Economic Development Partnership on path to success

On Tuesday, Jan. 14th, I was asked, at a Craig City Council meeting, to supplement a council report regarding the current activities of the Craig Moffat County Economic Development Partnership (EDP). The current status may be of some interest to the residents of our community as well.

The EDP board clearly admits that we are not currently working in the arena that we would like to be in. In an effort to return to course, we have set some realistic and achievable short-term goals. These goals include improving our team-building effort within our community, establishing a facilitated economic workshop, and implementing procedures to avoid duplication of effort and confusion. The EDP board of directors consists of highly visible, dedicated, successful, and committed business people and community leaders. Personally, I am humbled and very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with this group.

Our longer or intermediate term goals are to continue working with the Connect to Craig, our Target Industry Analysis Report, by preparing the "welcoming environment."

At this Jan. 14 meeting, the council initiated the first step to pass a future ballot question to allow the residents of the city to consider changing the designation of the sewer lagoons from city water property to general city property. This change of designation will allow that property to become what hopefully will be identified as Craig's Technical and Communication Business Park. The EDP will continue to work with the state's Western Slope Business and Development Resource coordinator to identify and recruit business interests seeking relocation to Colorado's Western Slope.

Unquestionably, the single most important goal of the EDP is continue working to educate, inform, and unite our community behind this effort.

If you should have any questions regarding EDP or you would like to contact a board member, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached at 824-9115. I hope this is helpful.

Les Hampton

Chairman, EDP

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