That is where this QR code resource comes in. The class of 2022 created this project as a means to create a community more informed, providing history and resources about Pueblo. If you are joining us from out of town, welcome, we are so glad you’re here! If you are from Pueblo, we hope you learn more about this great town as we move forward. The QR code resource project features 14 plaques throughout Pueblo that provide the history of the building, as well as resources for businesses, food resources and health and family services.
We hope you learn more about the steel city and enjoy learning about the rich history there within!
Thank you for joining us,
The Leadership Pueblo Class of 2022