Economic overview - Three local experts weigh in on La Plata County’s statistics

Economic overview - Three local experts weigh in on La Plata County’s statistics

An artist’s rendering shows the new Mercury Payment Systems building, which will be part of the Mercury Village site created by Russell Planning & Engineering. It emphasizes attention and care toward outdoor amenities and connectivity of the building and site to the natural environment, specifically the river corridor. The building will be respectful of the Animas River user as well as the Animas River Trail user. The buildings can be viewed in the round (no back to the river). The building will include a lower walkout level, which integrates it to the natural grades rather than having it perched on a newly formed hill. The building will be sustainable in nature and sensitive to its use of resources. The project is pursuing LEED Silver certification. One of the most beneficial features for employees is the maximization of day lighting and views, which is also a sustainable feature. Gregg Andrulis of Russell Planning & Engineering said the estimated date for the completion of the Mercury Village site is December 2012, and completion of the Mercury building is October, 2013.
Largest Employers

Southern Ute Indian Tribe 1,500

Mercy Medical Center 625

Durango School District 9-R 544

Fort Lewis College 535

City of Durango 500

Mercury Payment Systems 442

La Plata County 412

Wal-Mart

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Employment in Top 10 Industries

Numbers represent employees and average income.

Government



6,015 $55,270



Retail Trade



3,819 $24,973



Construction



3,728 $44,764



Health Care & Social

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Top 10 Job Occupations

Numbers for business types reflect the number of employees and average wages per year.



Management

3,845 $54,629



Office & Administrative Support



3,434 $30,908



Sales

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Economic overview - Three local experts weigh in on La Plata County’s statistics

An artist’s rendering shows the new Mercury Payment Systems building, which will be part of the Mercury Village site created by Russell Planning & Engineering. It emphasizes attention and care toward outdoor amenities and connectivity of the building and site to the natural environment, specifically the river corridor. The building will be respectful of the Animas River user as well as the Animas River Trail user. The buildings can be viewed in the round (no back to the river). The building will include a lower walkout level, which integrates it to the natural grades rather than having it perched on a newly formed hill. The building will be sustainable in nature and sensitive to its use of resources. The project is pursuing LEED Silver certification. One of the most beneficial features for employees is the maximization of day lighting and views, which is also a sustainable feature. Gregg Andrulis of Russell Planning & Engineering said the estimated date for the completion of the Mercury Village site is December 2012, and completion of the Mercury building is October, 2013.
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