Local agencies learn to work together

Meeting addresses need for communication, updated Web sites

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Moffat County commissioner Saed Tayyara and Craig City Manager Jim Ferree are the first people Triple Crown officials contacted about whether they could bring the event to Craig. Instead, the two government representatives said they would like other agencies to be contact points to make decisions that could bring potential revenue and tourists to Craig.

"We need to get more agencies involved," Ferree said.

Determining what role each agency should play was the impetus of a roundtable meeting Thursday afternoon at the Holiday Inn.

Representatives from groups including the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Part--nership, Moffat County Tourism Association, the Downtown Bus--iness Association and others, weighed in on what they think their roles should be.

For example, it was determined that the EDP would be responsible for business recruiting, Colorado Northwest Com--munity College and the Moffat County School District would handle training, and the MCTA and the Cultural Heritage Tour--ism board would handle tourism issues.

Developing clear routes of communication and concise Web sites for outsiders were identified as the main components for marketing the area. Participants said they would like to have links connecting Web users to groups.

Indeed, perusing Web sites was the first contact newcomers Dr. Carolyn Gochee and Holiday Inn's Director of Sales Tammie Thompson had before moving to Craig.

Both said Thursday that many Web sites about Craig weren't helpful, nor did they appear high on search engine lists for Craig.

"We need to have a commitment to get a few people to try to make it happen. That way, we can make a difference," EDP director Tim Gibbs said about updating Web sites.

Volunteers from some agencies agreed to interact and help coordinate those efforts.

Participants also agreed that area groups should tune into a single event calendar available through the Craig Chamber of Commerce to limit overbooking special events and functions.

One example of not overlapping duties may come from the MCTA. Assistant chairman Frank Moe said the group, which is need of a director, is considering filling that position a little differently. It may involve paying a person part time for answering tourism-related questions through the Chamber.

"I don't think we solved any problems, but we found out that we had some problems," Scott Cook said at the meeting's end. "Every time we get together like this, we learn things that I don't even know we had."

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