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Celebrating 30 Years!

A letter from our Executive Director...
Region 9 will be celebrating 30 years in 2019 and has so much history to be proud of. Even reflecting over my time at Region 9, which is now 13 years, I am personally most proud of purchasing a building, opening satellite offices in Cortez and Pagosa Springs, as well as growing our team with more amazing people.

Since inception, Region 9 has distributed almost 28 million dollars in loan funding in our five-county region, and currently have about 160 active loans. We have been the first supporter and funder of legacy businesses like Mercury Payment Systems, Old Hundred Gold Mine in Silverton, Honeyville and Zuke’s Pet Treats. Our founding Director, Ed Morlan, was a key partner getting a fiber line between Albuquerque and Grand Junction in partnership with Northern New Mexico. He continues to leave his mark on our organization as we continue to live by his example of hard work, innovation and getting things done.

We will be celebrating our 30th with our first ever special event. Please see more information in this newsletter regarding it.  We hope you can help us recognize our Ed Morlan Economic Development Leader of the Year, Lender of the Year, past and present board members, Loan Committee members and of course the projects and businesses that make our region thrive.

Laura Lewis Marchino
Executive Director

30th Anniversary
Legacy Lunch

March 8th 11:00 - 2:00
DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom
Durango, CO.

Celebrating our Impact and our Future!

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Region 9 Expands

We moved to a new building and opened two satellite offices.

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Are You From Dolores County?
Join Region 9's Loan Committee.

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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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Meet One of Region 9's Loan Clients

Adventure Inn
Purveyors of Leadership, Aging Well and Happiness

Owners, Nigel and Tammy Peck, transformed their establishment into a clean, comfortable place you can call home during your visit to Durango and Southwest Colorado. Personalized, friendly services make this roadside motel one you won't want to pass by.
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Census 2020, Counting Matters

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Did you know the census dates back to 1790? Thomas Jefferson directed the first census to be taken every ten years to count population and housing. The census provides vital information and money for your community. Region 9 helps Southwest Colorado communities prepare for the the upcoming census by:

  • Informing communities of upcoming census programs and activities.
  • Supporting local governments' efforts to update their address files.
  • Educating communities about the importance and purpose of the census.

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Apply for SCAPE's Class of 2019

Applications for the 2019 session will be open until January 31, 2019 at midnight.

SCAPE’s mission is to help launch and propel local job producing businesses as far forward as possible. All companies accepted into the 2019 class will be eligible for small investments to go towards tangibles to help develop the business.


Four Corners Film Office Moves to Durango Film Institute

The Region 9 Economic Development District of SW Colorado is pleased to announce that the Four Corners Film Office (4CFO) program will be moving under the Durango Film Institute.
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Congratulations to Local Businesses!
2018 Colorado Companies to Watch Winners


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