Economic development

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

Local First, city of Durango leading effort to establish a creative district

Work is underway to establish a state-certified creative district in Durango that could draw in additional tourists and help build the local economy. A creative district certification could...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Author and activist Chuck Collins to address inequality

The growing problem of inequality nationally and how to solve it will be the focus of three upcoming talks. Inequality expert and activist Chuck Collins is the great-grandson of meat-packer Oscar...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Registration underway for 12th annual Economic Summit

A University of Chicago professor and entrepreneur will discuss leadership and a panel of local tourism industry leaders will discuss resiliency in the wake of a tough year at the 12th annual...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango gives initial nod to tiny home village

A community of tiny homes may sprout next year in Durango, as a proposal to build 22 of them on 1.77 acres has gained support from city leaders. City councilors approved a preliminary plan for an...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Who’s behind the murals going up around Durango?

Art matters for Hayley Kirkman, and that’s pretty evident around Durango. Murals popping up around town, first on the side of Durango Joe’s on College Drive and now behind Kroegers Ace Hardware ...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Most fault road access to Village at Wolf Creek, others see economic potential

A majority of people who weighed in on the U.S. Forest Service granting the Village at Wolf Creek road access opposed the decision, citing many faults with the proposed resort atop Wolf Creek Pass....

DATE: Sept. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is a conference center worth the expense?

In the end, building a conference center requires a leap of faith and acceptance of a certain amount of risk. A group of Durango business and economic leaders want to make the leap. Rod Barker,...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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