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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!

Outdoor recreation is now a federal economic category, and in Colorado and elsewhere, the industry is more than ready to wield it

WASHINGTON — The outdoor recreation industry accounted for an estimated 2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product last year — with $374 billion in economic activity — according to a government report out Wednesday.

“We’ll be able to show that we have government-backed data that talks about the importance of investing in recreation,” said Amy Roberts, executive director of the Boulder-based Outdoor Industry Association.

That comes into play, she added, when policymakers are considering “whether to allow mining or whether to allow energy exploration or whether to set aside an area for recreation.”

“Outdoor recreation is a driving force behind Colorado’s economy, which is why this report is so important,” said [Republican U.S. Sen. Cory] Gardner in a statement. “I look forward to reviewing the findings and know this data will be used by industry leaders and policymakers moving forward.”

Read the full story here!

Colorado’s aerospace community soars as number of jobs grow

New numbers released by the Colorado Space Coalition reveal there are a total of 26,620 private sector aerospace jobs in our state.

In 2017, jobs grew by 4.7 percent, adding more than 1,000 workers, making Colorado number two in the nation for aerospace-related employment.

“Colorado was the draw. The views, the outdoor activities,” said Angie Wise of Sierra Nevada Corporation. “You have Denver, you have Boulder, there’s so much packed into this area.” The company is developing a spacecraft to take cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

Watch the video and read the full article here!

U.S. Economy Added 200,000 Jobs In January; Wages Rose

The U.S. added 200,000 jobs in January, continuing the trend of steady job growth for another month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.

That means the economy has now added jobs for 88 months in a row. Average hourly earnings rose by 9 cents to $26.74, with a year-over-year growth of 2.9 percent — the highest rate of growth the BLS recorded since June 2009.

The rise in employment was driven by the construction industry, restaurants, health care and manufacturing, all sectors that added jobs last month.

NPR has the full article.

Wind-energy generation grows, Colorado 9th

By the end of 2017, U.S. utilities were generating 89,077 megawatts of electricity from wind turbines. Of that, 3,104 MW were generated in Colorado.

Colorado ranks higher as a developer of wind energy technology. The state has 17 manufacturing facilities including the Vestas blade and turbine plants in Northern Colorado, according to the report. Those manufacturing facilities place the state fourth among the states in wind energy employment with between 6,000 and 7,000 jobs either directly or indirectly in the industry.

About 17 percent of the electricity consumed in the state comes from wind power, the report said.

Read full article that mentions PEDCO member Vestas here!

Colorado’s economy continues to grow

Photo courtesy of B. Rivera

“US News and World Report lists Colorado in the top ten states for percentage of residents employed.  The periodical lists Colorado as having the second most job growth in the country and among the best suited for the ‘new economy’. Factors taken into consideration include growth of companies, a highly educated workforce and the number of inventor patents held by companies in the state.”

Colorado’s economy is bolstered by the growth and expansion of Outdoor Recreation, hemp, and energy. Read the full article here and learn more about how the different economic regions bring more people to Colorado each year and maintain jobs!

CSU-Pueblo shows off $34M student center facelift

The renovation was presented to the public Tuesday to thunderous applause — and even a few howls — from school officials, staff, students, elected officials and the public. They crowded into the new facility’s “Great Hall” for a grand opening and re-dedication. Students were seen going about their business in the facility in the beginning of this new semester.

Associated Student Government President Jake Harmon thanked student leadership involved in the project. “Without your leadership — the student leaders — we wouldn’t be where we are today,” he said. “This is an amazing facility … It’s fantastic to finally see it all come to fruition.”

Read full article on The Chieftain!

Manufacturing in US Caps Best Year Since ’04

U.S. manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in three months, as gains in orders and production capped the strongest year for factories since 2004, the Institute for Supply Management said on January 3.

The group’s factory index climbed to 59.7 from 58.2 a month earlier.

The gauge of new orders advanced to 69.4, the highest in nearly 14 years, from 64.

The acceleration in bookings indicates production will remain robust in coming months as factories race to limit mounting order backlogs amid declining customer inventories. Increasing export orders underscore improvement in global markets.

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New Pueblo-area homes back in demand

Home construction in the Pueblo area reached a nine-year high in 2017.

There were 361 single-family building permits issued last year, according to Pueblo Regional Building Department data.

It was an increase of 42 percent from the prior year (255 permits) and the most since the 394 permits issued in 2008, the second year of the 2007-2009 U.S. housing crash and recession.

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