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Region 9 Celebrates 30 Years!


With our 30th Anniversary celebration behind us, Region 9 is already looking at what the next 10, 20 and 30 years will bring.

Region 9’s goal is to be financially sustainable to where we will not be reliant on our government partners to fund our organization. We believe if we can increase our loan fund to about $10 Million, we will be able to cover our operating costs allowing us to withstand most state and federal funding cuts.

In 2018, Region 9 purchased a building and opened satellite offices in Montezuma and Archuleta counties to better serve our communities. We expect future employees will be located in these communities.

Region 9 will continue to provide socioeconomic data to area stakeholders and decision makers, because we all need accurate information to make informed decisions.

We continue to believe in, and support, the importance of our county-level economic development groups to be our boots on the ground working on local priorities, providing one-on-one assistance to businesses, and helping us know where to focus our efforts in each community.

We will continue strengthening our regional partnerships with the Southwest Colorado Council of Governments, Southwest Workforce Center, Fort Lewis College, Pueblo Community College Southwest, and regional nonprofit and housing organizations.
Region 9 has plans to expand into redevelopment, and reuse activities. We also see a need to expand our grant writing and technical assistance services in communities.  We are looking forward to our future and appreciate your interest and support of our activities.


Laura Lewis Marchino

Do you live in Montezuma or Archuleta County?

Visit our satellite offices.

Cortez - inside Dolores State Bank East Branch at 27880 Highway 160

Pagosa Springs - inside Bank of The San Juans at 305 Hot Springs Blvd.

Region 9 Data You Can Use

Opportunity Zones in Region 9

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Colorado is taking action on Opportunity Zones. Are we ready for investment in Region 9 communities?

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Colorado Opportunity Zones Map

Meet One of Region 9's Loan Clients

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2020 Census Jobs

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The US Census Bureau is gearing up, opening census offices throughout the nation in order to facilitate counting every person who lives in the US. Lots of temporary positions will be available to help accomplish this monumental goal. Census positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn extra income while helping your community. The census provides vital information and money for your community including how funds are allocated to schools, hospitals, roads and more.

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SCAPE Announces Class of 2019

Osiris Labs

Aligning a business's employees around corporate values via immersive storytelling in VR enabled by a digital platform.  
Putting heirloom apple orchards within the region back to work through the craft and distribution of fine hard ciders.
Moto Burly
Manufacture upper tier, semi custom off road trailers for Overland companies and outdoor adventure to individuals and dealers.
Expedition Outside
An online and mobile marketplace enabling outdoor recreational enthusiasts unique access to private lands in order to purse their passions.
The Eli Monster
Instantly downloadable PDF sewing patterns for women and children with easy to follow instructions.
Tsunami Industries
A patented device that greatly improves the performance and ergonomics of water powered cleaning tools.

Welcome New Region 9 Board Members!

The Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado (Region 9) announces new Officers for 2019.  William Tookey, San Juan County Administrator was elected to his second year as Chair; Todd Starr, Archuleta at-large member was elected Vice Chair; Laurie Sigillitto, La Plata at-large member, Secretary; and Colleen O’Brien, City of Durango was elected Treasurer.
Several new board members were also approved at the January Board meeting. New board members include: Clyde Church, La Plata County Commissioner; Todd Weaver, Archuleta County Attorney; Steve Elias, PhD., Dean of the School of Business, Fort Lewis College; and Jim Candeleria, Montezuma County Commissioner. 
The new members join the Region 9 Board which is comprised of 26 members - 17 representatives from the local governmental jurisdictions and nine members from the private sector.  The Region 9 Board meets quarterly and for more information, please call 970-247-9621 or go to

Are You From Dolores County?

Join Region 9's Loan Committee.

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Region 9 welcomes our new intern at the end of April. Anthony Porambo is a double major at Fort Lewis College and lives in Ignacio. Tune in next time to meet him.

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