Yampa Valley Partners pleased with summit

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Reflecting on the success of the recent Energy Summit hosted by Yampa Valley Partners, director Audrey Danner informed the Moffat County Commissioners on Tuesday that the event was valuable in bringing a wealth of information to Northwest Colorado.

"Providing information for the community is the job of Yampa Valley Partners," Danner said. "Knowledge of the changing economy is important to understanding why things are happening."

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The two-day event held on May 3 and 4 was sponsored by 31 businesses, organizations and individuals and consisted of 22 speakers covering nine topics relating to energy.

Crowds attending the event at the Holiday Inn of Craig reached the hotel's capacity, Danner said, and visitors left with a better knowledge of energy issues.

Commissioners attended a number of the presentations.

"Even with energy representatives and businesses making many of the presentations, the information still gets out to the public," commissioner Tom Gray said. "The public needs to hear about China and their big energy demands. We need to stay aware and work to be No. 1 if we want to stay competitive."

Danner said her organization is considering making the summit a yearly event, but no decisions have been made at this time.

Another important source of information in Northwest Colorado is the Community Indicators Project published every two years by Yampa Valley Partners.

Research on the next report will begin in 2008, Danner told the commissioners, with the published report expected out by the end of the year.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext.207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com

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