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Governor’s economic development plan: Join the conversation

Economy and jobs: it is on everyone’s mind, locally and statewide.

There will be several opportunities for you to provide your feedback and voice ideas about the obstacles hindering economic growth, as well as about positive steps that have been taken.

Governor Hickenlooper has launched “Colorado’s Bottom-Up Economic Development Plan Initiative.” The Governor’s Office has partnered with CSU’s Office of Engagement and Extension to engage Coloradans in a statewide conversation about economic development.

A group of Pagosans went to Durango with representatives from the four other counties in the region to express their concerns and comment on positive programs. Now it is time for all citizens to express their opinions.

There are several ways we can do this. First, there will be a public meeting on Tuesday, March 29, at the Ross Aragon Community Center at 6 p.m. The commissioners will be present to hear the concerns of residents and listen to any suggestions residents might offer. The county officials will also inform the public about projects that have been associated with 1A funds for the past five years and will solicit input on this topic, as well.

The governor’s office has also set up a website that residents can go to and fill out a short questionnaire. The questionnaire includes 11 questions and is very simple to fill out. Go to www.advancecolorado.com/bottomup to complete the form. Hard-copy questionnaires are available around town at locations such as the Chamber, the Extension Office, and town and county offices. You can pick one up, fill it out and mail it in by April 15.

We encourage residents to attend the community forum on March 29 and participate in our economic development.

If you have any questions, please contact the county, the CSU Extension Office, or the Chamber.

Rural Entrepreneurial Marketplace

The fourth annual Marketplace will be held in Pagosa Oct. 7-8.

This is the first time the Marketplace will be held for two days; previously they have been held over just one day.

We are excited to be in the planning stages for this training seminar. Sessions dealing with topics such as technology, finance, marketing, community and business development, and agriculture will be held for the new business owner and those business owners wishing to expand their enterprises, and there will be a youth session on Friday, Oct. 7.

We plan to make this the best Marketplace yet, but we could use your help. If you are interested in serving on a subcommittee working on educational tract planning, obtaining speakers, logistics or sponsorships, we welcome your help.

Currently, meetings are being held once a month, with the next meeting set for Friday, March 25, at 11 a.m. at the community center. The general meetings will soon move to twice a month and the subcommittees may meet more frequently so as to present pertinent information to the general group.

If you are not able to attend the meetings, but have suggestions, e-mail Mary Jo Coulehan at director@pagosachamber.com or call 264-2360 to relay your suggestion.

9Health Fair

The 9Health Fair returns to Pagosa Saturday, April 2, at the Pagosa Springs High School.

This annual event allows residents to receive blood tests, cholesterol tests, PSA tests, screenings and much more, all for no or low-cost fees. The fair begins at 7 a.m. and runs until noon. If you are taking blood tests, do not eat 12 hours before having blood drawn (diabetics should not fast), and participants should continue to take their prescribed medications. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

If you have questions about any requirements or volunteering, contact LaQuita Johnson at LQJ121853@aol.com or 264-0661.

Membership

We want to remind members that the next newsletter will be out shortly. If you are interested in placing an insert into the newsletter, please have them to the Chamber by Monday, March 28. We will need 650 copies, and the cost is $50.

Our renewals this week include Archuleta County; The Source for Pagosa Real Estate; the Pagosa Bar and Silver Dollar Liquor; Adworks; High Plains Nursery; Enterprise Rent-a-Car; Archuleta County Victim’s Assistance Program (ACVAP); and The Pagosa Baptist Church.

We hope the business community has enjoyed the past few weeks of spring break visitors and we thank our visitors for choosing Pagosa as a place to visit and spend their vacation time. Pagosa will celebrate our own spring break shortly, so get ready for some business breaks and a quiet town.

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