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City of Cortez Will Subsidize Beautification Projects for Local Businesses

Austin Cope
A sign in front of Love on a Hanger in Downtown Cortez.

The City of Cortez is encouraging businesses to liven up their premises this summer by partially funding beautification projects.
According to a release, the Cortez Parks and Recreation Department will provide up to $500 in matching funds to Cortez businesses for landscaping or storefront improvements. Owners must fulfill a few requirements, like submitting photos of proposed plans and complying with existing land use codes. Materials and vegetation must also be purchased from Montezuma County businesses.


This comes as the City begins a major construction project. Cortez will begin median installation and alley reconstruction along Main Street starting Monday. Drivers can expect temporary lane closures in both directions and off-street parking until mid-October.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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