Region 9 Seeking a Community Grant Writer


The Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado is seeking a community grant writer to assist Region 9, member governments and business support partners with drafting and submitting grant applications, and/or providing grant research and application review. This position coordinates closely with area communities to help fund their priority projects. Willing to consider either an employee or contractor position with the salary being $40-65K depending on hours and benefits.

Please email Laura Lewis Marchino at for a full job description. Resume, references, and cover letter must be submitted to by 5pm Friday, Dec. 3rd.

Welcome Emily Meisner, New CDC Executive Director

Welcome Emily Meisner, New CDC Executive Director


Top people, places and projects in economic development honored at annual awards dinner and ceremony.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO (Oct. 21, 2021) – Emily Meisner was awarded ‘Rookie of the Year’ award for 2021. The honor was presented at EDCC’s annual EDIE Awards Ceremony held in conjunction with its annual Drive|Lead|Succeed Conference held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado last week.

“I am both humbled and honored to receive the Rookie of the Year award,” stated Meisner. “I look forward to many more years of Economic Development work.”

Since 1989, EDCC has recognized nearly 200 members, volunteers, communities, companies, and legislators for their outstanding achievement in economic development in the State of Colorado. This year, EDCC celebrated the achievements of 10 individuals, communities, partners, and legislators.

Emily was selected this year for the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award for her outstanding achievements in the following activities:

  • A self-taught, action-oriented individual, Emily coordinated with multiple organizations to enact an emergency response and recovery effort for area businesses. Emily facilitated a bulk program that gave businesses access to the coveted personal protective equipment at reduced prices and in some cases free.
  • Emily implemented and managed the COVID-19 Five-star program for her community
  • Additionally, Emily manages the Bond to Business program. A bond initiative that infused the Durango School District with more than $90M in funding for capital projects and improvements. Part of the promise to the community included engagement and support of local businesses and vendors in the bond projects. As an effort to uphold that promise, 9-R has partnered with the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance (LPCEDA) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to launch a local engagement and support program, called 9-R Bond to Business. This ‘never-been-done-before’ program has employed local contractors, keeping as much of the dollars spent, local.  

 “This year’s winners represent the forefront of economic development achievement and premier talent that contribute to the overall health and vibrancy of our Colorado’s communities,” said 2021 EDCC Board Chair and Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, Executive Director, Laura Lewis Marchino. “We are so proud to recognize and showcase these individuals and organizations, that improve the quality of life for our citizens.”

Each of these winners, give a glimpse into what our professionals and stakeholders - here in Colorado -  are doing, in keeping Colorado’s economy moving forward. More than ever, the value and importance of sustainable economic development, needs to be shined upon as we power the great economic comeback. EDCC is honored to represent these winners and their important work and achievements.


CDC Monthly Board Meeting

The monthly CDC Board meeting will be on Oct. 13th, 2021. This meeting is open to the pubic.
Please join via zoom
1-346-248-7799, Meeting ID: 84538356482, PC: 115134
Agenda below:

PSCDC Executive Director Request for Proposals

The Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation (CDC) was founded in February of 2010. The CDC stemmed from what was previously the Archuleta Economic Development Association (AEDA). The CDC received the last of the AEDA assets from Cloman Industrial Park in December of 2010.

The Pagosa Springs CDC recently completed a strategic plan identifying the hiring of an economic development professional as a key goal in an effort to create self-sufficiency and sustainability.  Funding has become available and the CDC Board of Directors feels confident that this funding will allow the CDC to lead economic development efforts to accomplish their strategic plan priorities and allow them to fully fund and support an economic develop professional. In particular, it will foster private and non-profit partnerships, and assist in economic development planning efforts.

The hired Executive Director/economic development professional will work directly with the CDC Board as well as other local leaders, sector partners, resource providers, and employers. Every effort will be made to align the CDC’s economic goals and sustain economic development activities.

Interested applicants should include a resume, references and letter of introduction to be no more than 5 total pages including attachments.  All proposals should be submitted either via e-mail to PSCDC at or hard copy, sealed in envelope, to PSCDC President, PO Box 1183, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147, no later than 5pm, September 24, 2021.  All proposals must have Executive Director in the email subject line or written on the envelope.

