We are your local economic development resource.

About Us

Our Mission


It is the mission of the Bent County Development Foundation to increase the general economic development and improve the quality of life for existing and future residents of Bent County.

We focus on supporting existing businesses, bringing in new business, and strengthening the economic infrastructure of the community so that every business can thrive.

Retention - Expansion - Development

We also partner with the following:

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Southeast Business Retention, Expansion, and Attraction (SEBREA)

Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development (SECED)

Executive Director

Profile picture of Sammie George- Executive Director of the Bent County Development Foundation.

Sammie George

BBA- Colorado Mesa University


Business Owner- Good Day Disc Golf


“I am honored to be a part of the Bent County Development Foundation. I grew up in rural Colorado, and I understand the importance of growth and development in our small communities; which hinge on the foundation of our proud histories, and those who have come before us. Moving forward, we all have the opportunity to explore new ventures and avenues of economic growth and development; and I am excited to be an integral part of that movement.”

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Board of Directors



Bryan Simmons- First National Bank

Vice Chairman:

Kim MacDonnell- Bent County Commissioner


Victoria Valdez- Valley-Wide Health Systems

Board Members:

Chuck Netherton- Bent County Commissioner

Sonny Smith- City Council Member

David Armstrong- City Council Member

Nancy Gerlock- Chamber of Commerce

Dale Leighty- First National Bank

Bill Long- LA Fast Food, Inc.

Kep Proctor- Mountain Prairie/Hormel

Elsie Goines- Las Animas School District

Sam Vigil- Vigil Law Office, LLC

Adam Nevland- First Insurance Services


Job Creation

Our goal is to create quality jobs that will support and sustain the community.  We are always looking for opportunities to bring new business and activities to Bent County.  We offer numerous resources for start-ups as well as for businesses looking to expand in our area.


Job Retention

Job retention and business assistance go hand-in-hand.  We are here to support local businesses in their efforts to not only survive, but to THRIVE.  Through community support activities, employee trainings, workshops, and more- we are here to help!


Quality of Life

Safety, education quality and opportunity, poverty reduction, environmental quality, and cultural and recreational amenities all feed into our quality of life.  Good quality of life makes living, working, and conducting business in a community worthwhile.  We are here to advocate for the businesses and the residents of Bent County.

Contact Us

Our goal is to connect with the community and provide support to Bent County businesses and residents.  Please let us know how we can support you.

Bent County Development Foundation

332 Amb Thompson Boulevard, Las Animas, Colorado 81054, United States



The office may be closed during normal business hours, as Sammie often works off-site.  Please call ahead to make sure she is in.

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