Longmont’s Competitive Advantage

Advance Longmont 2.0, our citywide economic development strategy, identified four target industry clusters. These primary industry clusters represent our unique competitive advantage as a community. Using cutting-edge methods developed by Harvard and the federal Economic Development Agency, our clusters capture the verticals of industry supply chains and the unique opportunities they offer our community. Read more about our industry cluster methodology here.


We incorporated and studied current jobs, location quotient (LQ), the projected 5-year growth of industries, and the average earnings of our targeted industries.

Manufacturing Innovation

Longmont is a national center for the manufacturing of tomorrow, where leading companies are designing and building the next frontier of advanced manufacturing technology. Companies here are creating everything from optical devices to smart city technology, storage batteries to surgical tools. These are the companies that are building the devices that redefine the ways today’s industries operate and that make the reality of whole new industries happen.

2,154
JOBS

6.72
LOCATION
QUOTIENT

1.8%
PROJECTED 5-YEAR
GROWTH

$96,480
AVG. EARNINGS

Business Catalyst

Longmont is home to a comprehensive business support sector that catalyzes primary and local industry growth. Our strong business infrastructure creates opportunities for you to make your mark with companies and businesses that deliver specialized expertise, services and support to help other businesses do business. This includes specialized consultants, data processing, hosting, marketing, design and many more.

3,904
JOBS

1.08
LOCATION
QUOTIENT

13%
PROJECTED 5-YEAR
GROWTH

$99,573
AVG. EARNINGS

Food & Beverage

Food and beverage companies are a well-established cornerstone of Longmont’s industrial diversity. We are not only home to national breweries, craft distilleries and artisan eateries, we are also a hub for national and international food companies and their manufacturing. This is a place where you can build a reputation and a career in the food & beverage industry while you tantalize taste buds and influence tastemakers across the globe.

699
JOBS

4.82
LOCATION
QUOTIENT

15.7%
PROJECTED 5-YEAR
GROWTH

$51,820
AVG. EARNINGS

Knowledge & Creation Deployment

Longmont is a center for new knowledge and breakthroughs. We are a national hub for cutting-edge R&D and deployment in engineering, physical and life sciences. You will find numerous private research labs in our community, as well as medical, pharma, bioengineering and biotechnology companies looking to hire innovative thinkers who can help them push the boundaries of our scientific knowledge.

1,857
JOBS

1.77
LOCATION
QUOTIENT

5%
PROJECTED 5-YEAR
GROWTH

$127,430
AVG. EARNINGS

Chart showing NextLight having the fastest ISPs in the United States in 2018
Map of the United States showing corporate income tax percentages in each state
Chart showing average electric rate in Longmont lower than Colorado overall and neighboring utilities
Price to income ratio chart showing Longmont's income ratio starting below 3 and rising to almost 5 between 2012 and 2018

Rigid Bits

“Longmont has been my home off and on since I moved to Colorado more than 12 years ago. I fell in love with the community and in 2015 decided to make it my permanent home. Because of the strong ties with the community, there was no question when I founded Rigid Bits in 2017 that it is where we would set our roots down. As an added bonus, NextLight is the fastest internet service provider in the country, which is a great fit for us.

Rigid Bits provides cybersecurity services to businesses nationwide, providing valuable insight to prevent attacks and respond immediately to cybersecurity events. Since 2017, we have supported 70 businesses across 17 states and a variety of industries. We have experienced 300% year-over-year growth with no signs of slowing down. Our plans are to continue to expand Rigid Bits’ services to support businesses in all industries with their cybersecurity needs, changing the way we work as the industry and threats change. As our growth continues, we will bring on new employees and just last month moved into larger office space in Longmont in preparation for our future”.

– Jeff Oden, Founder