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The April 7 opinion editorial from Chris Markuson, Pueblo County’s Director of Economic Development and GIS highlighted some of the losses and gains in economic growth County-wide, including recent layoffs and stagnating job growth. While other communities in Pueblo County have struggled, Pueblo West is an outlier boasting a major rise in new homes, new businesses, and economic development interest on some of the most sought-after commercial land in the area. New development in Pueblo West has created new jobs and new opportunities in our community. In just the past year, SECOM, the broadband, and telecommunications subsidiary of Southeast Colorado Power Association built a new facility in Pueblo West creating five new jobs in our community scheduled to open later this spring on Spaulding. Less than a mile down the road, Hymark Motorsports and Indian Motorcycles are building an expanded Indian Motorcycle Showroom, and Big R Corporation opened its 26th store location on the corner of Industrial and McCulloch. Other recent developments include the expansion of Colorado Propane in Pueblo West and an agreement between the Pueblo West Board of Directors and Pueblo School for the Arts and Sciences (PSAS) to build a kindergarten through 12th grade school on the District’s north side.For the past two years the Pueblo West Metropolitan District has been actively recruiting business to Pueblo West, and with it, new jobs. It has been considerably successful partially in part to several new initiatives the Metro District has established to attract new businesses, retain and expand existing businesses, and spur new industrial, commercial, and retail growth in Pueblo West. The April 2016 passage of Colorado House Bill 16-1011 modifying the Colorado Revised Statutes removing language that limited economic development activities of special districts allowed Pueblo West and other Colorado special districts to engage in economic development activities that include business recruitment, increased marketing efforts, and expansion of economic growth for the first time. After the passage of this bill, one of the first actions from Metro District Board of Directors towards economic growth was the establishment of an economic development committee comprised of staff, residents, and board members. The committee meets monthly and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding all things to do with economic development.In order to grow well, Pueblo West needs both primary and retail positions. Due to a lack of local retail establishments, Pueblo West residents currently spend an estimated $174,043,680 per year outside of our community. To further promote the quality of life enjoyed by residents and to cultivate an economic environment ripe for continued flourishing to prospective new businesses; new restaurants, retail establishments, and entertainment facilities are needed. The economic development committee, staff, and the Board of Directors understand this and are actively promoting available District-owned lots to prospective developers, identifying ways to remove barriers to development and establish a web-based one-stop-shop for economic development on our website. In early spring, 2018, the District launched an online development center (www.pueblowestmetro.com/developmentcenter) to help builders, homeowners, design professionals, and contractors navigate the confusing permitting process. The webpage walks permit seekers through the process keeping them on track and hopefully alleviating time and confusion so they can go from concept to construction in less time.In the next week, the District will launch a new economic development website called www.investpueblowest.com. The new comprehensive page has information about available District-owned lots in Pueblo West, resources for new and established businesses in the area, entrepreneurs wanting to cultivate their businesses in Pueblo West, statistics from the Sheriff’s Office on how safe the community is, information on education, as well as recreational and quality of life opportunities in both Pueblo West and the greater region. The concept of the website is to help cultivate established businesses and recruit new growth to the area. With Lake Pueblo to our south, and the Rocky Mountains to our west, Pueblo West is a prime location for continued economic growth, and people are beginning to notice. The future is bright for Pueblo West and the District will continue to encourage sustainable growth in our community.