PUEBLO – Pueblo’s business community is invited to learn about the community’s opportunities for economic growth at the City and County of Pueblo Economic Outlook Forum Nov. 18 at Pueblo Community College, 900 W. Orman Ave.
“We are looking forward to gathering the local business community to help inform them of the progress and potential future of Pueblo,” said Pueblo Mayor Nick Gradisar. “The City of Pueblo wants to support the ease of doing business as we continue to grow our local economy and regional footprint and we know this forum can be a catalyst for how we will accomplish this success for Pueblo.”
The free event will take place from 7-9:30 a.m. in the Fortino Ballroom on the PCC campus. A continental breakfast will be followed by presentations from Gradisar, City Councilman Dennis Flores, County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz, PCC President Patty Erjavec and Pueblo Economic Development Corporation Mission Coordinator Shannon Baker.
“Business development in Pueblo County is vital to the growth of our community and Pueblo County government is raising the bar with economic growth,” said Ortiz. “The groundbreaking of the new detention facility and boulevard extension will bring over $180 million worth of capital projects to the community. Additionally, we are making great strides to help grow and recruit businesses to our community through the Pueblo Means Business initiative. This project, expected to kick off next year, will help expedite the business permitting process by bringing all of the permitting entities under one roof.”
Regional economist Tatiana Bailey will be the featured speaker at the forum. Bailey is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Data Driven Economic Strategies, based in Colorado Springs, and former director of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Economic Forum. She worked with Flores and Pueblo business leader Abel Chavez, the retired director of Century Link, to develop the new Economic and Workforce Development Dashboard on the City of Pueblo website (www.pueblo.us/2820/Economic-Dashboard). The data included on the dashboard is intended to help the city and region address economic opportunities and challenges with the most up-to-date information.
“This robust economic dashboard tells us how we are doing and what we need to do to achieve stronger economic growth and vitality,” Chavez said. “But more importantly, Pueblo is rallying around the idea of more closely working together in a collaborative fashion to utilize reliable data, face forward and take action – especially when it comes to fixing our job-skill gap, filling existing job openings and preparing Pueblo for the jobs and careers to fuel our future.”
The economic forum will showcase the efforts community leaders have made to advance Pueblo in the aftermath of the pandemic and an ever-changing economic environment, said Chavez.
Community members can register for the forum at Eventbrite.com by searching for Pueblo Economic Outlook Forum.