Chamber introduces beautification project

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The Chamber of Commerce wants to clean up Craig.

The board introduced its plan for the clean-up at its reintroduced Wake-Up Craig breakfast on Thursday morning at the Holiday Inn.

"One of things we hear from outside of town is 'You guys have a great town and the people are friendly, but you don't have the eye appeal you could,'" board member Lisa Balstad said.

She is heading up the beautification projects, which she hopes to complete across town. The first project site chosen is at the northeast corner of Fourth and Ranney streets.

Balstad said the plan for the site includes paving stones, a Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving and planters with flowers.

"What we hope to do is locate a site and beautify a site in Craig every year," Balstad said.

This first project will cost an estimated $3,000. Balstad said the board has already received some financial and in-kind donations from community members and local businesses.

She said board members will install the items, and city workers will water the flowers.

She hopes to dedicate the Chamber's Mud Splash volleyball tournament on Aug. 26 to raising money for beautification projects. The idea is, players "get dirty to clean up Craig," Chamber Director Christina Currie said.

Balstad said there are three ways to get involved with the beautification project -- financially or by donating supplies, equipment or labor.

Currie is excited about some other projects the Chamber is working on, as well.

She said the Craig office has been selected to participate in a nationwide survey of Chambers.

Chamber members are asked to complete the 35-question survey, which Currie said takes about five minutes.

"It really is a quick survey, and it'd be great for us to get some input on how we're doing as a Chamber and see how we stack up on a national level," Currie said.

The results of the survey will be published in composites. If 50 local members participate, the Chamber will receive individual results from the survey.

The Chamber also is starting a new program that puts membership cards in the hands of members.

Currie said the cards will be credit card-sized and will list some of the benefits available to Chamber members, such as discounts at other member businesses. She also wants to remind members of discounts at Chamber events, and the option to attend mixer events and serve on Chamber committees.

Each of the Chamber's 370 member agencies will receive one card plus 10 for employees. Extra cards can be purchased from the Chamber for more employees.

"We want them in as many people's hands as possible," Currie said.

Currie also hopes to promote the Chamber's Web site, www.craig-chamber.com, to Moffat County residents.

She said the Web site gets 100,000 hits a year, which she suspects are mostly from visitors to the area.

"I don't think residents realize what a great resource it is and what a great tool it could be for them," Currie said.

To help with projects, or to get more information about Chamber activities, call 824-5689.

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