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Community projects can measure economic impact

The Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado is now offering IMPLAN economic modeling in the region.

MIG, Inc. is the source of the IMPLAN (IMpact analysis for PLANing) economic impact modeling system, and provided training in southwest Colorado last year.

What this means for area businesses and organizations is that Region 9 can estimate the impact of a proposed project and answer questions, such as how many jobs will be created, or clarify the economic impact to the community.

Region 9 has assisted Crow Canyon, the Cortez School District, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Community Connections to measure construction and program impacts.

The first step is to schedule a one-hour scoping meeting to assess the viability of a project for the analysis and to receive an estimate of costs and the time involved.

Region 9 partners with the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center, La Plata Economic Development Alliance and Pagosa Springs CDC to provide IMPLAN in the region and members of these organizations can see reduced fees for this service.

For more information, contact Donna Graves at 385-4897.

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