MCTA collects 15 director applications

Group also ready to accept 2009 funding requests

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For a complete Moffat County Tourism Association 2009 funding application, see this article on craigdailypress.com.

The Moffat County Tourism Association received 15 applications for its executive director position since advertising a couple of weeks ago and is no longer taking resumes.

MCTA Board Secretary Cindy Looper said many applicants have no marketing or tourism experience, but some did.

The board has yet to formally review the applications, but Looper said MCTA needs to hire a director soon, adding it needed to happen last month.

She expects a hire by the first of the new year.

The director position is an important step for MCTA, Looper said.

"All the board members are very busy, and we need a person to coordinate our projects, to follow through and make sure everything gets done," she said. "It's kind of disjointed right now, without a director."

Board member Melody Villard was one of the 15 applicants. Looper said she will not be part of the interview process and was not given a copy of the applications.

The eventual hire will be expected to work 30 hours a week, with a salary between $17.19 and $20.63 an hour. Board members have said they want the position to be a marketing director who puts together advertising campaigns decided on by the board.

A director also would be expected to handle the organization's phones and e-mail, as well as attend tourism conferences and establish regional and national contacts.

Funding available

The MCTA has 2009 funding applications available for events and other tourism attractions.

By county resolution, the money can be spent only on marketing and advertising. Looper said MCTA's primary focus is to expand awareness of Moffat County outside the immediate area, so the board would look more favorably on awarding money for advertising outside Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties.

Those interested are expected to complete an application and then give a presentation to the board.

Looper said the board expects a follow-up presentation from events that receive funding to explain how the money was spent. Not giving a follow-up can affect future funding, she added.

Money is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call MCTA board vice chair Patt McCaffrey at 824-5105, or e-mail moffat@colorado-go-west.com. Applications also can be found on craigdailypress.com.

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