EDP to focus on recruiting

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership has decided to focus its efforts on recruiting new businesses and industry, board President Scott Cook said Thursday.

The EDP board met Wednesday for a regular meeting and board development session, where Cook said the board nailed down recruitment as its No. 1 priority.

"No other organization in town does that," Cook said. "I think it's important for the EDP. That's their thing."

He said EDP member businesses seem split on what they'd like EDP to do -- recruit new businesses or help the county's existing ones.

"We're going to figure out a way to slant more toward recruiting while trying to help our existing businesses," Cook said.

Wednesday's meeting was the second of three geared toward carving out the EDP's roles, Cook said. The first was in December.

Craig Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Christina Currie and Moffat County Tourism Association Director Shelly Flannery have been involved with the meetings, Cook said.

Recent community concerns about the roles of the three agencies have brought the agencies to one another's meetings.

"I think we've all tried to figure out over the last six months or nine months what each of our niches is," Cook said. "We're still working on it, but we're making good progress now at figuring it out."

Cook said the EDP board also initially identified the following goals for 2007: Develop and train the board, improve public relations and visibility, increase EDP membership and help existing businesses with expansion and retention.

The EDP meets again at 11:30 a.m. March 28. The place has not been determined. Cook said the meeting is open to EDP members.

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

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