Economy/Politics

Steel deal showcases Pueblo’s solar prowess

The mill will produce the 200-meter ribbons of rail preferred by railroads. That decision wasn’t a given. Other states, especially those with abundant low-priced hydroelectricity, made a hard run. How Pueblo won says much about the evolving nature of the economy of Pueblo and that of Colorado. Prominent is the solar farm, the largest east of the Rocky Mountains when the deal was announced. It will provide about 90% of the electricity for the mill.

Colorado’s low residential property taxes – c’est la vie

Both the Colorado Senate and House voted overwhelmingly in favor of placing Gallagher in front of voters. Democrats are concerned about likely declines in school funding, and Republicans are concerned about decreased funding for local governments, especially fire and hospital districts in rural areas. Will voters respond like their elected representatives given changing Gallagher will likely lead to residential property taxes trending upwards with future home price appreciation? 

Going above and beyond PPP loans

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has provided important and much needed financial support to businesses challenged by the financial impact of COVID-19 but that is not all that businesses need to adapt and recover. In Castle Rock, it became a priority for local leaders to find ways to help sustain the town’s businesses and overall economy.