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Lamar Redevelopment Authority Provides Funding for New Business

Lamar Redevelopment Authority Provides Funding for New Business

  The City of Lamar and various interests in Prowers County, including PEP, have taken some aggressive steps in 2016 and this year, to develop and sustain business development and retention in the local communities. One of these was last year’s hiring of Buxton by the City of Lamar, a research and marketing firm which, […]

WIFE Hosts Ag Meeting at Lamar Community Building April 13th

WIFE Hosts Ag Meeting at Lamar Community Building April 13th

  Southeast Colorado was well represented at the National Agriculture Week in Washington DC, (March 20 – 24, 2017), by WIFE members Korry Lewis (Kim, CO), Elisabeth Erickson-Noe (LaJunta, CO), Jillane Hixson (Lamar, CO) and  Kerry Lewis Froese (Cheraw, CO).   Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE), a national organization with members in twelve states;  met […]

Southern Colorado Economic Development Summary

Southern Colorado Economic Development Summary

The 2017 CEDS, available on the Prowers County website, offers specific information on county demographics. This includes population and income trends for residents, climate and cultural information and assessments for such areas as housing, education, infrastructure and industry sectors.  It’s an analysis which also shows or strengths and weaknesses for economic growth and provides information […]

Colorado Employment Situation:  February 2017

Colorado Employment Situation: February 2017

Employers in Colorado added 2,000 nonfarm payroll jobs from January to February for a total of 2,631,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 4,900 and government decreased 2,900. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from January to February at 2.9 percent. The number […]

Lamar Chamber Merchant Networking Highlights Spring Season

Lamar Chamber Merchant Networking Highlights Spring Season

Lamar residents will see some minor changes for Chamber of Commerce activities this spring. Some small alterations are on the local menu for the annual Spring Fling, the Lamar Days Events and a new chamber enhanced membership benefits package was discussed during the merchants networking night, Tuesday, March 14th.  The monthly get-together is held the […]

J & S Graphic Designs, Open for Business

J & S Graphic Designs, Open for Business

  J & S Graphic Designs, located at 109 West Lee #4 in the Village Shopping Center, is now open for business and was paid a recent visit by members of the Lamar Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Honkers to mark the occasion. J & S Graphic Designs offers screen printings, heat press or embroidery […]

Depperschmidt Begins Position with PEP

Depperschmidt Begins Position with PEP

“We’re excited to be at this point with Eric joining us as the new Executive Director for Prowers Economic Prosperity, (PEP)”, stated Rick Robbins, President of the county economic development organization, during the Tuesday, March 7th board meeting. Eric Depperschmidt, who hails from Ness and Finney Counties in Kansas, was the last applicant for the […]

CO Energy Office Allows $750K for USDA Ag Industry

CO Energy Office Allows $750K for USDA Ag Industry

DENVER — March 2, 2017 — The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, today released $750,000 in project assistance funds through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries and cold storage facilities. The […]

Hemp in Agriculture, Part ll

Hemp in Agriculture, Part ll

This is the second article in The Prowers Journal relating to a Hemp Road Show held February 25th at Lamar Community College. The program offered three speakers who described the history of hemp agriculture and production in the U.S. and its recent resurgence in the farming community. The first article focused on the mechanics and […]

Lamar Chamber and Honkers Visit Two-in-One Lamar Business

Lamar Chamber and Honkers Visit Two-in-One Lamar Business

With one stop, shoppers can visit either Black Wolfe Clothing Company or Uniquely Creative Designs, both owned and operated by Andy and Diana Woller at 108 North Main Street in Lamar. The Lamar Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Honkers paid them a visit during their Grand Opening and special sales event day on Friday, February […]

Lamar Council Continues to Remove 'Blight'/Unsafe Residences

Lamar Council Continues to Remove ‘Blight’/Unsafe Residences

In a continuing effort to alleviate blight in local neighborhoods, the Lamar City Council approved and adopted a resolution to condemn the property at 315 North 12th Street in Lamar during their regular meeting, Monday, February 27th.   The council was informed that efforts to have the property taken care of have failed with the owner […]

Honkers Visit Smitty’s Body Shop Grand Opening

Honkers Visit Smitty’s Body Shop Grand Opening

Smitty’s Auto Body shop is now open for business at 6941 U.S. Highway 50 in Lamar and members of the Lamar Chamber of Commerce and Lamar Honkers paid them a welcoming visit this past Saturday, February 25th. Smitty’s Auto Body is a full service operation, offering free estimates on body work from minor dents to […]

Sears Hometown and Outlet Looks at Lamar, CO for New Location

Sears Hometown and Outlet Looks at Lamar, CO for New Location

National Retailer Seeks Local Entrepreneur or Independent Retailer to Bring the Sears Hometown Store Format to the Local Area  Lamar (01/21/2017)   Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) is looking to fill the void in the Lamar community. The Company, which separated from Sears Holdings Corporation in 2012, is seeking entrepreneurs or independent retailers […]

USDA TO SURVEY FARMERS’ PLANTING INTENTIONS FOR 2017

USDA TO SURVEY FARMERS’ PLANTING INTENTIONS FOR 2017

  DENVER, CO – What is on the horizon for U.S. farmers in 2017 as they finalize plans for planting this spring? The March Agricultural Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey approximately 84,000 of the nation’s farmers to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season. […]

Simply Fit Board, from QVC to ABC’s 20/20

Simply Fit Board, from QVC to ABC’s 20/20

It’s been a busy year for Linda Clark and her daughter, Gloria Hollman, since their November 6, 2015 appearance on Shark Tank, the ABC award winning show where entrepreneurs pitch their products to investors, the sharks, to try to get a deal. The Simply Fit Board, created by Gloria and Linda, has seen sales skyrocket […]