EDP readies local plan for public meeting in Craig

If you go

What: Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership economic development strategy meeting

When: 6:15 p.m. Feb. 22

Where: second-floor conference room, county courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way

• The meeting is open to the public.

In an effort to update Moffat County’s economic development plan, the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership began reaching out to the community earlier this month for input.

EDP didn’t receive as much public feedback as members hoped, but executive director Darcy Owens-Trask doesn’t believe that’s necessarily a bad thing.

“Given how much we’ve sent out and how much discussion there’s been about economic development, either people are really busy or I think they might generally feel like we’re doing the right thing,” Owens-Trask said during EDP’s monthly meeting Wednesday at the Moffat County Courthouse.

The county’s economic development plan was one of the main items on the meeting’s agenda. The plan is currently being revised as part of a statewide effort.

The initial call for public input was done by e-mail and had less than 10 responses, EDP board member Chris Jones said.

EDP is hosting a public meeting Feb. 22 at the courthouse, where it hopes to receive additional input from outside the agency.

Before the upcoming meeting, Owens-Trask wants EDP board members to review the public input it has received to ensure the plan isn’t missing an obvious need.

Then, EDP will present the plan to the public and allow time for discussion.

“EDP is way past the point where we need to say, ‘What should we be doing?’” Owens-Trask said. “We’ve got that. We just need to say, ‘We’re fine-tuning.’ Maybe what we’ll find out is we were so close to where we needed to be there wasn’t a lot of fine-tuning that needs to be done. I don’t know.”

The goal, Jones said, is to have the community buy into the economic plan.

“That’s why we sent it out to so many organizational leaders is that if we don’t have buy-in, it’s just a plan,” he said. “We’re moving with the plan and we’re hoping that everyone wants to get on the bandwagon. Dialogue is becoming just that, dialogue. We’re going to need to set action in motion.”

The local economic plan will be incorporated into a regional plan next month, and eventually into a statewide plan.

Jones said the local plan is being fast-tracked so a draft can be given to Gov. John Hickenlooper when he visits Craig for the State of the County event March 9.

“I think we need to stress that we’re not doing this to appease the governor’s assignment,” Jones said. “We’re doing it because the community needs it.”

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