Economic development

Has snowy winter delivered economic rebound from 416 Fire?

A wet winter is helping jump-start the Durango economy after the 416 Fire. Deep snow is drawing more skiers and snowboarders this winter to Purgatory Resort compared with last year, and more...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County hires new planning director

New Montezuma County Planning Director Don Haley has a background in the construction business and is a longtime local. Haley studied construction management at Colorado State University, and has...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

County reconsiders new septic regulations

Montezuma County Commissioners are reconsidering a new regulation they previously approved that prevents nonfunctioning septic systems. The commissioners voted 3-0 to put a six-month moratorium on...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County’s hopes for solar power begin to dim

Three years ago, Montezuma County began an economic development campaign to attract large-scale solar farms. And while there has been progress, hurdles remain. In 2015, county commissioners rolled...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Did Hickenlooper’s rural jobs plan have an impact?

In his first few state of the state addresses, Colorado’s outgoing Gov. John Hickenlooper didn’t mention rural Colorado much. That changed over the years, and especially in his last annual address...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

La Plata County Economic Development Alliance looking for new leader

Roger Zalneraitis, who has led the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance for eight years, has accepted an offer to become economic development manager for the Permanent Fund of the Southern...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Construction underway on residential neighborhood in Grandview area

Construction crews have been moving dirt in the Grandview area in preparation for a large development that will change the face of the commercial corridor. Developers plan to put 61 single-family...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Study: Short-lived economic hit from wildfires

A Fort Lewis College professor has some hopeful news to those worried about the economic impact of wildfires: At least in Southwest Colorado, past fires have had limited and short-lived impacts. In...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cheaper health insurance options discussed at forum

Options exist for small businesses looking to escape increasingly unaffordable health insurance on the Western Slope, and a forum held Wednesday explored some lesser-known ways businesses might use...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Commissioners approve new gravel pit near Bondad

La Plata County commissioners approved a new gravel mine south of Durango near Bondad on Tuesday. Since 2014, Crossfire Aggregate Services , under an agreement with the Bonds family, has attempted...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hunt is on for industrial, office space in La Plata County

In an effort to help existing businesses expand and to attract new firms, an inventory of light industrial and office space available for lease or purchase is being compiled in La Plata County....

DATE: Nov. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Southwest Colorado tourism industry borrows battlefield acronym to describe tough year

IGNACIO – The past year in Southwest Colorado has been tough for the tourism industry. Perhaps not as brutal as a Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan, but brutal enough that regional business leaders...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

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