During a recent work session involving the Pagosa Springs Town Council and the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners, Councilor Clint Alley, who is also the executive director of the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, presented the results of a survey his organization and the Pagosa Springs Community Development Center conducted amongst some of its members.
“At our joint meeting in April,” Alley began, “Michael (Commissioner Michael Whiting) said he wanted to know how businesses were doing and how the county was doing with local businesses, so with some help from Ed Morlan at Region 9, we got a template for a business survey and we have done 20 businesses so far. We’re going to do quite a few more than that for the rest of the year, but for right now I wanted to report back on what the businesses have said, not only about the business environment, but also about the town and county.”
On average, the 20 businesses surveyed so far have been in business for 17 years and currently employ 34 people, although the smallest respondent employed 10 people and the largest had more than 200 employees.
Most business owners said their business was growing steadily, but one said this is the first year since 2008 that their business has experienced growth. Most said they are hoping to continue to grow at a steady pace, but some said they would prefer to work on efficiency before growing any more.