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Where They Stand: Holly & Granada Economic Assessment Report

Where They Stand: Holly & Granada Economic Assessment Report

  A Rural Economic Development grant has financed a study of Holly and Granada to provide an assessment of the current and potential business climate of each community. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs, DOLA and the Colorado Office of Economic Development of International Trade, sponsored the study which was held earlier in the year. […]

PCDI Seeking Partners on PUMA Plan

PCDI Seeking Partners on PUMA Plan

  Additional details about the PUMA, Progressive Urban Management Associates, economic assessment for Prowers County were discussed during the monthly Prowers County Development Incorporated board meeting, December 15th.  Last month the board decided to fund one half of the $50,000 project with $25,000, proceeds derived from the recent sale of the East Washington Street incentive […]

PCDI Should Reflect Unique Offering to Potential Business Developers

PCDI Should Reflect Unique Offering to Potential Business Developers

George Gotto, Interim Executive Director for PCDI, Prowers County Development Incorporated, recapped his visit to the hemp farm that is developing in La Junta during the organization’s monthly meeting. The Whole Hemp Company has 100 acres planted using drip irrigation this year and employs about 30 people. He stated, “They expect to have from 200 […]

Lamar City Council Reviews Job Description for URA Manager

Lamar City Council Reviews Job Description for URA Manager

The Lamar City Council held a work session prior to its regular Monday night meeting on September 28th, covering needed changes for the Community Development and Urban Renewal Manager positions left vacant by the recent departure of Shawna Hodge. City Administrator, John Sutherland, gave the council a one page outline covering the job description. Sutherland […]

PCDI Board Appoints Cindy Otto, Reduces Sale Price of Big R Warehouse

PCDI Board Appoints Cindy Otto, Reduces Sale Price of Big R Warehouse

Cindy Otto of Granada was unanimously voted as a replacement director by the Prowers County Development Incorporated board during Tuesday’s monthly meeting.  Otto is replacing another Granada resident, Deb Choat, who resigned this past spring due to various professional scheduling conflicts.  Otto will assume Choat’s seat for the duration of her term.   The board also […]

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 […]

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 […]

Four Board Positions Opening at PCDI

Four Board Positions Opening at PCDI

  Prowers County Development Incorporated has scheduled its annual meeting/banquet for Wednesday, March 5 at the LCC Wellness Center.  PCDI Executive Director, Lance Benninghoff, said board members decided to make some changes on the way the meeting will be conducted, some of which were brought about by altering some PCDI by-laws.  Those were approved at […]

PCDI Gaining Income on Washington Street Rental Property

PCDI Gaining Income on Washington Street Rental Property

  The Prowers County Development Incorporated board of directors voted to adopt the general operating budget for 2014, as well as the incentives property budget.  Portions of the former Big R warehouse on East Washington Street have been rented over the past several months and a formal annual budget is warranted.  Office space is being […]

Honkers and Chamber Board Welcome New PCDI Director

Honkers and Chamber Board Welcome New PCDI Director

The Lamar Chamber Honkers and Chamber Board members welcomed Lance Benninghoff to Lamar and to his new position as PCDI Director. Benninghoff was recently selected as the new Economic Development Director for Prowers County Development Incorporated. Benninghoff has strong ties to southeast Colorado and was most recently employed as a political analyst for the Department […]

Interviews Begin for New PCDI Executive Director

Interviews Begin for New PCDI Executive Director

  The regular monthly meeting of the Prowers County Development Incorporated board of directors will focus on interviews with candidates for the executive director position.  The executive session meeting, set for Tuesday, August 27, will not have an agenda, as the directors will privately discuss the director position with four candidates, three of whom are […]

Search Narrows for PCDI Economic Development Director

Search Narrows for PCDI Economic Development Director

  The Prowers County Development Incorporated Board of Directors narrowed their list of candidates for a new economic development director from nine to five.  The directors held an executive session on Tuesday, July 9, to review the resumes from the initial nine applicants.  Board president, Marsha Willhite said the five are being notified they have […]

Finances Top PCDI 2013 Priorities

Finances Top PCDI 2013 Priorities

Prowers County Development Incorporated board members held their final meeting at the current headquarters on South Main Street in Lamar before making their transition to the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn by the second week of December.  The new location will help cut back on various expenses including rent, utilities and insurance.  PCDI will occupy two […]

PCDI Moving to Rodeway Cow Palace Inn, Sets 2013 Budget

PCDI Moving to Rodeway Cow Palace Inn, Sets 2013 Budget

The PCDI headquarters move won’t take place until the start of 2013, essentially a cost-cutting move approved by the Prowers County Development Incorporated board. With only minor changes, the 2013 budget reflects the financial structure for the economic development organization for 2012. The City of Lamar and Prowers County Commissioners will each contribute $50,000 to […]

Maintenance Funding Sought for PCDI Washington Street Property

Maintenance Funding Sought for PCDI Washington Street Property

  The Washington Street property will be shown to a prospective business developer later this month. Prowers County Development Incorporated Executive Director Lisa Nolder informed board members of an interested party during their June 26 monthly meeting. Nolder said interest in the building developed from a contact she made during the annual AWEA, American Wind […]

PCDI on Big R Property

PCDI on Big R Property

   The majority of the PCDI monthly meeting focused on the Washington Street property, donated by Big R last year.  The property has been listed locally, and for the past four months with Hancock Realty, which lists properties along the Front Range.  Prowers County Development Incorporated wants to sell the warehouses and office space so […]

PCDI Annual Meeting Set for February 16 at Cow Palace Inn

PCDI Annual Meeting Set for February 16 at Cow Palace Inn

Lisa Nolder, PCDI Executive Director, said Kari Linker, Regional Development Director for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development & International Trade, is the keynote speaker for PCDI’s annual meeting, Thursday, February 16 at the Cow Palace Inn, in Lamar. Linker, originally from Brush, CO, served as the Executive Director of the Morgan County Economic Development […]

PCDI Developing Balanced 2012 Budget

PCDI Developing Balanced 2012 Budget

The 2012 Prowers County Development Incorporated budget needs trimming, about $23,000 to be balanced for the approaching year.  Board members believe $15,000 could be eliminated by taking that Community Partnership line item out of the budget, and the balance could be trimmed from various remaining expenditures.  Community Partnerships brought in only $725 so far this […]

New Website Developing for PCDI

New Website Developing for PCDI

Final changes are underway for the new website for PCDI, Prowers County Development Incorporated.  Executive Director, Lisa Nolder, informed the board during their monthly meeting Tuesday, September 27, that the improved site will be online for users by next week with necessary updates.  Administrative Assistant Carla Scranton said a new software package will now allow […]

Dollar and Cents Discussion at PCDI Board Meeting

Dollar and Cents Discussion at PCDI Board Meeting

Prowers County Development Incorporated board members are discussing a means of maintaining their funding sources for the next several years.  The economic development group, like 95% of other similar organizations across the state, receives their operating funds from government sources.  For PCDI, that’s the county and the city of Lamar.  Each contributes $50,000 a year […]