economy

A New Manager at the Cortez Chamber of Commerce

Aug 14, 2015

The Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce focuses on increasing and sustaining economic vitality in the Cortez area. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Michelle Rojas, the new manager at the Cortez Chamber of Commerce, and Kinsey Ertel of Ertel Funeral Home and Board president at the Cortez Area Chamber of Commerce, about how the organization is working to foster business prosperity for community success.

Economic Development In Montezuma County

Jun 22, 2015
Montezuma Community Economic Development Association

In this episode of KSJD's Conversations With Dave, host Dave Hart talks with Chris Burkett and Cassie Alexander from the Montezuma Community Economic Development Association about what economic development looks like in southwest Colorado, and how business owners can get help to reach more customers and grow their business.

The Cortez Day Labor Center

Jun 8, 2015
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The Cortez Day Labor Center provides a place where workers of various skills and abilities can gather and be available to fill temporary labor needs in our community. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Laurie Knutson, Director of the Bridge Emergency Shelter (which operates the Cortez Day Labor Center) about how the Center functions, how it helps both the workers and those who need work completed, and where it has moved to in Cortez.

Industrial Hemp In Southwest Colorado

May 6, 2015
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Hemp is considered one of the best plants in the world for producing fiber and oil that have many industrial uses. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Sharon Stewart, founder of Hemp Talks Western Slope, and Scott Perez, owner of Perez Agriculture Company and an industrial hemp farmer, about the potential for growing industrial hemp in southwest Colorado, and how it could transform agriculture and the local economy.

In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly from the Four Corners Free Press sit down with Bob Bragg, agriculture educator and co-host of KSJD's Ag Markets & More program, to discuss the outlook for water for the upcoming growing season, and what it means for Montezuma County producers who rely on irrigation, and for consumers.

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Dustin Partridge, owner of Zuma Natural Foods in Mancos, Colorado, about running a small town grocery store that emphasizes local, sustainable, GMO-free foods, and how to make a better cup of coffee.

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Tourism is a vital part of the economy across the Four Corners area. KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Kelly Kirkpatrick, Director of Tourism at Mesa Verde Country, about how they promote the unique opportunities available for visitors to the area, and why visiting the Four Corners area is as popular as ever.

More on Mesa Verde Country on their website: www.mesaverdecountry.com

In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss factors contributing to the economy of the area, including Kinder Morgan's role in oil and gas development, and what the economy might look like in the future in the Four Corners area.

Fiber Optics Infrastructure in Cortez

Jan 19, 2015
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Fiber optics are an important part of ensuring that the digital bandwidth is available for online resources that are critical to modern life. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Cortez City Manager Shane Hale and Rick Smith, General Services Director for the city of Cortez, about how the city is investing in fiber optic infrastructure, and how it will impact the local economy and residents.

In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly from the Four Corners Free Press discuss the potential avenues for economic development in Cortez and Montezuma County: what appears promising, and what could hinder progress.

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