The per-person income for Delta County is $23,495, according to an application for a grant being pursued by Delta County Economic Development.
Among other local economic statistics compiled as part of a grant request for the "Flight of the Eagle" project at Paonia High School are the following ones:
• Median county household income, $41,856 (half are higher, half are lower);
• Federal poverty level family of four, $23,492;
• Delta County population, 30,432;
• Labor force, 15,023;
• Employment, 13,949;
• Unemployment rate January 2014, 7.1 percent;
• Colorado unemployment rate January 2014, 6.1 percent.
The grant application also stated, "Delta County is considered to be the seventh most poor county in Colorado."
The statistical economic synopsis is part of an intergovernmental review of a grant proposal for a rural business enterprise grant from USDA Rural Development. If eventually funded, the "Flight of the Eagle" project intends "to develop the 17 acres surrounding Paonia Junior/Senior High School. The project goal is to improve safety, access and usability at the school campus and to build playing fields there.
A master plan of the project has been completed and project supporters are working to raise funds for phase I construction of the work.
The grant application was forwarded to the county commissioners with a request by DCED for an eight-point review of the project proposal. The BoCC has also agreed to sponsor a construction grant through GOCO, according to DCED.
DCED is currently involved in two other grant projects that could provide funds for initial planning on two projects.
One would fund $85,000 for a study of how sharing of central office functions such as billing and purchasing would improve the financial strength of medical practices.
Another planning grant opportunity being pursued by DCED is aimed at eventually bringing upgraded broadband service to Delta County. That project, aiming at up to $130,000 from the state Department of Local Affairs, requires contributions from local governments in a six-county regional area. Cedaredge has been asked to contribute about $600 and Orchard City has been asked to contribute $800 based on a population formula.
The planning grants that DCED is pursuing are defined by an online authority as: "A grant disbursed for the planning stages of a project."blog comments powered by Disqus