Craig/Moffat County EDP board set to fill 3 openings

If you go

What: Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership annual meeting

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Parks and recreation conference room at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

— The meeting is open to the public.

It has not been an easy 12 months for economic growth in Moffat County.

But, in the midst of an economic recession, Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership officials said they continue to look for ways to diversify and build the local economy.

Looking to the future, EDP hopes initiatives like the BUILD project — designed to help new and existing business owners better understand the city and county building processes — will become the backbone for economic stability.

EDP will host its annual meeting Tuesday to discuss future ideas, including the BUILD project, and elect board members and officers.

The meeting will be from noon to 2 p.m. in the parks and recreation conference room at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

“We’re looking to see what the processes are between the utility companies and city and county to see if there’s a way to streamline the process of prospective people coming into town,” said Jay Oxley, EDP vice-chairman, of the BUILD project.

EDP members will also vote on new board members to fill open seats during the meeting.

There are three board openings, positions once filled by Nadine Daszkiewicz, Gene Bilodeau and the late Marianna Raftopoulos.

Three EDP members have been nominated for the open seats — Bilodeau, Daszkiewicz and Chris Jones.

EDP is still accepting nominations for the open seats, and any member in good standing can nominate or be nominated.

Terms will last for one year.

The offices of chair, vice-chair, treasurer and secretary will also be decided at

the meeting.

Oxley said potential new board members should have a strong interest in Moffat County’s economic growth.

“Honestly, we’re just mainly looking for people that have a true interest in our local economic development,” he said. “We’re looking for diversified opinions and people that don’t all think the same.”

He said the time commitment is not overwhelming, and includes a monthly meeting and occasional planning sessions.

For Oxley, who has been on the board for several years, the experience is rewarding and educational.

“I really enjoy it,” he said. “I have learned there are a lot of other people that share the same passionate feeling I do for this town.”

In the midst of an economic recession, Oxley believes EDP has been successful in the last year by finding ways to stimulate local economic growth by promoting new small businesses and development for existing businesses.

“I’ve learned that it’s not as easy to find businesses that are willing to relocate, but there’s the concept of economic ‘gardening’ among existing businesses and entrepreneurs,” he said. “It’s interesting in this economy now with people out of work, we tend to have a lot of people who want to start their own business.

“People are coming up with interesting ideas on what they can be doing.”

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