The largest city in Weld County, Greeley has long expanded beyond its farming and ranching roots, forging its way into industries including manufacturing, health care and most notably in recent years, energy.
Growth in the oil and gas sector has rippled throughout the larger economy in Greeley, bringing in more workers and with them, more consumers.
According to the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, with the help of industry giants like Noble Energy and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., oil and natural gas contribute more than $625 million to Weld County’s economy, and provide some of the highest-paying jobs in the region.
Agribusiness, however, is still the city’s largest sector. With more than 31 percent of local employment related to agriculture in one way or another, agribusiness contributes more than $1 billion to the local economy. Weld County ranks in the nation’s top five for agricultural products sold, and is No. 1 in livestock, lamb and poultry.
While the rest of the country was facing a fledgling recovery from one of the worst recessions in U.S.