Picking up the economic pieces

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership met this week and appears to be moving in the right direction after going through some growing pains at the end of last year.

The organization that is bolstered financially through local businesses and government, is seeking a new director and new members, which would equate to more money.

No one can argue the importance of economic development, especially in an era of a dwindling state and federal funds.

As was pointed out in a meeting this week, 68 percent of jobs in Moffat County pay less than the state average and job growth has been in secondary, low-paying jobs in the service and retail industry

We believe the partnership is taking the right steps in its cautious approach in filling the director's position. While qualifications certainly are critical, we think whoever is hired as the director should be a good "fit" for our community.

We want to commend the volunteer board members who have stuck with the project through some chaotic periods when it would have been easy for them to have thrown up their hands and quit. We also want to encourage area businesses to get involved in the effort, which could have a meaningful and substantial impact on the area's future.

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