Economic policy

How many hotel rooms in Durango are too much?

Durango’s lodging industry is looking at ways to make room for 475 new hotel rooms that will come online in the next 1½ to two years. “It’s scary as a lodger. It’s too much, too soon, but at the...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Minimum wage increase unlikely to boost pay for many Durangoans

The minimum wage in Colorado increased from $9.30 to $10.20 an hour on New Year’s Day, but it is unlikely to change pay for many employees in Durango, where the entry-level wage for a job is higher...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

County commercial building permits trend down over decade

It’s getting harder for businesses to find space at a time when the La Plata County needs to be broadening its tax base. Since the 1980s, the number of permits for new commercial buildings in...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo Nation faces possible plant, mine closure

PAGE, Ariz. – Communities on the Navajo Nation are bracing for the economic fallout from the possible shutdown of a coal-fired power plant. Closing the Navajo Generating Station and a coal mine...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

La Plata County economy could face challenges in 2017

La Plata County’s economy will likely face some challenges in the coming year, but the state is looking forward to continued strong growth. “There could be some downward pressure – I wouldn’t go so...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

State touts Durango as a model of economic resiliency

Durango is a model of economic resiliency for other rural towns because of its quality of life, economic diversity and leadership, among other factors. A report by the Colorado Office of Economic...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Yellen offers subtle change to outlook

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen offered a subtle change to her outlook from less than a week ago, saying she and her colleagues were on watch for whether, rather than when, the U.S. economy...

DATE: June 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Economic outlook for La Plata County relatively stable

DENVER – The Gold King Mine spill in August will likely have little fiscal impact on La Plata County, according to a Colorado economic outlook report presented Monday. The annual study, conducted...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tribes impact state’s economy

DENVER – A recent analysis highlights a significant statewide economic impact by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, both in Southwest Colorado. The tribes – along with...

DATE: July 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drug-testing firm a beacon

Industries that can thrive anywhere are ideal for growing La Plata County’s economy. Tech industries, engineering companies and film-production companies are some of the primary employers that can...

DATE: July 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Cortez considers removing dangerous, blighted properties

The city of Cortez is exploring the possibility of budgeting funds in 2016 to demolish blighted and abandoned properties that pose a public safety threat. At the July 13 Cortez City Council...

DATE: July 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gas panel supports planning

Several members of the Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force have voiced preliminary support for master planning in populated areas where industry development is a new phenomenon. After a marathon...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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