Economic development

Train owner floats new idea for conference center near Buckley Park

Al Harper is adding another idea to decades-old conversation about building a conference, arts and cultural center in Durango. The owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad envisions...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 hours 23 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Small-business grant awarded to San Juan County

San Juan County has received a state grant for about $20,000 to help small businesses in Silverton. The Blueprint 2.0 grant will be used to create a Certified Small Business Community in...

DATE: July 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke confirms move of BLM headquarters out West

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is moving ahead on relocating the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters to an undetermined location in the West, members of Colorado’s congressional...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Pitch made for downtown arts and events center

The desire to build an arts, conference and events center in downtown Durango is gaining new steam from residents, who say the need is real and the potential economic impact would be a boon....

DATE: July 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Could Bureau of Land Management call La Plata County home?

The Bureau of Land Management is considering moving its headquarters out of Washington, D.C., and Grand Junction has been among the leaders looking to lure the office. But La Plata County may enter...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Hunt is on for firms looking to move to Durango

For the first time in at least a decade, an effort will be made to attract new businesses to Durango – specifically back-office operations for firms such as human resource departments, auditing...

DATE: June 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Six new hotels planned for Durango

Durango appears on the cusp of experiencing a hotel boom, with six proposed lodges in the planning process that would add up to 450 rooms to the town. The boom comes shortly after the completion of...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Direct-care health plan aids small manufacturers in Durango area

Like many small-business owners, Laurie Sigillito struggled to provide a health care option for her nine employees at FastSigns. After searching for alternatives beyond major medical plans, which...

DATE: May 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

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