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.
In this Zine episode, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Gregg Anderson, the mayor of Rico, Colorado, about the potential for geothermal energy and mining development, real estate, and other factors that are driving the economic engine of this small mountain town nestled along the headwaters of the Dolores River.
During this season of holiday shopping, it is important to consider spending your dollars locally instead of online or at big box stores. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Rocky Moss, Manager of the Dolores Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center, about why it matters to support local businesses, and the impact that it has on our communities.
For ten years, a small company in Cortez has been producing some of the finest guitar strings in the music business. KSJD's Tom Yoder goes inside the workshop at Curt Mangan Strings to find out how they make their strings, and hear why they choose to center the business in southwest Colorado.
Life in Rico, Colorado holds many rewards and challenges that come with living in a small mountain town. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Nicole Pieterse, a board member at The Rico Center, about life in Rico and how they work to preserve and enrich the quality of life of the residents, visitors, and economy of Rico through grants to local non-profit organizations, government entities, and individuals.
While poverty is a challenge in many parts of society, the reality is that nearly 85 percent of America's persistent poverty occurs in rural areas. In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with with Sharon Nance, Regional Coordinator for USDA StrikeForce, about how they help grow economies, increase investments, and create opportunities in poverty-stricken rural communities.
The orchards of Montezuma County represent an opportunity for preservation that is deeply connected to the region’s history. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Jude Schuenemeyer and Nina Williams from the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project about how they are preserving the original fruit trees brought here over 100 years ago, and why these trees may represent a new economic opportunity for southwest Colorado.
The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is a significant contributor to the economy in southwest Colorado and the Four Corners area. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks to Tawnie Knight, Economic Development Specialist with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, about how the tribe is developing their assets and looking at new ways to create opportunities for economic growth.
The Montezuma Community Economic Development Association works to support new and expanding economic opportunities throughout Montezuma County. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Chris Burkett and Dave Hart about how the organization helps nurture a diverse, year-round economy that enhances the needs, values, and quality of life of our communities.