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PEP Annual Meeting Set for March 4

PEP Annual Meeting Set for March 4

    The PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity board announced that the “BEAR” is coming and those attending the annual business meeting at the Shore Arts Center on Monday, March 4th, will be introduced to how the four points of the ‘BEAR’ can help augment economic growth in Prowers County. The recent strategic planning meeting held […]

Panel Discusses How to Grow Tourism in Southeast Colorado

Panel Discusses How to Grow Tourism in Southeast Colorado

  The tourist industry in Colorado is growing and motivated local municipal leaders and Prowers County residents are seeking ways to share in that new revenue. SECED, Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development hosted a second meeting at its West Elm Street address this past Wednesday, January 30th to address those concerns.  The first prioritized housing development […]

Discussion Focuses on Lamar Housing Needs

Discussion Focuses on Lamar Housing Needs

  Adequate, affordable housing and job/business growth are intertwined. If Lamar and Prowers County can’t meet future housing needs, the job market and new businesses may not develop in the community.  A lot of rental and ownership properties are sub-standard and out-of-date according to a 2017 study that assessed six counties in southeast Colorado.  These […]

PEP Focus Meeting Prioritizes Housing as Key to County’s Economic Growth

PEP Focus Meeting Prioritizes Housing as Key to County’s Economic Growth

    Almost three years after PCDI, Prowers County Development Incorporated, downsized the number of its board members, hired an executive director and transitioned into PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity, members compared their initial goals to current priorities. This past Friday, January 11th,   working with strategic plan expert, Sheryl Trent, of SBrand Consulting, members conducted a […]

Council Discusses Lamar Housing Status - Growth Potential

Council Discusses Lamar Housing Status – Growth Potential

    The Lamar City Council opened discussions on developing construction for new houses in the city during their January 7th work session.  Available and affordable housing has a direct bearing on business development in Lamar, a point of discussion that has been addressed on numerable occasions by a variety of municipal and civic organizations […]

PEP Board Learns About Planned Lamar-Based Youth Entrepreneurship Fair

PEP Board Learns About Planned Lamar-Based Youth Entrepreneurship Fair

    The approaching November 7th E-Fair was one of two topics presented to board members of Prowers Economic Prosperity during their monthly meeting, held in the Holly Senior Center, Tuesday, September 4th.  The other presentation described the potential financial impact for state and local highway improvements should Proposition 110 pass in the November General […]

PEP Board Concerned Over Potential Loss of Southwest Chief Route

PEP Board Concerned Over Potential Loss of Southwest Chief Route

    Railroad line maintenance costs are playing a major role in continued passenger service for Amtrak’s Southwest Chief which runs through southeast Colorado, connecting a number of small communities in New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas. The economic impact to La Junta, Lamar, Garden City, Kansas and other communities was discussed by Prowers Economic Prosperity […]

Holly Fire and Ambulance Board of Directors Re-Appointed

Holly Fire and Ambulance Board of Directors Re-Appointed

    The Prowers County Commissioners passed a resolution on Monday, June 25th re-appointing the current five members as directors of the Holly Fire and Ambulance District.  They are:  Robert Fletcher, Viola Melcher, Dale Seufer, Thomas Wagner and Janice Weisenhorn.  This act makes the board representation official as there had been no duly elected board […]

PEP Searching for New Headquarters

PEP Searching for New Headquarters

  Prowers Economic Prosperity, PEP, is looking for a new office as their last day at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn will be Friday, January 5th.  Several locations have been considered, according to PEP President, Rick Robbins, during their January 2nd meeting at Las Brisas Restaurant.  He stated a facility that includes a conference room […]

Financing for Hotel Feasibility Study Approved, Las Brisas Granted Liquor License.

Financing for Hotel Feasibility Study Approved, Las Brisas Granted Liquor License.

  The Lamar Redevelopment Authority approved a dollar match of $1,875 with Prowers Economic Prosperity, to help fund a $7,500 hotel feasibility study for Lamar. Angie Cue, Community Development Director, explained that the study will help determine if Lamar can support a second high end motel to attract visitors and travelers as a destination site, […]

Community Strategies Institute (Part 3) : Rental and Housing Recommendations

Community Strategies Institute (Part 3) : Rental and Housing Recommendations

  As part of their study of the housing market in southeast Colorado’s six counties, Community Strategies Institute, (CSI) conducted a comprehensive of the demographics of the region. The study viewed each of the six counties with regard to the number of available units for rent or for sale, wages and income of residents, earning […]

Housing Assessment Information for Southeast Colorado, Part Two

Housing Assessment Information for Southeast Colorado, Part Two

  This article offers additional information on the quality of the housing market in southeast Colorado, a housing needs assessment report prepared for SECED, Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development by the Communities Strategies Institute. The assessment pulled data from various sources, ranging from the U.S. Census and economic development organizations, to statistics provided by realtors, lenders, […]

SECED Report Indicates Need for New/Affordable Housing in Southeast Colorado

SECED Report Indicates Need for New/Affordable Housing in Southeast Colorado

    The quality of the houses on the sale and rental market for the six counties in southeast Colorado is deteriorating and aging. That’s the general summary of a housing needs assessment conducted from July through October, 2017, by the Community Strategies Institute for SECED, Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development.  The overview was presented by […]

Lamar City Council Approves Ordinance for 2018 Budget

Lamar City Council Approves Ordinance for 2018 Budget

  The Lamar City Council, approved on first reading, the ordinance providing for the appropriations of expenditures and revenues for fiscal year, 2018. That action followed a hearing for public comment on the proposed budget. Thirteen areas of finance are considered in the annual budget, ranging from the General Fund which is set at $8,345,031 […]

Buying or Selling a House; How Much and Where?

Buying or Selling a House; How Much and Where?

Jennie Rodgers, from the Community Strategy Institute, toured Baca, Prowers and Kiowa Counties, discussing the current housing markets with municipal leaders as well as local realtors. Following a morning tour of the communities in Prowers County on Wednesday, July 12th, she met with interested parties, at the SECED offices along with Stephanie Gonzales, Executive Director […]