Target Industries

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. 

Smart Manufacturing

2,154

Jobs

6.72

LQ

1.8%

Projected
5-Year
Growth

$96,480

Avg. Earnings
Cluster Goal

Longmont is a national center for Industry 4.0, designing and manufacturing the next frontier of advanced technology.

Cluster Overview

Smart manufacturing companies are building the next frontier of advanced technology: from optical devices to smart city technology, storage batteries to surgical instruments. These are companies manufacturing and designing devices that are instrumental to so many new industries.

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Business Catalysts

Cluster Goal

Longmont is home to a comprehensive business support sector that catalyzes primary and local industry growth.

Cluster Overview

Business catalysts are in the business of helping other businesses do business. These companies are a part of our business support infrastructure and catalyze success in all other industries. This cluster includes specialized consultants, data processing and hosting, marketing & design, and others.

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3,904

Jobs

1.08

LQ

13.0%

Projected
5-Year
Growth

$99,573

Avg. Earnings

Food and Beverage

699

Jobs

4.82

LQ

15.7%

Projected
5-Year
Growth

$51,820

Avg. Earnings
Cluster Goal

Longmont offers world-class food and beverage manufacturing, production, and service.

Cluster Goal

Food and beverage companies are at the heart of Longmont’s industrial diversity. From brewers to frozen food manufacturers, cheese makers to tortillerias, our food and beverage companies put Longmont on the map at a national level.

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Knowledge Creation & Deployment

Cluster Goal

Longmont is a national center for R&D and deployment in engineering, physical, and life sciences.

Cluster Goal

Knowledge creation & deployment companies are pushing the boundaries of our scientific knowledge. These include the numerous private R&D labs in our community, as well as bioengineering and biotechnology companies. 

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1,857

Jobs

1.77

LQ

5.0%

Projected
5-Year
Growth

$127,430

Avg. Earnings