Economic development

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Colorado Senate panel kills bill seeking to aid rural economies

DENVER – A bill that would have assisted rural communities in wading through the muck of what government assistance was available to them, and how to apply for it, was killed in committee on...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Montezuma County lobbies to reopen Sage Hen campground

Tucked into a secluded cove of McPhee Reservoir lies the once-popular Sage Hen area of the San National Forest.But since it was closed to camping in 2006, the recreation area near Dolores has lost...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ute Mountain casino unveils $5.5 million upgrade

A $5.5 million remodel of the Ute Mountain Casino and hotel in Towaoc was unveiled Dec. 27 during an evening blessing and lighting ceremony. Apprentice General Manager Gary Hayes said it is the...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Retailers must reach buyers outside Cortez to grow

Though total retail sales have increased in Southwest Colorado since 2000, business owners must rely on shoppers from elsewhere, such as tourists and online buyers, to be successful here, according...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Economic development leader Ed Morlan dies

Longtime economic development leader and Bayfield Town Board member Ed Morlan died Tuesday in Durango. Morlan, 66, was having eye surgery on Oct. 31 when he may have suffered a pulmonary embolism,...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Local apples pressed into cider for new market

Local apples were once again pressed into juice for market during a successful pilot project held in a Lebanon orchard last month. The event, sponsored by the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project,...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Workforce development board weighs airport ballot item

Arguments for and against an airport expansion ballot question this fall were presented Wednesday to the Southwest Colorado Workforce Development Board. The ballot measure would raise taxes –...

DATE: July 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Club 20 hosts discussions on internet, health care in Cortez

Telecommunications and broadband internet are high on the agenda for Club 20’s Summer Committee Meetings in Cortez on Thursday and Friday. The meetings open on Thursday at Cortez City Hall, 210 E....

DATE: July 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Economic adviser will help Silverton through mine cleanup

A federal grant will fund an economic development coordinator to help Silverton and San Juan County businesses during the potential Superfund cleanup of historic mines. “They are totally reliant on...

DATE: May 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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New business park is focus of La Plata study

What would a business park do for La Plata County, and can it be built? Those are the questions that will be answered when the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance’s hired consultants...

DATE: April 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Sheek, Keel easily win council; Miller, Carlson also are in

Karen Sheek, Ty Keel, Tim Miller and Jill Carlson are the winners of the Cortez City Council election. Sheek and Keel, who were both re-elected, took 1,012 and 977 votes, respectively. Miller had...

DATE: April 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Behind the data: Montezuma County needs Internet to grow

“What is economic development?” When asked that question, most people will give you different answers.From a policy perspective, economic development can be defined as efforts that seek to improve...

DATE: April 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business