EDP board elections next month

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— Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership members will vote for six open board seats at the group's annual membership meeting May 21.

Any EDP member paid up on his or her member contribution is eligible to run for a board seat, where they will be tasked with facilitating the county's economic future.

EDP members likely will vote on paper ballots, with the top six vote getters taking board seats.

People may nominate themselves or another person.

Three seats will be for three-year terms, and the other three seats will be for two-year terms. Those with the most votes will get longer terms.

EDP chose to elect board members with differing terms so they can stagger elections, board chairman Scott Cook said. Because of resignations, EDP is facing a situation where the majority of board members' terms are up, which could be detrimental to continuing projects.

Cook said he is excited to engage the membership.

"We need everybody's help and ideas," he said.

Cook encouraged everyone to participate.

"We need a balance between people that have been on the board for a while, those with some experience and fresh blood," he added.

Cook said he would like community members to join EDP, as well.

"Ideally," he said, "we'd like to have some people who are not members get involved and help us out."

New members would have to pay their contribution before the May 21 meeting to qualify for a board position.

EDP's new contribution structure should make membership more affordable, Executive Specialist Darcy Trask said.

The rates are based on a business' number of employees, ranging from $250 for a small business with up to 10 employees to $750 for a business with 20 employees or more.

There also is a gold level for businesses that have a strong commitment to economic development and Moffat County, Trask said, which is $2,500.

The structure "makes it more economical for most businesses to join," Trask said.

EDP also needs up to three members to volunteer for its nominating committee, which keeps track of the nominations and prepares the ballots.

Marianna Raftopoulos, Jackie Roberts and Nadine Daszkiewicz, all board members running for re-election, are the only ones on the nominating committee so far.

For more information, or to become a part of the nominating committee or to submit a nomination, call the EDP office at 826-2039.

Seminars

EDP plans to continue its educational seminar series, first with a "free money" discussion and then one examining the feasibility of the local wood product industry.

"Free Money for Your Business," planned for May, will center on U.S. Department of Agriculture business grants, Trask said.

USDA also offers low-interest loans, she added, and has incentives for green upgrades, such as low-energy utilities.

The discussion on wood products, planned for June, came about because of the large stock of available lumber from Colorado's beetle kill. Trask said she is talking to Colorado State University to bring in a speaker.

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