Economic partnership meeting Wednesday

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Part--nership will put forth its goals for 2006 and elect new board members at its annual meeting Wednesday.

Tim Gibbs, EDP executive director, said the annual meeting is a chance for the group to look back on last year's accomplishments and lay out a vision for the coming year.

The meeting is at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Craig Holiday Inn, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

The organization's monthly meetings usually feature a guest speaker who discusses economic issues. A speaker in January discussed oil shale development in Northwest Colorado, and a speaker next month will discuss vocational training and career counseling.

The annual meeting is more focused on the workings of the EDP than monthly meetings, Gibbs said.

"This is more of a nuts-and-bolts meeting," Gibbs said.

EDP will elect new members to its 11-person board of directors at Wednesday's meeting.

The board members will elect new officers, including a chairperson, vice-chairperson, treasurer and secretary.

Board members serve three-year terms and officers serve one-year terms.

The organization's two main goals are to help local businesses and to attract more businesses to the area, Gibbs said.

"First and foremost, we want to help existing businesses grow and succeed," Gibbs said.

That means providing businesses with job training or financial assistance, Gibbs said.

Gibbs said there are a lot of things about Craig and Moffat County that are attractive to out-of-town businesses, such as Craig Station power plant and the area's growing oil and gas industry.

EDP Chairman Scott Cook said next year's goals might include helping local businesses who have a hard time hiring employees.

Cook said that in broad terms, the organization's goals are usually the same.

"We want to help local businesses in any way we can," Cook said.

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

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