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PCDI Plans Future Business Seminars, Annual Meeting

PCDI Plans Future Business Seminars, Annual Meeting

Prior to Executive Director Lance Benninghoff’s resignation announcement to the board members of Prowers County Development Incorporated in executive session, he reviewed some options for guest speakers at the PCDI annual meeting and future business seminar topics. “We might consider moving our annual meeting to Granada or Holly and have Lee Merkel from the Department […]

Benninghoff Resigns from PCDI

Benninghoff Resigns from PCDI

The Prowers County Development Inc Board of Directors accepted the resignation of their Executive Director, Lance Benninghoff, at their monthly board meeting on January 27, 2015.  Lance has taken a position on the Western Slope and will be leaving PCDI on February 6th.  The Directors expressed their appreciation of the efforts that Lance has made […]

Discussion Opens for Possible Lamar Recreation Center

Discussion Opens for Possible Lamar Recreation Center

  Could Lamar support a full-time community recreation center and what would be the best approach to developing one?  These and similar questions were discussed during an initial, exploratory meeting held by Jessica Medina, an employee of High Plains Community Health Center this past Friday, January 16. “We’ve noticed an increased level of interest in […]

Council Interviews Candidates for Ron Cook’s Seat

Council Interviews Candidates for Ron Cook’s Seat

  The Lamar City Council interviewed two candidates, Felix Dias and Jim Faull as a replacement for Councilman Ron Cook for representation of District 3 in the city during the January 12 meeting.    The council had 30 days to advertise for the open seat since Cook tendered a resignation letter as he is moving from […]

PCDI Holds Successful Business Seminar

PCDI Holds Successful Business Seminar

Rick Robbins, Prowers County Development Incorporated President, said there were 65 participants in the fork lift certification seminar held earlier this month at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn.  “We had to have three shifts for the numbers that took part, but we now have 65 certified forklift operators in the county,” he told the PCDI […]

PCDI Plans Business Seminars

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 […]

Council Approves 2015 Budget

Council Approves 2015 Budget

  The Lamar Redevelopment Authority approved a resolution adopting the 2015 budget with revenues and expenditures at $116,700. These funds are generated by Tax Increment Funding from taxable improvements within the Redevelopment District in Lamar. They are set aside as grant donations to help develop new and existing business ventures through the year. On a […]

PCDI Discusses Potential Local Impact of Amendment 68

PCDI Discusses Potential Local Impact of Amendment 68

 Members Feel Weak Reporting Shown from National Papers on S.E. Colorado Business Climate!  Larry Lusher, PCDI board member, commented on a letter sent to Prowers County Development Incorporated, suggesting Prowers County consider re-establishing horse racing at the Gateway race track in Holly. A newspaper clipping highlighting economic growth attributed to casino gambling and an events […]

Finance and Maintenance Discussed by Granada Trustees

Finance and Maintenance Discussed by Granada Trustees

Granada will host an information session on September 19 for a gathering of elected officials and staff from Granada, Holly and the Prowers County Commissioners. Prowers County Development Incorporated Executive Director, Lance Benninghoff, told the Granada Trustees, Wednesday, September 10, DOLA and OEDIT representatives will provide information on how to qualify for a REDI Grant […]

PCDI Discusses Rural Business Loan Sources

PCDI Discusses Rural Business Loan Sources

  Prowers County Development Incorporated has accepted insurance bids from between eight and ten agents in Lamar and Prowers County for the East Washington Street property.  Premiums following roof repairs on one of the warehouses following a summer wind storm have increased significantly and the PCDI board is looking for the best deal.  Board member […]

Lamar Lions & PCDI Joining Forces to Help Vets/Homeless

Lamar Lions & PCDI Joining Forces to Help Vets/Homeless

The Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community in Las Animas will observe this September, its first anniversary of serving the homeless in the state, especially veterans who are in need and are seeking rehabilitation.  Lamar Lions President Ken Callison and Dick Ramsay approached the board members of Prowers County Development Incorporated, seeking to use a vacant portion of […]

Tractor Supply Company Coming to Lamar

Tractor Supply Company Coming to Lamar

Tractor Supply Company has drawn their building permit with the City of Lamar, to take over the former ALCO store at the corner of Savage Avenue and South Main Street.  The company website states it’s currently advertising for a retail store manager.  Lance Benninghoff, Executive Director of Prowers County Development Incorporated and Lamar City Administrator, […]

PCDI Board Briefed on Repowering Project Options

PCDI Board Briefed on Repowering Project Options

  The monthly Prowers County Development Incorporated meeting on June 24th was highlighted by guest, ARPA General Manager, Rick Rigel who briefed PCDI board members on a brief history of events relating to present developments for the future of the Lamar Repowering Project. Rigel has met with representatives from several municipal groups, as well as […]

PMC Immersion Week Underway in Lamar

PMC Immersion Week Underway in Lamar

  Prowers Medical Center is hosting 14 health professional students and two faculty members from the University of Colorado Denver the week of June 16.  The students will learn about various aspects of living in a rural community, as they have expressed an interest in future rural practice locations once they’ve completed their initial medical […]

PCDI Reviews Business Seminars, Discusses Front Range Awareness for Local Businesses

PCDI Reviews Business Seminars, Discusses Front Range Awareness for Local Businesses

“We had a good response on the first round of business meetings,” according to PCDI Executive Director, Lance Benninghoff.   He was summarizing the attendance at the two business oriented sessions held last week at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn, the first of several seminars planned by Prowers County Development Incorporated.  During the monthly board meeting, […]

PCDI Board Discusses Business Seminar Series, Wind Damage to Warehouse Roof

PCDI Board Discusses Business Seminar Series, Wind Damage to Warehouse Roof

  Prowers County Development Incorporated will co-host two different seminars for businesses and the general public in May.  The first will be held May 7 at 7pm at the Cow Palace Inn and will be hosted by Jeff Tranel, a CSU Agricultural and Business Management Economist.  Tranel will offer information to help family-owned farm and […]

Commissioners Pass Resolution on Drought, Common Core

Commissioners Pass Resolution on Drought, Common Core

  Doug Dowler, Executive Director of SCEDD, Southern Colorado Economic Development District, spoke about a three county regional economic assessment that will be conducted this fall.  Dowler was meeting with the Prowers County Commissioners, Thursday, April 24.  “We’re going to assess the economic strengths and weaknesses of the assets found in Prowers, Kiowa and Baca […]

Prowers Lodging Panel Okays Funding for Lamar Days

Prowers Lodging Panel Okays Funding for Lamar Days

    Marketing expenses associated with this year’s Lamar Days, May 16-18, were approved by the Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel during their monthly meeting, Tuesday, March 18.  The three day annual event highlights Lamar’s anniversary and the Lamar Chamber of Commerce was granted $2417.47 of their $2,780 request as the balance, $362.53, was being […]

Rural By Choice-PCDI Annual Meeting

Rural By Choice-PCDI Annual Meeting

  One Prowers County resident was elected to the Prowers County Board of Directors and three current members retained their seats on the board during the annual PCDI meeting on Wednesday, March 5.  Aaron Leiker was elected as a board member-at-large and Debra Choat, John Marrin and Doug Thrall will retain their seats on the […]

PCDI Annual Banquet set for LCC Wellness Center March 5

PCDI Annual Banquet set for LCC Wellness Center March 5

The annual Prowers County Development Incorporated banquet meeting will be held Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30pm at the LCC Wellness Center.  PCDI Executive Director, Lance Benninghoff said the keynote speaker is Marci Penner of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.  Penner will discuss succession planning and how to preserve and sustain rural culture.  Benninghoff said he will […]