Yampa Valley Partners awarded $75k grant to be used for informational system

While preparing to collect and publish community information about Moffat and Routt counties next year, the nonprofit organization Yampa Valley Partners recently learned it will receive financial help in presenting the data.

The Gates Family Foundation, a Colorado grant-making organization, has awarded Yampa Valley Partners with a three-year, $75,000 allocation.

The foundation invests in Colorado-based projects and organizations "which have a meaningful impact and enhance the quality of life for those visiting, working and living in the state."

The money will be used to implement an electronic information system for the Community Indicator Report, said Yampa Valley Partners executive director Audrey Danner.

"This software and Web site development will assist us in building our organizational capacity to provide information and data to the region for effective use in discussions, planning efforts and decision making," Danner said.

The Community Indicator Report is a compilation of social, environmental, civic and economic issues in the Yampa Valley.

Hayden town manager Russ Martin said the report is important to "regional community and economic development efforts."

"Informing the decision making at many levels of the community is essential, especially in these times of rapid growth and change," Martin said.

Yampa Valley Partners will host forums in Moffat and Routt counties in the first half of 2008 to compile report information. The second half of the year will be used for organizing the data.

The report will be published in December 2008.

Yampa Valley Partners fit one of the funding priorities of the Gates Family Foundation - community development and revitalization. The grant allocation, initiated by the Gates Foundation, is one to three awarded each year to "exemplary Colorado nonprofits."

The grant will be allocated at $25,000 a year, and the first payment will be issued at the end of this year.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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