Economic survey available from state
Gov. John Hickenlooper created several initiatives to address getting the states economy growing again.
One of these initiatives is for each county in Colorado to prepare an economic-development plan by April 15. La Plata County is working on this plan, but the success is dependent on input from as many businesses and residents as possible. The state has created a survey for residents to fill out. This survey is brief and will help the county and state identify the best ways to get the economy growing again.
A link to the survey can be found on the La Plata Economic Development Alliance website at www.yeslpc.com.
Local dog trainer to offer advice
Creature Comforts will host Ask the Trainer with local dog trainer Gail Gardner from 9 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 26 and from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. April 9 at Creature Comforts in the Centennial Center.
Gardner will answer questions about training issues with puppies or adult dogs. She has more than 30 years of experience in dog training, competes with her dogs in obedience and agility, and her dogs are certified therapy dogs. Participants may bring their dogs.
For more information, call 247-5350 or 247-2748.
Marketing workshop to be held in Pagosa
A Marketing for Smarties Challenge will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. March 24, April 14, April 28 and May 19 at the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce.
The workshop will guide participants through a simple, straightforward development program. The cost is $149.
To register, call 247-7009, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.colora dosbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=170310043. Scholarships are available.
Vectra Bank grant funds Cortez housing
Vectra Bank Colorado has been awarded a $144,000 affordable-housing grant to help build a new development for low- to moderate-income families.
FHLBank awarded the grant through its Affordable Housing Program. The city of Cortez has a shortage of multifamily housing, and the Housing Authority of the County of Montezuma has an affordable-housing waiting list of more than 175 qualified low-income applicants. Vectra Bank Colorado hopes to help address this community need by building the Brubaker Place Apartment project.
For more information, visit www.vectrabank.com.
LPEA takes applicants for rural use program
La Plata Electric Association is accepting applications from rural small businesses primarily irrigators and water companies in La Plata and Archuleta counties interested in taking an active role in reducing their energy usage and costs.
Applications can be downloaded at www.lpea.coop. LPEA is the recipient of a $100,000 USDA-Rural Development Grant to assist in financial support in the Rural Energy for America Program. The program is designed to promote energy efficiency in small businesses, as well as provide information for renewable-energy options.
For more information, call Sue Maxwell at 382-7170 or e-mail email@example.com.
To receive ongoing e-mail notification about the program, visit www.lpea.coop, click on the e-mail sign-up box and opt for USDA Grant for Energy Assessment and Renewables.
4CORE to host Cortez office grand opening
The Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE) is expanding to include an office in the Wilson Building, 10 W. Main St., Suite 110, in Cortez.
Staff at this office will serve residents and businesses by providing information about resource efficiency in the Montelores region of Southwest Colorado.
The grand opening will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, food and prizes.
Heather Wyatt, 4CORE program specialist, will staff the office Wednesdays and Fridays as the community energy coordinator for Montezuma and Dolores counties.
For more information, call Wyatt at 799-7718 or visit www.fourcore.org.