ED Request for Proposals

Town Releases RFP for Workforce Housing Development

Town Releases RFP for Workforce Housing Development 

The Town of Pagosa Springs has three properties in their portfolio for the purpose of encouraging workforce housing development. The properties are all located within the Town limits and are roughly one to two blocks apart from one another. All three lots are vacant.

The town seeks to enter into a public-private partnership with a qualified developer to build and possibly own and manage between 12-64 workforce housing units over the next 3-5 years. Any requests for clarification or additional information deemed necessary by any respondent to present a thorough proposal shall be submitted in writing to Andrea Phillips, Town Manager, at P.O. Box 1859, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 or

The Housing RFP is posted both on the CDC website, and the Town of Pagosa Springs website,


Sept. 8th Board Meeting

Monthly CDC Board Meeting - Sept. 8th at 5:30 PM

Agenda coming soon...

Archuleta County Broadband Services Management Office and Visionary Broadband partner to complete Aspen Springs Monopole Project

Archuleta County Broadband Services Management Office and Visionary Broadband partner to complete Aspen Springs Monopole Project


Press Contacts:         Stacie McDonald

Director of Public Relations

Visionary Broadband


FOR RELEASE July 1, 2020


Archuleta County Broadband Services Management Office and Visionary Broadband partner to complete Aspen Springs Monopole Project


The Archuleta County Broadband Fund allocated existing grant funding to partner with Visionary Broadband for construction of a broadband tower in the Aspen Springs community west of Pagosa Springs.


Pagosa Springs, CO – In a continuing effort to expand broadband in the area, the Archuleta County Broadband Services Management Office recently partnered with local provider Visionary Broadband to complete a Monopole project in the Aspen Springs area. The tower was completed June 15th and is already providing high speed internet service to residents in Aspen Springs.


“Reliable, high speed internet has never been more important than it has been this year, said Justin Davis, vice president of network at Visionary Broadband. “Our project is a new opportunity for residents in the area who have suffered too long with being unserved or underserved. Visionary is continuing to grow and expand to reach more and more of those who spent the past few months working and learning from home. We are grateful for the partnership of the county as we all work to meet the community need for broadband. “


The 180-foot monopole, located to the South of Highway 160, is a self-supporting structure which allows residents and businesses in the over-1000 home community potential access to 25Mbps and 50Mbps speeds. Prior to installation, much of this area was isolating during the pandemic with substandard broadband speeds, or no service at all.


“We know that most of the Aspen Springs area has been underserved for broadband availability,” said Jason Cox, Archuleta County Broadband Services Communications Manager. “We’re excited to partner with Visionary Broadband to offer residents and businesses in Aspen Springs the ability to access a provider with modern broadband speeds.”


The Archuleta County Broadband Services Management Office allocated $10,000 to offset the total cost of the project, approximately $28,000. The remainder was paid by Visionary Broadband.




CDC Annual Meeting

CDC Virtual Annual Meeting - May 13th, 2020

Community Development Corporation

The Community Development Corporation (CDC) will host their annual meeting this year on May 13, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. New to the format will be a virtual meeting to be in compliance with the state’s Safer at Home order. The meeting is open to the public and interested parties and all current CDC members are encouraged to join in the meeting.

A slate of board candidates will be put forth to the membership to assume their positions for a 2-year term.  Neal Johnson has reached the board term limits.  Jim Garrett is also up for re-election.  Therefore, two board positions are open.  Upon a self-nominating process open to all current CDC members, board candidates were selected. The slate of candidates running for the 2020 board are Jim Garrett and Sherry Waner.  Jim Garrett has sat on the CDC board for two-years and is seeking to remain on the board for another 2-year term. He is a Pagosa resident, lawyer and active in other organizations such as the Rotary Club. Sherry Waner is a former CDC board member. She is the Chief Development Officer for First Southwest Bank and First Southwest Bank Community Fund. All current CDC board members will be eligible to vote.

Also at the meeting will be a recap of the Broadband efforts and Opportunity Zone initiative and a roll out of the CDC Strategic Plan for the next 3 years. All members or the public are welcome to review and comment. For questions concerning membership, joining the meeting or the CDC organization, please contact Mary Jo Coulehan, CDC administrator at

CDC Annual Meeting

More Broadband Coverage Coming to Pagosa Springs

Prepare for better broadband coverage as local crews will start building new infrastructure as soon as this March. This new wireless broadband has the potential reach 3,000 residents and businesses in Pagosa Springs. Video Source: Pagosa Local News