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PEP Hosts Clean Energy Representative

PEP Hosts Clean Energy Representative

    Mike Kruger of Colorado Solar and Storage Association was a Zoom guest for the monthly Prowers Economic Prosperity meeting, Monday, August 15th. Kruger’s pinpoint media presentation stated that at least half of the new electricity generated in the country in 2022 will be from solar, wind and battery storage.  He was optimistic about […]

PEP Explores Video Promotion Grant

PEP Explores Video Promotion Grant

    Prowers Economic Prosperity board members heard a presentation on available grants and programs from Greg Thomason, a senior program manager for OEDIT, State Office of Economic Development and International Trade.  Thomason serves 20 counties in southeast Colorado as a Rural Opportunity Representative.  Thomason outlined several grant programs, one of interest to PEP from […]

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” […]

PEP Board to Assist Local Alternative Education Project

PEP Board to Assist Local Alternative Education Project

  PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity board members, have been asked to consider assisting a three-year, grant-funded collaborative venture bringing businesses and students together for the benefit of each.  Anthony LaTour, Alternative Education Coordinator for the Lamar Re-2 school district, proposed the concept to the PEP board during its May 16th monthly meeting. “We’re looking at […]

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, […]

Prowers Economic Prosperity Annual Meeting on April 21st

Prowers Economic Prosperity Annual Meeting on April 21st

    John Hopper, Dean of Students at the Granada School District, is the keynote speaker for the annual Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) meeting set for 6pm on Thursday, April 21st, at the End of the Line Arena at Camp Amache in Granada.  Hopper’s efforts in documenting and preserving the heritage and legacy of the […]

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 […]

PEP Board Receives Overview of DoLA for Southeast Region

PEP Board Receives Overview of DoLA for Southeast Region

    Tara Marshall, the Southeast Regional Director for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, was invited to brief the Prowers Economic Board of Directors on various financing programs made available to communities around the state. “Most states don’t have a DoLA department,” she explained during the February 28th monthly meeting, adding, “The Colorado Constitution […]

PEP Plans to Add Capacity with Associate Director

PEP Plans to Add Capacity with Associate Director

  Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) has announced that will begin a search for an Associate Director.  The quest for a dynamic individual with a commitment to rural communities who is interested in learning and growing with PEP to increase economic prosperity and wellbeing for Prowers County and its cities, towns, business community, and citizens begins […]

PEP Board Receives 2021 Summary

PEP Board Receives 2021 Summary

    The need for new housing construction and renovation will remain the primary goal for Prowers Economic Prosperity, the economic development organization which serves the county.  Executive Director, Cheryl Sanchez provided an overview of notable developments for 2021 for board members during their monthly meeting on Monday, January 17th at their South Main Street […]

SCEDD is Growing!

SCEDD is Growing!

This month, we are pleased to introduce Cheryl Sanchez, as a part time SCEDD (Southern Colorado Economic Development District) staffer. Cheryl will be co-direct the Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP). Cheryl is the Economic Development director for Prowers Economic Prosperity, and Baca County, and she brings decades of community college and SBDC experience with her, […]

Wiley Developments Highlighted at PEP Board Meeting

Wiley Developments Highlighted at PEP Board Meeting

    Prowers Economic Prosperity have been highlighting new developments in member communities during their monthly meetings.  Board member, Allen Campbell and Mayor of Wiley, noted the new Best Wholesale flooring business on Main Street held an open house recently and the Cornerstone Restaurant is open under new management/ownership by David and Amy Carr.  “A […]

Community Development Highlighted at PEP Meetings

Community Development Highlighted at PEP Meetings

    Prowers County communities are being given the opportunity to highlight economic developments for the next several months during Prowers Economic Prosperity board meetings.  While the PEP board continues to focus on essential care housing in the county, other areas of growth are being highlighted in a new series of programs, according to Dr. […]

PEP Approves Wiley Clinic Matching Funds

PEP Approves Wiley Clinic Matching Funds

  A new medical clinic, opening in Wiley, received matching funds of $5,000 from Prowers Economic Prosperity (PEP) after board members voted to approve the money which will be coupled with $5,000 from the Wiley Steering Committee.  The incentive funds will help pay for remodeling the facility which will be a small, single provider, family […]

Scooter's, New Addition to Lamar's Retail Offerings

Scooter’s, New Addition to Lamar’s Retail Offerings

  Scooter’s Coffee, at 1231 North Main Street in Lamar, made its opening in Lamar official this morning, September 10th with a ceremonial ribbon cutting attended by franchise representatives, owner Dale Willhite and family, county and city representatives, the Lamar Chamber of Commerce as well as members of local economic development organizations. Lamar Mayor, Kirk […]