Our View: Opening the door

Craig nearly missed its chance at being the possible location of a sports complex because no one knew exactly who should lead the effort.

Have there been other opportunities that slipped past for the same reason?

But no more.

It was heartening to see those interested in Craig's economic future sit down together and really talk about what each group is doing and who should be responsible for what.

The meeting opened the door to a valuable discussion. To taxpayers and organization members, that meant a concerted effort to ensure no group is duplicating what another is doing. To those current and future business owners, the result will be an effort to plug any holes in the services provided.

An Idaho-based business is looking at relocating to Colorado. Who in Craig can work with it? The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership.

A manufacturing company would like to come to Craig, but owners are worried about finding a trained work force. What's the solution? Work with the college and work force center to find employees and train them.

Those were some of the easy questions.

More difficult were who's taking the lead on health insurance issues? What group is responsible for work force and employer training?

The lines aren't always clear, but the goal is the same -- a better economy for Moffat County. It behooves all those with that goal to work together.

Thursday's meeting was a great first step.

What's nearly as important is the second step. Several issues were identified that need more work: Communication, a better and more consistent Web presence, a local brand and others. We hope that those issues don't go unresolved and that group members continue to put effort toward finding individual and group solutions. We know that most of those participating do so as volunteers and we thank them for their interest and dedication.

With such as large task before them, it will take everyone's effort to make a difference. It's refreshing to see the commitment, now we hope to see some action.

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