Chamber, MCTA feuding over funds

Two of the groups tasked with promoting the region's business and tourism are at odds about how they should cooperate.

Last month, the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Moffat County Tourism Association appeared set to join forces.

Now, there is talk of the two organizations going their separate ways.

The tourism association pays the Chamber about $18,000 a year to help cover the cost of operating the visitors' center.

There was discussion in December that the tourism association would pay the Chamber an additional $16,000 a year for an employee.

Now, the tourism association is considering paying the Chamber less than $18,000 a year.

Richard Blakley, chairman of the tourism association board of directors, said the group has no intention of pulling its money from the Chamber. But the association would like to see if it could get the same services for less money, Blakley said.

The group doesn't want to move out of the visitors' center, he said.

The tourism association has been without a director for seven months.

Blakley said if the association had more money, it might be able to hire a full-time director.

At Thursday's Chamber board meeting, the board voted to create a subcommittee to meet with the tourism association and resolve issues between the two organizations.

Pam Thompson, the Chamber board's vice president, said she would like to see the two groups continue to work together.

Collaboration benefits both groups, Thompson said.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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