PCDI Plans Business Seminars


Several topics for future business seminar have been suggested by Prowers County Development Incorporated board members. Executive Director Lance Benninghoff and board president, Rick Robbins presented an overview for the Lamar City Council this past Monday evening, October 27, highlighting a November 13 seminar for OSHA certification for forklift operators.

The discussion among PCDI board members continued during their monthly meeting Tuesday morning. Other topics that are under development include: Drug Use on the Job, a general Employee Policy Manual, Sexual Harassment, Employee Practices – Department of Labor and Customer Service.  There are no set dates for future seminars beyond the one scheduled for November 13.  The cost is $50 and two courses will be held between 10am and 3pm including classroom instruction, an exam and hands-on training at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn parking lot.

Benninghoff explained how a business owner could save taking a local course, “The Lamar course saves the cost of time and travel for employees and depending on where an out-of-town session is held, even meals or motel costs. At the same time, your business won’t have to send just a few employees on a lengthy trip when they can plan to attend one of two sessions locally.”

Ron Cook suggested Haz-Mat training, “We have a new Colorado State Police captain in Lamar, and I know he’d be interested in holding a session.” Board member, Aaron Leiker, added to that, saying a session could be broadened to interest anyone in the agricultural field, as farmers and ranchers handle chemicals throughout the year.

There was no response from local realtors regarding a Request for Proposal to represent the PCDI East Washington Street warehouses which have been on the market for several years. Several businesses, including the local branch of the Colorado State Patrol, are renting office space and the board’s executive session included discussion of a potential new renter.  PCDI president, Rick Robbins, said the board may advertise for another RFP at a later date.

Benninghoff announced that both Granada and Holly have been approved for a state funded REDI Grant, a rural economic development program that is a technical assistant grant. The funding will help pay for infrastructure studies for the two communities for improvements to their water and utility systems and assist with future housing needs for each community.

By Russ Baldwin

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