The Bent County Development Foundation (BCDF) was founded in 1989 to “promote the general economic activity of our local community; and to improve the standard of living for its existing and future residents.” Bent County’s economy is largely in the hands of agriculture and its two major correctional facilities. County and city government, health care, schools, services for tourists and residents, and a variety of cottage industries make up the balance of Bent County’s economic life. The BCDF is a resource for business retention, expansion and recruitment in Bent County. The BCDF has access to resources for industry and infrastructure development as it relates to job development from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, and the federal Economic Development Agency. The BCDF may also assist businesses in obtaining financing and business development assistance from the Small Business Administration and the Colorado Enterprise Zone programs.