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Colorado Employment Situation – June 2022

Colorado Employment Situation – June 2022

    Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.4% in June; 4,500 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Added   Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point in June to 3.4 percent. This marks the lowest rate since February 2020, when it was 2.8 percent. The national […]

Colorado Employment Situation – May 2022

Colorado Employment Situation – May 2022

  Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.5% in May; 5,400 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Added   Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point in May to 3.5 percent. This marks the lowest rate since February 2020, when it was 2.8 percent. The national unemployment […]

Lasley named Dean of Academic Services for Lamar Community College

Lasley named Dean of Academic Services for Lamar Community College

    (Lamar, Colo.) – Lamar Community College (LCC) has filled another leadership position, naming Kyle Lasley as Dean of Academic Services. Lasley is principal of Springfield Junior/Senior High School in Springfield, Colo., a position he has held for the past five years. He previously served as school guidance counselor and Assessment Coordinator with Springfield […]

Wiley Appoints Dr. Bryan Akins as Superintendent

Wiley Appoints Dr. Bryan Akins as Superintendent

  WILEY— 6/1/22—It is with pleasure that the Board of Education of Wiley School District announces Dr. Bryan Akins as their choice for Superintendent. “We have considered several outstanding candidates through a competitive selection process and we are looking forward to having Dr. Akins at the helm of Wiley Schools,” says Neil Mauch, President of Wiley Board of […]

Historic Amache Pilgrimage

A rainy, chilly Saturday didn’t deter visitors from attending the annual Camp Amache Pilgrimage in Granada this past Saturday, May 21st, following a two-year gap due to the Covid pandemic.  The recent passage of the Amache National Historic Site Act by President Biden and an opportunity for an in-person visit, brought a strong attendance of […]

Colorado Employment Situation – April 2022

Colorado Employment Situation – April 2022

    14,600 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Added in April; Unemployment Rate Falls Slightly to 3.6%   Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point in April to 3.6 percent. This marks the lowest rate since February 2020, when it was 2.8 percent. The […]

Prowers Economic Prosperity Developing Community Promo Sheet

Prowers Economic Prosperity Developing Community Promo Sheet

  Once upon a time, southeast Colorado had several apparel manufacturing companies for jeans and winter sports.  Inquiries by several communities of interest have indicated a strong desire to re-establish the textile and sewn goods industries in our area.  Supply chain challenges of overseas production and logistics have prompted a resurgence of “Made in USA” […]

Lamar, La Junta and Huerfano Counties Awarded $1.5 million to Advance Environmental Cleanups

Lamar, La Junta and Huerfano Counties Awarded $1.5 million to Advance Environmental Cleanups

  DENVER – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced southern Colorado communities will receive $1.5 million to advance the cleanup and revitalization of priority sites. Huerfano County Economic Development, the City of Lamar and the City of La Junta will each receive $500,000 to conduct community-wide Brownfields assessments. “With this funding, southern Colorado communities will […]

Regional collaboration one of the keys to progress, says SCEDD Executive Director

Regional collaboration one of the keys to progress, says SCEDD Executive Director

  By Eric Gubelman, Executive Director – Southern Colorado Economic Development District There are about to be 84 “flowers” blooming in the six county region known as the southeastern plains. These “flowers” are housing units—17 single-family units and 34 duplexes–designed and built by High Prairie Homes. A southeast plains housing committee selected them in a […]

Amache Potential Highlighted at PEP Annual Meeting

Amache Potential Highlighted at PEP Annual Meeting

    John Hopper, Granada Dean of Students, provided details on the recent efforts that transformed the World War Two Japanese-American Internment Camp Amache into National Park status.  Hopper was the keynote speaker during the Prowers Economic Prosperity annual meeting held at the End of the Line Arena on the Camp property this past Thursday, […]

Colorado Employment Situation – March 2022

Colorado Employment Situation – March 2022

  5,800 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Added in March; Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.7%   According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point in March to 3.7 percent. This marks the lowest rate since February 2020, when it was 2.8 percent. The national unemployment rate declined two-tenths […]

Colorado Employment Situation – February 2022

Colorado Employment Situation – February 2022

  Unemployment Rate Falls to 4.0%; Total Nonfarm Employment Returns to Pre-Pandemic Level Household survey data: According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.0 percent in February from 4.2 percent, as revised, in January. Colorado’s unemployment rate of 4.0 percent marks the lowest level since it was 2.8 percent […]

PEP Gets Update on Essential Housing Initiative

PEP Gets Update on Essential Housing Initiative

  March 23rd was the deadline for buyers to sign up for SCEDD administrated, workforce housing contracts in southeast Colorado under a multi-county initiative impacting Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers counties.  Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development (SECED) Executive Director, Stephanie Gonzales, provided Prowers Economic Prosperity board members with a progress report on signees during […]

City Council's Cooperative Meeting

City Council’s Cooperative Meeting

  The Lamar City Council hosted their La Junta counterparts to an informal luncheon meeting this past Wednesday, March 16th, comparing notes on municipal problems, solutions and opportunities to combine efforts for shared projects. Lamar Mayor, Kirk Crespin, welcomed the La Junta delegation, saying this would be an opportunity to compare ideas on some future […]

President Biden Designates Amache National Historic Site as America’s Newest National Park

President Biden Designates Amache National Historic Site as America’s Newest National Park

WASHINGTON — President Biden signed the Amache National Historic Site Act today, designating the Amache site in Granada, Colorado as part of the National Park System. This designation, the first in the National Park System during this Administration, will permanently protect the site for future generations and will help tell the history of Japanese American […]