Economic development

Film industry providing economic boost for Silverton

A movie about the 1925 diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska, and the subsequent serum run by a dog sled team was filmed in Silverton last spring. “The Great Race” is scheduled to be released in...

DATE: April 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango starts planning for Ewing Mesa

Ewing Mesa could be home to a music venue, trails, campsites and other attractions, in addition to the planned multiuse events center. The city will host its first public meeting dedicated to...

DATE: April 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-density development a possibility on property east of Elmore’s Corner

A longtime La Plata County ranching family is considering building a high-density residential and commercial development on 700 acres along U.S. Highway 160 between Durango and Bayfield. The...

DATE: March 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County sees increase in applications for development projects

Unprecedented growth in La Plata County is on the horizon after property owners and developers have swooped in months before the county plans to adopt new land-use codes. And the result, county...

DATE: March 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study examines economic impact of marijuana in La Plata County

Marijuana sales totaled $27.7 million in La Plata County in 2016, generating $36.9 million in economic output and 351 jobs, according to a study released last week by Local First. The impetus for...

DATE: March 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

The Bookcase & Barber to add bar, maintain Gatsby atmosphere

Beau and Jenna Black, owners of The Bookcase & Barber, a Prohibition-era themed bar and barbershop, will add a new bar and 20 more seats. “It will allow us to expand the size of private parties we...

DATE: March 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Four Corners group advocates for economic alliance across region

FARMINGTON – When Arvin Trujillo thinks about his kids, it focuses his mind on creating a regional economic alliance across the Four Corners, including tribal entities, to boost prosperity for all....

DATE: March 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Cannabis industry is an economic engine in Durango

It turns out the song “Legalize It” by Peter Tosh, which hints at the financial benefits of legalized marijuana, got it pretty much spot on. City councilors, economic leaders and industry...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County manufacturers look to form a business alliance

Can La Plata County become a manufacturing hub to rival the great manufacturing centers of the Rust Belt? Well, probably not. But a budding effort to create better networking among the region’s...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Silverton works to diversify its winter economy beyond skiers

Residents of Silverton are getting creative to diversify the town’s tenuous winter tourism economy, especially because this year’s abysmally dry and warm season has hit local mainstays hard. “For...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sen. Cory Gardner’s bill aids rural broadband development

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of senators, including Cory Gardner, introduced a bill that would expand broadband in rural areas where the internet access is either slow or inaccessible. Gardner,...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program boosts 5 regional firms

Five new businesses have been selected to participate in a business-accelerator program that has helped seed 19 different Southwest Colorado firms with $4.7 million in investments and created 75...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business