Chamber to eliminate duplicated services

The Craig Chamber of Commerce seeks to avoid duplication of services in 2007, Chamber board President Gene Bilodeau reported Tuesday at the 2007 State of the County event.

He said the board hopes to work closely with the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership and Moffat County Tourism Association in the coming year to get more accomplished.

He also cited the board's other goals: Incorporating youth into the community and taking a stand on hotbed community issues.

Chamber Executive Director Christina Currie said the board has achieved its many goals for 2006, including increasing the Chamber's exposure in the community and improving communication. Currie said the Chamber's e-mail campaign, newsletter and weekly event calendar are measures she uses to accomplish these goals.

The Chamber also implemented a member visitation program to meet with member businesses individually and tailor programs for their needs.

The Chamber updated and streamlined its database, Web site and referral system last year, Currie said. The board reintroduced the quarterly Wake-Up Craig breakfasts and will soon finish its beautification project, which places landscaping and a carved wood statue at the corner of the Fourth and Ranney streets.

"We're putting our money where our mouth is to do something concrete to improve the community," Currie said.

The Chamber distributes its new member-to-member discount cards today during its Member Appreciation Day.

Currie also explained the Chamber's role: operating a Chamber, visitor center and sportsmen information center in one building with limited staff.

She said the office receives 12,000 visits and phone calls a year and mails information to 1,200 people a year.

"We try to continue to be that one-stop place for information people need," Currie said.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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