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The time of giving is here

Autumn is by far my favorite time of year. I love fall sports, the cooler nights and changing colors. It’s not only a change in season, it’s a change in habits as the days get shorter, whi...

Finding good employees during the staffing crisis

“It can be like finding a needle in a haystack.” That’s what one business owner said to me recently while trying to fill a vacant position. Hopefully the expiration of the supplemental unemp...

Now is the time to take advantage of the job market

As I walked around downtown recently, I noticed numerous help wanted signs. Businesses are continuing to emerge from the pandemic and need employees. If you are looking to make a career chan...

Who let the dogs (and cats) out?

These days, we all could use a little fun and something to celebrate, especially after this past year. We are excited to announce the Durango Chamber of Commerce is bringing back its Coolest...

With freedom comes great responsibility

Emerging, transitioning and evolving are all words used to describe how we might be feeling these days, or as I like to say, “as we come out of our COVID cocoons.” I want to thank San Juan B...

Leadership comes in many forms

Challenging times call for creativity, and they certainly call for leadership. If nothing else, Durango and its residents are known for the adage, when times get tough, the tough get going. ...

Respecting the past while embracing our future

Don’t you love acronyms? (I’m thinking you just said “not.”) It’s as if we speak in code with a bunch of letters. Well, I apologize, I’m going to give you another one, one that yo...

Focusing on the chamber’s three buckets

Our Chamber board and staff recently held our annual strategic planning retreat (virtual, of course, but it worked thanks to Sandhya Tillotson). Our annual retreat is our opportunity to revi...

Elections are a chance to let your voice be heard

With every election comes new opportunities. It’s a cliché and probably redundant for me to say this, but now more than ever we need to know who is running for City Council and th...

We’ll boom instead of bust locally

Those who have read about Durango’s history know that we’ve been called a “Boom and Bust” town. Well, we’re somewhat in the bust era again thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and cur...

Moving on from 2020 without Rita

I saw a joke the other day on the internet saying that “2020” is going to be considered a term used for profanity. We have a new four-letter word in our vernacular. I laughed (we ...

Buy local or bye-bye local this winter

You know me by now. I’m all about keeping our economy going and all of us thriving – which has never been more important in the 38 years I’ve been here in Durango. We all need to ...