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Program Aims to increase jobs, tax base and economy

PUEBLO – A new program with goals of increasing local jobs, the tax base and the local economy was revealed at Razmataz Tuesday, August 1, 2017.  The Spotlight on Local Business Program, was developed by the Pueblo County Buy Local Advisory Board as a public education campaign to encourage purchasing from Pueblo County independently owned and operated businesses.

Pueblo County Fair announces 2017 line-up

PUEBLO - Goat Yoga, a kid-organized blood drive for adults, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office K-9 demonstration, national firefighter Olympiad, high-energy country concert from Mike Love, civic leader barbecue and railroading displays will be new to the 2017 Pueblo County Fair line-up. 
The Pueblo County Fair Board invites the media to interview representatives from the Pueblo County Fair and its new exhibitors at a Pueblo County Fair kick-off press conference at the Colorado State Fairgrounds Livestock Pavilion on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 1 p.m.

Pueblo County spearheads paid parental leave trend

PUEBLO – Pueblo County is spearheading paid parental leave policy ahead of most municipal governments and private employers nationwide.

Colorado State Fair enters Top 10 of nationwide expos

The Colorado State Fair is among the 10 best this nation has to offer.
So says SmartAsset -- a financial technology company that uses data to provide free, actionable advice on big financial decisions. For the second year, SmartAsset set out to shine a light on the best state fairs in the country.

Pueblo Chile attracts new business to Pueblo County

PUEBLO – Pueblo’s Board of County Commissioners welcomed Jojo’s Sriracha to Pueblo on Monday, June 19. The company was attracted to Pueblo after seeing the Pueblo Chile Grower’s Association’s Pueblo Chile branding campaign, learning about the Excelsior Farmer’s Exchange incubator kitchen space at the former Excelsior Middle School in Avondale, as well as the growth opportunities and support Pueblo County’s Economic Development Department offers to small businesses.

Pueblo County applies for scholarship grant-match

PUEBLO – For the second year in a row, Pueblo County will be applying for a grant-matching opportunity to double the amount of scholarship dollars available to Pueblo’s graduating high school seniors.

Bees installed in Southern Colorado's first smart-hive

PUEBLO – The population of the Pueblo Zoo grew from 500 to 60,500 on Tuesday, April 18 when 60,000 bees were installed in what will be the first smart-hive in Southern Colorado.

Bill to support Front Range rail passed by legislature

PUEBLO – The Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission bill, a bill to support Front Range rail service and save the current Southwest Chief Commission from expiring, passed its final House reading in the Colrorado Legislature on Tuesday, April 18.
The bill, passed with broad bipartisan support by a 40 to 25 vote, will now expand the South West Chief Commission’s scope, membership and mission to include expanding passenger rail along Colorado’s Front Range.

Commissioners Briefed on 1A Projects, Statuses and Progress

PUEBLO – For the first time since the November election, the Pueblo Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) was given a review of what is now known as the 1A Community Improvement Program.

The review included an explanation of the planning process, how decisions by the BOCC will enable the 1A projects to be funded and gave a general overview of each of the 20 project’s current status.

Jail Task Force Leaders Discuss Jail's Critical Needs

PUEBLO – Pueblo County has spent more than $1 million dollars in unanticipated, over-budget, infrastructure failures. The jail is 145 percent above capacity, which is putting detention deputies’ safety at risk and exacerbating the overall aging conditions of the jail.
Press were given a rare opportunity to be led through the deteriorating Pueblo County Detention Center on Wednesday, April 5, by Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz and Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor. Commissioner Garrison Ortiz is the leader of the recently formed Pueblo County Jail Task Force.