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2009 Summer Newsletter - Region 9 Economic Development District

2009 Summer Newsletter - Region 9 Economic Development District

2009 Summer Newsletter - Region 9 Economic Development

REGION 9 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST COLORADO, INC. SUMMER/FALL 2009 295 A GIRARD ST. DURANGO, COLORADO 81303 970.247.9621 PH 970.247.9513 FX ed@scan.org www.scan.org BUSINESS LINE New Faces on Region 9 Board of Directors REGION 9 NEWSLETTER DESIGN: SHAN WELLS ILLUMINATI, DURANGO Region 9 board, July 2008 TThe Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado announces several recent additions to their Board of Directors. Wally White, John Ranson, David Mitchem and Steve Chappell have recently joined the Region 9 Board. Wally White is a La Plata County Commissioner, John Ranson is an Archuleta County Commissioner, David Mitchem is the Pagosa Springs Town Manager, and Steve Chappell is a Montezuma County Commissioner. The Region 9 Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from the 17 local governmental jurisdictions and nine members from the private sector. The board meets quarterly and please contact Region 9 if you need more information. BUSINESS LINE REGION 9 BUSINESS LINE IS A NEWSLETTER FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT REGION 9 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST COLORADO, INC. staff & directors Page 6 Region 9 Board of Directors Balty Quintana ~ Town of Ignacio Bart Mitchell ~ Community at Large Bruce Johnson ~ Community at Large Bryce Capron ~ Town of Dove Creek Dan Fernandez, Vice Chair ~ Dolores County David Mitchem ~ Town of Pagosa Springs Dewayne Findley ~ Community at Large Elyse Ackerman ~ Town of Silverton Essica Williams, PH.D., Chair Jay Harrington ~ City of Cortez Jennifer Stark ~ Town of Rico John Ranson ~ Archuleta County Justin Clifton, Secretary ~ Town of Bayfield Karen Hoskin ~ Community at Large Neal Stephens ~ Community at Large Paul McGurr, Treasurer ~ Fort Lewis College Pete McKay ~ San Juan County Regina Fallace ~ Community at Large Rodney Class-Erickson ~ Southern Ute Tribe Ron LeBlanc ~ City of Durango Ronda Lancaster ~ Town of Dolores Slim McWilliams ~ Community at Large Steve Chappell ~ Montezuma County Tom Yennerell ~ Town of Mancos Troy Ralstin ~ Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Wally White ~ La Plata County SUMMER/FALL 2009 A PUBLICATION OF REGION 9 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT OF SOUTHWEST COLORADO, INC. BUSINESS 295 A GIRARD ST. LINE DURANGO, COLORADO 81303 P H 9 7 0 . 2 4 7 . 9 6 2 1 F X 9 7 0 . 2 4 7 . 9 5 1 3 E D @ S C A N . O R G W W W . S C A N . O R G Durango Safety and Rescue Equipment, LLC owner Terry Brown may not think of himself as an inventor, but he has developed a unique product to supplement current technology used by search and rescue crews. The EvacKart is a wheeled device that allows search and rescue personnel to transport evacuees easily and safely in both rural and urban environments. The EvacKart is in the midst of its “testing” stage, and area search and rescue groups are currently using the device during mock rescues in order to provide feedback. Brown is happy that there appears to be no major problems with the design, though he reports that he’s always finding things he’d like to tweak and adjust. Brown did research on ergonomic designs and measurements so the EvacKart would be ergonomically correct for 95% of the population. “But the person rescued during the mock search by the La Plata County Search & Rescue was on the tall side,” said Brown. “I realized that I needed to add longer poles to make the device more ergonomically correct for someone outside my 95% parameters.” Brown said his primary customers will be search and rescue groups, sports venues and theme parks, with additional markets to be added as the business grows. “It would be great to be able to offer customers a basic model that can be customized for their own specific needs,” Brown said. “For example, if you intend to use the kart on stairs, there is an option for a skid assembly that reduces the bounce.” EvacKart offers more efficient use of manpower for low acuity injuries. While current evacuation procedures for rescuing someone from the backcountry may require 4 to 8 individuals, it only takes 2 people to use the EvacKart, Brown said. As a child, Brown, who grew up in California, tagged along with his father on search and rescue missions. A few years ago, Brown developed a similar product for hunters carrying game out of the backcountry. While doing demos at trade shows, the tongue-and-cheek comments Brown heard about hunters needing to carry out their buddies planted the seed for the EvacKart. Over a year of planning, research and design have been invested in the product. Brown worked with the Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College (SBDC) on market research and business plan development, and the Region 9 Economic Development District provided some financing for product development. “Ed Morlan at Region 9 and Gary Masner with the SBDC are great to work with. They really went the extra mile to build a financial agreement that would work best for both Durango Safety and Rescue Equipment and Region 9,” said Brown. Brown’s company has also received one-on-one assistance through the Growth Company Initiative, a partnership including the SBDC, Region 9, the Fort Lewis College School of Business, the La Plata Economic Development Action Partnership and other county economic development groups to provide services for emerging growth companies with equity capital needs. Brown’s goal is not merely to be successful, but to emulate successful business models such as those employed by Stoneage Tools in Durango. “They are employeeowned, and they give so much back to the community,” said Brown. “I want a business that I, my employees and the community can be proud of.” For more information, contact Durango Safety & Rescue Equipment, LLC at 970-247- 5006. SUMMER/FALL 2009 EVACKART TO THE RESCUE Durango Search & Rescue members try out Evac Kart, a new product designed by local entrepreneur, Terry Brown of Durango Safety & Rescue Equipment. For more information about Region 9 programs and services, contact our offices at 970-247-9621 or e-mail: ed@scan.org.

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