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PCDI – RIP, PEP is Ready to Go

PCDI – RIP, PEP is Ready to Go

PCDI, Prowers County Development Incorporated, was officially put to rest Thursday, September 15th prior to a public presentation of a new name and a new direction for the organization.   Formed about thirty years ago to help stimulate job growth in the county by way of bringing new business to the area or by expanding existing […]

Buxton Company Hired to Analyze Local Marketing and Buying Trends

Buxton Company Hired to Analyze Local Marketing and Buying Trends

One of the tasks PCDI/PEP has taken on is to use the PUMA, Progressive Urban Management Associates, study of Prowers County to induce businesses to select local communities as a future business opportunity. PCDI/PEP has also purchased a prominent page position in the nationally distributed Site Selection magazine to advertise the county as a business […]

City: Have Trailer, Will Sell

City: Have Trailer, Will Sell

The City of Lamar came into the unintentional possession of a trailer after the Lamar Police Department towed a semi-truck which was parked in violation of city ordinances. A trucking company retrieved their tractor, but left the trailer.  Police Chief Kyle Miller explained that despite a pretty intensive search for over a half year, his […]

Economic Development Recommendations from PUMA for Prowers County

Economic Development Recommendations from PUMA for Prowers County

By mid-September, representatives from PUMA, Progressive Urban Management Associates, will return to Lamar to offer their final presentation for economic growth to PCDI, Prowers County Development Incorporated. PUMA is completing a $50,000, eight month assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of economic potential for Prowers County communities.  Their draft assessment, presented in July, provided job […]

PCDI Prepares for Final Meeting with Advisory Group

PCDI Prepares for Final Meeting with Advisory Group

Prowers County Development Incorporated board members held a brief monthly meeting in open session as they reviewed the agenda for their September 15th briefing with Progressive Urban Management Associates.   This meeting will finalize the eight month contract with the advisory group which developed a 72 page economic assessment and an outline of recommendations for potential […]

LUB Considers Finances, New Members and Donations

LUB Considers Finances, New Members and Donations

Lamar Utility Board members discussed aspects of Light Plant finance during their meeting on Tuesday, August 23rd.  The slim agenda covered the July financial report as well as the System Operating report, a brief overview of the pending 2017 budget and the three applications received for board membership, to replace former member Rick Beard. Light Plant […]

County/City of Lamar Receives PCDI-PEP Talk

Board members of PCDI/PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity, have been busy since the middle of July, seeking funding for the next three years from the private/business/banking sectors of Prowers County. According to Rick Robbins and Aaron Leiker, President and Vice-President of PEP, they have been meeting with success in their endeavors, so far, raising a three-year […]

PCDI Begins to Focus on Short Term Financial Goals

PCDI Begins to Focus on Short Term Financial Goals

Prowers County Development Incorporated (PCDI) has until mid-September before the economic advisory group, PUMA, Progressive Urban Management Associates, returns to the county to present its final review of suggested changes to the local organization. PUMA will finalize its eight month study of the local county economy and make proposals for changes in PCDI; board membership […]

Rewards Can Arrive on Two Wheels

Rewards Can Arrive on Two Wheels

Several youngsters were seen riding bikes along South Main Street in Lamar a few days ago. They probably had smiles on their faces.  They were riding brand new bikes that they had just put together for themselves earlier that afternoon. “These are Debrosa bikes, valued at around $450 each for the BMX type and they […]

PCDI Transitioning to PEP

PCDI Transitioning to PEP

Prowers County Economic Development will undergo a change by mid-September to become PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity.  This will be more than just a name change, according to Rick Robbins, PCDI President, and Brad Segal, the President of Progressive Urban Management Associates, a study group that has been contracted by PCDI and joint funded by the […]

Council Approves Replacement Equipment for Fire Department

Council Approves Replacement Equipment for Fire Department

The council authorized the purchase of a breathing air compressor with fill station for the Lamar Fire Department. Chief Burkhart explained that the current model, now 21 years old, has a failed compressor and will no longer charge the breathing apparatus used by the department.  The item, estimated at $51,502 is not a budgeted item […]

PCDI Commits to Community Marketing Investment

PCDI Commits to Community Marketing Investment

PCDI, Prowers County Development Incorporated, is investing in the economic growth of the community to the tune of $10,000. The funds will be used to purchase a two page display advertisement in siteselection.com, a publication which is considered the ‘bible’ for companies looking for a suitable location in which to develop a business interest. The […]

PUMA Details Early Economic Survey, Requests More Responses

PUMA Details Early Economic Survey, Requests More Responses

Prowers County representatives and PCDI Board members received a preliminary overview of the economic study recently conducted by PUMA, Progressive Urban Management Associates, on the last day of their most recent visit, Wednesday, May 25th.  “We’re at the mid-way point of our mission with you,” explained Brad Segal, President of the economic development firm hired […]

Lodging Panel Funds Cowboy Up at the Wagons Event

Lodging Panel Funds Cowboy Up at the Wagons Event

Members of the Prowers County Lodging Panel approved one request for marketing funds during their May 17th meeting and tabled three others for future discussion. The 3rd annual Cowboy Up at the Wagons event, held at the End of the Line Arena in Camp Amache in Granada, was granted the $3,000 request to cover advertising […]

PCDI Overview on Economic Potential

PCDI Overview on Economic Potential

  There was a light agenda for the PCDI monthly meeting, Tuesday, April 26th.  The Prowers County Development Incorporated (PCDI) board was updated on a new business development in Lamar.  Angie Cue, Lamar’s Community Development Director, summarized the efforts of Nebraska Midwest Medical Transport to establish a satellite office, their first venture into Colorado. “The […]