Editorial: Progress limps forward

Craig Editorial Board, Jan. to March 2012

  • Al Cashion, community representative
  • Jeff Pleasant, community representative
  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
  • Chris Nichols, community representative
  • Josh Roberts, newspaper representative

Our View

Development has curtailed this year in Craig and Moffat County, and that’s to be expected in a difficult and uncertain economy. But, there is some progress, and that’s to be appreciated, particularly now.

Inside today’s newspaper, you’ll find the Moving Forward section, Moffat County’s 2010 Progress Edition. The section takes a look at four categories — commercial, infrastructure, economy, and health care facilities.

Compared to last year, the number of developments has definitely waned.

But, it’s in the developments our community does have that Editorial Board members find reassurance. The future of our community in general, and our economy specifically, is a potentially bright one, board members believe.

The economy, it seems, is like a topical bad penny.

It lingers, is always at the forefront of people’s minds, and you’d be hard pressed to find many who don’t consider the economy our country’s most pressing concern.

Still, as evidenced by the Progress Edition, there are signs that our community is in better shape than most.

Development, although somewhat limited, is at least happening.

There is modest growth in the commercial sector, and the energy industry has some irons in the fire, as well, that represent potential future endeavors. And, three of our health care facilities are experiencing positive momentum with patient volume.

All told, the stories paint a picture of an economy that may not necessarily be bustling right now, but one that is navigating uncertainty without raising the white flag of surrender.

That’s the good news for our community’s economy.

What’s the rub?

That complete economic recovery hinges on an intangible no one can predict — consumer confidence.Right now, it’s questionable whether many people are comfortable enough to spend money freely.

Our community and a lot of others need consumer confidence to bounce back. Businesses need to stay busy with customers so they can maintain jobs, and money needs to circulate in order for growth to occur.

For now, the Editorial Board contends the public can be thankful that some positive movement is happening regarding development. We’re not quite at a stand-still, and considering the current circumstances, the absence of a negative can be considered a victory.

Comments

native_craig_guy 4 years, 1 month ago

Economic Development in Moffat County is something that every professes that we need but no one truly wants. It is my belief that the majoirty of people in Craig do not want large scale business development. Local businesses do not want economic development because they will be the ones to suffer. Think about the Wal-Mart. Not one business merchant wanted Wal-Mart to come into our town in fears that it would put their business out-of-business. In actuality, even K-Mart is limping along after the Wal-Mart opening. What we need to do is attract businesses that will work with our existing resources, heavy industrial. We could use more industrial support services in town and they would bring in jobs. We are not going to attract any 100+ employee technology businesses because we do not have the resources that can compete with a town like Grand Junction. When businesses are looking to set up shop they are not only concerned with local resources but also what the community has to offer to a new work force. We have a super inflated cost of living (Homes here are outrageous) we have no skilled technical labor pool to draw from (welders and miners are not "technical skilled" professions) and we have no services that will attract families like a rec center. Craig wants to remain small and they are doing a great job at doing just that.

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citizensforgrowth 4 years, 1 month ago

This whole story is based on the myth that the economy is improving. The only thing going up is food and energy prices.

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taxslave 4 years, 1 month ago

The calamity in the gulf of mexico is going to destroy everything. If you get anything up here it will be refugees. They can sleep in your rec. center.

There is a major media blackout on the situation. They are going to evacuate 40 million people in the near future....but first they must wait until they are all poisoned from the benzene and methane.

If you know anyone in the gulf states....tell them to get out now.

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amberwaves 4 years ago

In these difficult economic times, one would hope that in a small community such as Craig, EVERYONE, including government funded agencies would make some attempt to keep money in our area. I was appalled to hear the Moffat County School District just spent $15,000 on goods from a company in another state, rather than supporting a local business. There is a bid process and the local business, which has a long history of providing excellent service to the district, came in slightly higher than the other bid. I don’t see the economy improving any time soon, especially when our businesses are not receiving support from the community.

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