The City of Thornton Office of Economic Development focuses their Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) efforts on existing primary employers in the City of Thornton. Economic development generally is a process that seeks to stimulate the creation of wealth within a community and raise the standard of living for the area's residents. The most effective way to achieve this is to target growth in the primary sector job base.
A primary sector employer can be a large manufacturing company with thousands of jobs, a sole proprietor or anything in between -- as long as they are infusing new money into the local economy. Traditionally, primary sector employers are manufacturers, agricultural or mining firms; however, today some service companies and business support firms, such as call centers, regional administrative support or large distribution companies meet the criteria to be classified as primary employers.
Sales of a primary employers' products or services result in dollars that are infused back to the local economy as salaries for the company's employees and purchases for supplies made by the business. This economic activity is essential in providing support to local retail, service and professional economic sectors.