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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.
PCDI is hosting a series of Business Seminars with an emphasis on providing information and services to assist our existing businesses. Our next Business Seminars will focus on Haz-Mat Awareness; Employee Handbooks; and Workplace Preventive Services.
On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, we are hosting a Seminar on Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness in the Workplace. This seminar offers business owners and managers insight into prescription abuse by employees. Maureen Carney, program manager in the Workplace Prevention Department of Peer Assistance Services, will lead this 90 minute informative session. Carney will discuss what prescription drug abuse actually is, how employers can identify an employee that may be an abuser, and what owners and managers can do to prevent such abuse and handle issues that do arise. This seminar is Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Colorado Room of the Cow Palace Inn at 1301 North Main Street in Lamar. This is the first of four business practice seminars that are being offered free to members of PCDI. Carney will briefly highlight what will be discussed at the three future business practice seminars – employee handbook development and updating, customer service, and sexual harassment awareness and training. PCDI members can contact Carla Scranton to RSVP for this event at (719) 336-2384 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If a business is not a member, they can become one by contacting Scranton as well. Memberships start at $100 and are based on a business’s full-time equivalency employment.
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 Spring of 2015.
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