Date Established: In 2003, a new 110,000 sq. ft. main library branch was constructed, and the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library opened to the public.
Current use/ownership of building: The building is under the operation of the Pueblo City County Library District
Past use of building: The Pueblo Library can be dated back to 1891 with a reading room in the Pueblo Board of Trade Building. In 1904, the McClelland Library was constructed and funded by Andrew Carnegie and local philanthropists.
Significant damages, restorations, etc: Always evolving, the Rawlings Library recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation improving access and technology needs in Pueblo
Annual events/functions (link to community events):
Pueblo Kids Day Parade is an annual parade around State Fair time that goes right now Abriendo
Fun fact: The building site is the same site on which four different library buildings have stood.
Community Impact: Since opening its doors to the public in 2003, the Robert Hoag Rawlings Public Library has hosted community meetings, study sessions, job trainings, computer literacy programs, children’s activities and literacy events. The Rawlings Library is an integral piece of the Pueblo community infrastructure, serving as a central place to enhance the community’s culture, bolster the local economy and serve as a place for the entire community to share information and ideas.
The Pantry Restaurant
The Abriendo Inn
Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce
Empowers the greater Pueblo area’s business community by providing a voice and advocacy to promote growth, prosperity, and change.
302 N Santa Fe Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-542-1704
Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo
Provides businesses, individuals, and organizations with direct support, resources, advocacy, and development in a highly diverse society.
215 S Victoria Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-542-5513
Pueblo City Planning and Community Development
Leads the way in designing and implementing investment capital projects to meet the current and future needs of our community.
211 E D St, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-553-2259
Pueblo City Sales Tax Division
Provides businesses with critical information regarding sales tax and use license.
1 City Hall Pl, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-719-553-2659
Offers professional and technical training programs customized for any organization/operation.
900 W Orman Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-549-3320
Pueblo County Economic Development
Offers services and incentives for businesses and provides resources for minority owned business.
215 W 10th St, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-583-6535
Pueblo Diversified Industries (PDI)
Provides employment and development opportunities, in a variety of ways, for individuals with severe diverse abilities.
2828 Granada Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81005 | 719-564-0000
Pueblo West Chamber of Commerce
Creates a climate for a healthier business community through business support, economic growth, and services that boost businesses and individuals.
63 E Spaulding Ave, Pueblo West, CO 81007 | 719-647-9086
Pueblo West Metro District Community Development
Assists businesses with available commercial real estate and the business application process.
356 S McCulloch Blvd, Pueblo West, CO 81007 | 719-547-2000
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Combines resources from federal, state, and local governments and the education sector to offer consulting services, training and resources regarding: starting, sustaining, growing, and prospering your business.
121 W City Center Dr #150, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-549-3245
Southern Colorado Innovation Link (SCIL)
Connects entrepreneurs to resources that support them as they grow.
121 W City Center Dr #150, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-549-3334
Southern Colorado Economic Development District (SCEDD)
Offers assistance with feasibility studies, resiliency plans, strategic planning, infrastructure development, local regulation, navigation, community outreach, and capacity building.
121 W City Center Dr, Pueblo, CO 81003 | 719-545-8680
Allows small businesses to access friendly and affordable capital.
3350 Brighton Blvd Suite 135, Denver, CO 80216 | 303-657-00109
Small Business Loan Programs:
Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (CPACE)
Through the state of Colorado, CPACE Enables owners of eligible commercial and industrial buildings to finance up to 100% of energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation eligible improvements.
Expands access to financing and offers flexible terms to business owners.
1888 Sherman St Suite 530, Denver, CO 80203 | 303-860-0242
Small Business Loan Programs:
Colorado Housing & Finance Authority (CHFA)
Strengthens Colorado by investing in affordable housing and community development.
1981 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202 | 303-297-2432
Business Loan Programs:
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
Creates a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth.
Rural Jump Start Program:
NeighborWorks of Southern Colorado
Administers Pueblo County’s business loan funds and provides a complete range of homebuyer resources.
1241 E Routt Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004 | 719-544-8078
NeighborWorks Small Business Loan Program:
Southern Colorado Community Lending Program:
ACCION Loan Program:
Healthcare Disability Resources
The Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual leadership program entitled Leadership Pueblo. The program is designed for individuals interested in developing their leadership skills. The curriculum affords each class the opportunity to network with up-and-coming leaders and current decision makers in the community in order to grasp a better understanding of the issues facing the Pueblo community, as well as a chance to discuss solutions to these problems.
As a requirement for graduation, all leadership classes are required to plan and implement a class project designed to benefit the community. That is where this QR code resource comes in. The class of 2022 created this project as a means to create a community more informed, providing history and resources about Pueblo. If you are joining us from out of town, welcome, we are so glad you’re here! If you are from Pueblo, we hope you learn more about this great town as we move forward. The QR code resource project features 14 plaques throughout Pueblo that provide the history of the building, as well as resources for businesses, food resources and health and family services.
We hope you learn more about the steel city and enjoy learning about the rich history there within!
Thank you for joining us,
The Leadership Pueblo Class of 2022