The City of Fort Morgan is a home-rule municipality of approximately 11,000 residents located on the Eastern Plains of Colorado, about 80 miles northeast of Denver. It is the county seat of Morgan County and a commercial, industrial, and recreational hub for Northeast Colorado.
The local economy is based in agriculture and related industries, including a Cargill meat-packing plant that employs 2,000 people, a Leprino Foods cheese factory, a large Dairy Farmers of America milk-processing facility and Erker Grain, which is one of the largest processors of sunflower seeds in the world.
One unique aspect about Fort Morgan is that all utilities are municipally owned and operated, including electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, and sanitation. This not only assures residents of prompt local service and low utility rates, but offers many more employment opportunities than most cities of similar size. The City also manages its numerous parks and open spaces, a library/museum complex, a community swimming pool, the municipal golf course, and the municipal airport.