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Prowers County Development, Inc. (PCDI) represents business and economic development interests within Prowers County. PCDI board members and staff work with City, County, State, and private industry leaders to foster new business and support expansion of businesses that contribute to economic growth. PCDI provides assistance to new and existing businesses with retention, relocation, and expansion needs. We assist in finding appropriate sites or suitable buildings based on the clients’ needs. We provide assistance with any necessary permitting and help new developers walk through the process of planning, zoning, incentive negotiations, and other business development issues.

The Annual Meeting for Prowers County Development, Inc. (PCDI) has been set for Friday, March 27th, at the Holly School District.  Featured speakers for the evening will be Kari Linker, Executive Director, Morgan County Economic Development; and Emily Nieschburg, Live Well coordinator.  Linker brings a wealth of small town economic development knowledge to the annual meeting.  Nieschburg will focus on a major component of economic development that many companies are now considering when looking to locate in a particular location.

There are three Director slots open, each with a two-year term.  Election of these Director positions will be held during the Annual Meeting. Please contact the PCDI office or any Director if you are interested in serving on the PCDI Board of Directors. A list of the current board of directors is listed below.  You must be a Prowers County resident to serve on the board.

Prior to the annual meeting, tours of the new Holly School District facility will be offered beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The Holly School District is currently in its second academic year in the new Kindergarten – 12th grade facility.  Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm followed by the annual meeting and speakers.   The smothered steak dinner will be catered by the Holly High School Senior Class.

Tickets are $25.00 per person and are available at the PCDI Office, located at 1301 N. Main, Suite 103, in the Cow Palace Inn lobby, phone 719-336-2384, or email pcdi@procolorado.org.  Holly residents may get their tickets through Aaron Leiker, PCDI Vice President, at (719) 691-5306 or via e-mail at aaronjleiker@gmail.com.

PCDI will be hosting a series of Business Seminars throughout the year with an emphasis on providing information and services to assist our existing businesses. Our first two Seminars have been scheduled in May.  We have outstanding speakers coming in for each of these seminars.  On May 7, 2014, we hosted an Ag Succession Seminar, which focused on planning the transition of the family farm and ranch from one generation to the next, and also on intra-family communications.  Jeffrey Tranel from CSU Extension was our featured speaker.  We had members of five area family-owned farm & ranch operations attend and their response was very favorable on the information presented.

We hosted two Customer Service Seminars on May 22 and 23, 2014.  These seminars were for both employers and employees in any business that deals with the public.   Katherine Correll, Executive Director at Downtown Colorado Inc. gave a presentation on unique customer experience.  Beth Parish talked about the idea of understanding (and making it about) your customer.  The training program was designed to provide ideas and discussion about how to identify the key needs of customers, engage with locals and visitors, and help businesses develop a stronger customer base.  We had ten participants for each session from retail and service businesses.  Participants were engaged in group discussions in both presentations.

On Nov. 13, 2014, we hosted three OSHA Forklift Operator Certification Courses.  We certified 65 employees of 17 companies in Prowers, Baca and Bent Counties with a 3-year OSHA Certificate.  We originally had a morning and afternoon course scheduled, but due to the large number of participants, we added another mid-morning course.  The businesses were very pleased to be able to have their employees certified in a local course rather than send them to the metro areas for these courses.  We were also able to offer the course at a much reduced rate than that charged by the metro locations.  We plan to host another series of OSHA Certification Courses in the coming months.

Our next Business Seminars will be starting in April and will focus on Haz-Mat Awareness; Employee Handbooks; and Workplace Preventive Services.   More information will be coming soon.

The PCDI office is located in Suite 103 in the Rodeway Inn Cow Palace, 1301 North Main, just as you enter Lamar from the north on Highways 50 and 287. Stop in and visit us.

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PROWERS COUNTY DEVELOPMENT, INC.
1301 North Main Street, Suite 103
Lamar, Colorado 81052
phone: (719) 336-2384
email: PCDI@procolorado.org