Latest News

Two huge wins for Colorado’s conservation future

Colorado’s iconic mountain ranges, farms and ranchlands, parks, rivers and open spaces are an undeniable part of our shared identity as Coloradans. We live in a state where three in four residents consider themselves conservationists, and 87% understand that Colorado’s open lands and outdoor lifestyle give the state an economic advantage.

The most lauded success happened on May 1, when Governor Hickenlooper signed into law a measure ensuring that Colorado lottery proceeds will continue to be a steady source of revenue for conservation and outdoor recreation through at least 2049. This measure extends and affirms the will of Colorado voters, who in 1992 passed a constitutional amendment that created Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), an independent body that annually receives up to half of all lottery proceeds.

Over the past 25 years, GOCO has been the single most important tool for advancing conservation in Colorado. It has funded more than 5,000 projects – including dozens of school playgrounds, over 900 miles of trails, and more than 1,600 parks and outdoor recreation areas – benefitting all 64 Colorado counties, and permanently protecting more than 1 million acres of open space.

Read more about the future of Colorado recreation!

Made in Colorado Springs: City is part of a revival of American manufacturing

Contrary to popular belief, manufacturing in the United States isn’t dead.

In Colorado, manufacturing saw modest growth in 2017 and is expected to keep growing this year, says the Colorado Business Economic Outlook 2018, produced by the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. That growth, the report says, is “against the backdrop of a surging national sector.”

“Consumers today want more locally made products, they want more locally inspired brands, and at least today, growth in those industries is offsetting losses in manufacturing that are from automation and technology,” Bart Taylor, founder and publisher of CompanyWeek said.

Read more about the growth of manufacturing in Colorado here!

Pueblo’s Heaton Hawks soaring high, achieving national status

For the past three years, Heaton Middle School has been rated as a “certified” AVID School for its exemplary work in readying young Hawks for a productive and enriching life beyond middle school.

On Thursday, Heaton was rewarded for those years of dedication by being named an AVID Demonstration School. Nationwide, only about 170 schools — 2 percent — have reached this distinguished level.

Gordon Mosher, an official validator from AVID, was on hand Thursday to bestow the honor during an afternoon school-wide assembly.

Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, is a curriculum designed to help students — especially those traditionally underrepresented in higher education — develop the skills to be successful in college.

Big congratulations for the District 60 middle school!

Pueblo residents gather to discuss ideas and future of PEDCO

On Tuesday night a community meeting was held to discuss the future of PEDCO and what Pueblo residents want to see from the organization that uses their tax dollars to attract businesses.

About 50 people gathered at Saint Pius X Catholic Church.

Many came with ideas, but also a lot of questions: where is Pueblo headed? What is PEDCO doing to make it a better city?

 

Read the article about PEDCO’s first Town Hall of 2018 at KOAA.com!

Pueblo library district wins award for best in nation

More than two months of local cheer-leading and a social media campaign that included help from Gov. John Hickenlooper and even “Miles” the Denver Broncos mascot, Pueblo edged past Williamsburg, Va., to win the Leslie B. Knope Award, named after actress Amy Poehler’s character on the NBC show “Parks and Recreation,” which distinguishes the winner the best in the country.

Last week, Pueblo trailed by more than 1,000 votes through Thursday, but was able to pull ahead by 4,000 votes Friday and never looked back.

“This is just an awesome thing for Pueblo and we have really been overwhelmed with all of the support and kind words about our library district and the community,” Midori Clark, director of community relations for the library district said Monday.

“Pueblo already has so many great things in it. It’s nice to know that we will also now be known for having the best public library and it’s something we can all take a lot of pride in.”

Learn the final tally results and read the full article here!

Upcoming Town Hall

 

For more information please call (719) 544-2000 or email nkingery@pedco.org.

Grant to help boost minority students’ achievement at PCC, CSU-Pueblo

The Department of Higher Education announced Tuesday campus partnerships that will support minority students at both of Pueblo’s colleges to reach key educational milestones.

Kim Hunter Reed, executive director of CDHE, announced a $500,000 Talent, Innovation and Equity grant before more than 40 business and community leaders from across the state Tuesday at History Colorado in Denver.

The grant was awarded by Lumina Foundation last year and will be used for programs at Colorado State University-Pueblo and Pueblo Community College, as well as Community College of Aurora.

“We are honored to partner with CDHE on an initiative that maps to the goals we have set at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Our faculty and staff at CSU-Pueblo know that academic ability is not limited to a zip code,” said CSU-Pueblo President Timothy Mottet.

PCC President Patty Erjavec said the opportunity to partner with the department and the Lumina Foundation provides PCC with some additional resources and the support to further foster the school’s vision of becoming a TRIO-like college.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for PCC to partner with CDHE and the Lumina Foundation to move forward our vision for student success with our most vulnerable populations. Again, I stress that we have smart, capable students who have so much potential. They simply need our collective support to achieve the unimaginable,” Erjavec said.

Both PCC and CSU-P are members of PEDCO, read the full story about the grant here!