Newsline: Mike French to Step Down

The Alliance is pleased to announce a planned leadership transition. After four impactful years with the organization, our Executive Director, Mike French, will be implementing a succession plan. Mike will be handing over the reins to our Deputy Director, Sarah Tober.

Press Release: Alliance Executive Director Transition

The Alliance Board is announcing the acceptance of a succession plan presented by our Executive Director, Mike French. The plan calls for Mike to transition out of the organization and be succeeded by Sarah Tober, our current Deputy Director, effective July 1, 2024.

Newsline: Alliance forming plan for early childcare

The Alliance has applied for $55,000 in state grant funding to address the significant childcare challenges in La Plata County.

Press Release: DIDF Funds RHA

The RHA has received a grant of nearly $1 million from the Durango Industrial Development Foundation to create a low-interest evolving loan fund to support local workforce housing initiatives. The Alliance will administer the fund, and is starting the application process for the Housing Catalyst Revolving Loan Program in late spring of this year.

Alliance Wins Non-Profit of the Year

We are honored to have received this recognition and accept this award on behalf of our membership and board.

Durango Local News Network on Catalyst Fund Round 2

Durango Local News Network Reports: The City of Durango plans to contribute $250,000 to the Housing Catalyst Fund to support housing projects in La Plata County, building on previous grants.

Newsline: Catalyst Fund Round 2

Recently featured in The Durango Herald, we’re proud to announce the second round of the Housing Catalyst Fund aimed at jumpstarting critical housing projects. The La Plata Economic Development Alliance is thrilled to share the latest update on our ongoing efforts to tackle housing challenges in La Plata County.

Press Release: Catalyst Fund Round 2

The Housing Catalyst Fund recently concluded its second round of funding, marking a significant step in addressing housing challenges in La Plata County. The Catalyst Fund aims to provide critical early-stage funding for feasibility studies, environmental assessments, and site preparation to facilitate workforce housing development. This round, which saw seven applications and three awarded grants, included support for preservation projects, underscoring the fund’s versatility and impact. With over $933,000 raised, the Alliance remains committed to advancing workforce housing initiatives and fostering community resilience.

Agile Strategic Plan

As we embark on a journey into the future of economic development, the Alliance is proud to present our strategic plan that reflects our commitment to adaptability, innovation, and community impact. Over the past three years, our organization has undergone significant transformations to address the evolving challenges in economic development.

Newsline: 2024 Southwest Economic Outlook

Economists shed light on the economic landscape during the 32nd Annual Southwest Economic Outlook hosted by Fort Lewis College Katz School of Business and Bank of Colorado. Fort Lewis College economics associate professor Nate Peach highlighted concerns about rising living costs impacting economic sentiments, especially among the youth.