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Trustees Working to Develop New Housing in Granada

Trustees Working to Develop New Housing in Granada

Lengthy discussion was held by the Granada Trustees during their July 8th meeting on a need for surveyed roads and property in town based on potential future business developments in the community as well as a small housing project. The Trustees held a workshop on July 6th with a developer as well as SECED Executive […]

Prowers Aggregate Donates $100,000 to Kick Start the SE COVID-19 Business Support Fund; Businesses Encouraged to Apply

Prowers Aggregate Donates $100,000 to Kick Start the SE COVID-19 Business Support Fund; Businesses Encouraged to Apply

    Lamar, Colo — The Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development, Inc. (SECED, Inc.), the regional economic development agency representing Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers counties, announced today it has a major donation to jump start its Business Support Fund project to aid local businesses affected by COVID-19. SECED is now encouraging businesses in […]

Prowers Aggregate donates $100,000 to kick start the SE COVID-19 Business Support Fund; Businesses encouraged to apply

Prowers Aggregate donates $100,000 to kick start the SE COVID-19 Business Support Fund; Businesses encouraged to apply

Lamar, Colo — The Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development, Inc. (SECED, Inc.), the regional economic development agency representing Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero and Prowers counties, announced today it has a major donation to jump start its Business Support Fund project to aid local businesses affected by COVID-19. SECED is now encouraging businesses in its six-county […]

Lamar Can Benefit from Switch of Funding Sources for Main Street Projects

Lamar Can Benefit from Switch of Funding Sources for Main Street Projects

    The Lamar City Council decided to go with a different funding source for civic improvement projects during its February 24th meeting. Community Development Director, Angie Cue, explained the estimated duration of the City of Lamar’s Main Street Streetscaping project, estimated at $500,000, could extend into 2023. Local CDOT engineers have expressed concerns that […]

Granada Cancels Trustees Election in April

Granada Cancels Trustees Election in April

    The Granada Trustees passed a resolution during their monthly meeting, Wednesday, February 12th, as the number of candidates equaled the number of open positions. Resolution NO. 2020-002 stated that if there were only candidates for the election to the Town Board for the five offices available and no write-in affidavits of intent had […]

Holly Electric Rates to Remain Unchanged

Holly Electric Rates to Remain Unchanged

    Holly Mayor, Calvin Melcher, cast the tie-breaking vote for Ordinance 530 to prevent the raising of rates and tariffs for municipal electric customers. The four to three split had Trustees Corey Stephens, Jacob Holdren and Joshua Reinert in favor and Larry Sitts, Anthony Moldenhauer and Rod Swisher opposed. The tie was ended with […]

Here’s a Way to Hurt a Community

Here’s a Way to Hurt a Community

One aspect of the difficulties of promoting economic growth for Prowers County, attracting new business and touting the county as a potential new home for future employees came to light during the Prowers Economic Prosperity, PEP, board meeting this past Tuesday, May 7th. Craig Loveless, Chief Executive Officer of Prowers Medical Center, shared a portion […]

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 […]