Governor to pay Craig visit

Ritter to visit Boys & Girls Club on 'Outreach Tour'

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— Gov. Bill Ritter will make his second formal Craig visit of the year Sept. 28 when he hosts a community event as part of a statewide "Outreach Tour," the governor's office confirmed Friday.

The tour began earlier this summer and has included stops across the state.

"We're saying thank you for electing the governor, updating the public on accomplishments of the first nine months in office and to give the governor perspective on what challenges (communities) are facing," Ritter spokesman Evan Dreyer said. "We're also continuing to listen to people and get a sense of how their governor can help."

Details of the Ritter visit are still being finalized. However, Dreyer said the trip will include a roundtable discussion with invited business leaders from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties, and later, a town hall forum at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Business leaders, residents, nonprofit agency leaders and local government officials from the three-county area may attend the town hall meeting. Topics for discussion include transportation workforce issues, health and child care, energy industry growth, severance tax use, Vermillion Basin land use, education, economy, outdoor recreation and hunting.

Audrey Danner, Yampa Valley Partners executive director, has served as the local coordinator for the visit. She said Ritter's appearance provides area residents with a chance to hear the governor's position on issues critical to Northwest Colorado's future.

"All of us note many changes from the significant growth in Northwest Colorado," Danner said. "This visit will be an opportunity for Governor Ritter to see those changes and talk with citizens on the many issues of concern."

Yampa Valley Partners extended an invitation to Ritter earlier this year to serve as the keynote speaker during a May energy summit in Craig. However, the forum date conflicted with the last day the Colorado Legislature was in session, thus preventing Ritter from attending.

He appeared in Craig the following week for a Cultural Heritage Tourism event at the Holiday Inn.

The governor will travel to Rifle and Eagle after the Craig visit.

"We're trying to visit as many different communities in the state as we can," Dreyer said. "The governor really likes engaging with the people."

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