Partnership works to attract bigger business

Local economic development efforts are slowly moving forward, the group's director reported Tuesday night.

Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Par-tnership Director Tim Gibbs attended Tuesday's Craig City Council meeting to say the group is laying the groundwork for what members hope will be a big payoff in the future.

"We are walking now. We're not running, but we are walking," he said. "We're using small victories to position ourselves for bigger businesses."

Gibbs said he has sent information packets to two aviation and three light manufacturing companies interested in relocating to the Western United States.

Gibbs said he also is working to develop partnerships that could benefit new and existing businesses.

"We need to be effective in developing what we have because we can't cater to new businesses if we don't care for our existing businesses," Gibbs said.

The partnership owns a portion of land near the Moffat County Public Safety Center on First Street. The city gave the group the land several years ago. Gibbs said he would spend the winter researching the costs to develop the site, possible uses and potential revenue that could come from an industrial park.

"It would be nice to market something we control," he said.

Gibbs also is working with Yampa Valley Regional Airport to bolster Moffat County's display there.

"It's a huge opportunity for us. There we have a captive audience," he said. "We simply could do better there."

The group's next meeting is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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