Archive for Community Development

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

Community vitality and rural healthcare

Reposted from the Rural Assistance Center “In rural communities, the linkage between healthcare and the vitality of the community is strong. A robust community helps to support and sustain quality health services for its residents by attracting quality healthcare professionals. Communities with more economic resources may also be more likely to financially support their healthcare system

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Farm program sprouting for combat vets

Reposted from the Durango Herald A new program taking seed in western La Plata County is designed to help combat veterans learn how to farm and reintegrate into civilian life. The Veterans Homestead Project is the first of its kind in Southwest Colorado and second to be recognized in the state by the Farmer Veteran

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Should pot pay for programs?

Reposted from the Telluride Daily Planet Social Services proposing using tax revenue for youth substance abuse education Many visitors come to Telluride for festivals, concerts, skiing and other celebrations that might involve partaking in newly legal marijuana.And at least one San Miguel County official is worried that local kids for whom witnessing partying has become

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Senator Bennet welcomed revised regulations from the FDA regarding spent brewers grains

September 19, 2014 Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet welcomed revised regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding spent brewers grains, water quality, and soil amendments. Bennet requested revisions to the regulations after hearing concerns from Colorado producers and brewers. He wrote Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the FDA, earlier this year and invited her

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The rural growth trifecta: outdoor amenities, creative class and entrepreneurial context

Reposted from the Journal of Economic Geography “Rural development in the industrialized world is at crossroads. Primary industries continue to shed employment. Traditional strategies of promoting exogenous growth through the recruitment of employers are now much less effective. Routine and low-skill functions are increasingly outsourced to low-wage countries. At the same time, more knowledge-intensive functions tend to

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Economic Gardening: A homegrown approach to growth

Highlights of the Federal Reserve’s Economic Development podcast series. Can an economic development strategy that is focused on fostering small businesses and a culture of local entrepreneurship truly grow a local economy? While these approaches have been actively deployed in some communities as a defined strategy, what results have been achieved? At a high level, grow

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Archuleta county non-labor income is large and growing

Data highlights from Headwaters Economics Executive Summary Non-labor income (NLI) is one of the largest and fastest growing sources of income in the West, constituting 34 percent of total personal income in 2011; and 60 percent of net growth in real personal income during the last decade. In many counties non-labor income is the single

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A startup state of mind – support for new business abounds

Reposted from Colorado Biz Magazine “With the right dose of technology, experience and ambition, entrepreneurs can set up shop just about anywhere nowadays. Still, one thing hasn’t changed.  “Creating companies from nothing is hard – period,” said Brad Feld, co-founder and managing director of Boulder-based Foundry Group LLC, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage

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The economic importance of national monuments to local communities

New data from Headwaters Economics “In 2011 and again this year, Headwaters Economics analyzed the economies surrounding the 17 national monuments in the eleven western continental states that are larger than 10,000 acres and were created between 1982 and 2011. This sample avoids smaller monuments with little potential to have an impact on local economies,

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