Community Indicators Report adding new data

The sixth edition of the Community Indicators Report - a comprehensive look at various issues in the Yampa Valley - will have a few new wrinkles when it's released in February.

Yampa Valley Partners, a non-profit agency, publishes the report every two years.

Audrey Danner, Yampa Valley Partners executive director, said this year's report adds information from Rio Blanco County and area non-profit organizations and features improved design and graphics.

"We've added data for Rio Blanco County to improve the report, and the overall picture of our economic health," Danner said. She added, "This report has some very unique aspects."

The report is compiled using input from hundreds of community members throughout the Yampa Valley, and draws on information from numerous counties and groups.

"We've asked the community in various ways to help us identify those regional issues," Danner said.

The primary categories the report presents are social, economic, environment and civic trends.

"That's our framework and that stays the same," Danner said.

The end goal is to provide easily understandable information that people can use for "informed decision making, and that's for a whole range of issues, a whole range of decisions."

"We let the data stand for itself," Danner said. "We're not trying to draw any conclusions."

The first Community Indicators Report was produced in 1997, and the most recent edition was released in January 2006. This year's report will contain 40 pages.

"We've gotten our process down, and then continued to listen to the community on regional issues," Danner said.

The overwhelming trend throughout the report's history is the relationship between Moffat and Routt counties.

"It's becoming more and more obvious, the inter-dependencies," the executive director said. "It's a very significant theme."

It also has sparked discussion.

From the 2006 report, Yampa Valley Partners determined that energy was an overwhelmingly important issue throughout the area, and made the decision to host energy summits in 2007 and 2008 in Moffat County.

A decision on whether the organization will host an energy summit this year will not be made until after this year report is published, Danner said.

This year will be the last Community Indicators Report for Danner, who was appointed in December to fill the Moffat County Commission seat of the late Saed Tayyara.

Danner said her position has been posted and Yampa Valley Partners now is accepting applications.

There is no timeline for hiring her replacement.

The Community Indicators Report is in the final stages of editing and review.

About 16,000 copies will be published. It will be available Feb. 1 in Routt County and Feb. 4 in Moffat County.

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