Employment leaders to visit Craig this month

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Ellen Golombek

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Stephanie Steffens

Darcy Owens-Trask said bringing state leaders to Moffat County can have a significant effect on the local economy.

“I believe it’s critically important that state labor leaders understand the impacts some of the decision-making, in terms of the reg

ulatory environment, might have on the workforce and community of Craig,” Owens-Trask said.

That’s why two organizations she is involved with are bringing two such leaders to Craig later this month.

Owens-Trask is executive director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and vice-chairwoman of the Northwest Colorado Workforce Investment Board.

The two groups are hosting Ellen Golombek, executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and Stephanie Steffens, director of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, for a tour of Craig Station power plant and Trapper Mine this month.

Owens-Trask invites local business leaders and community members to attend the tour, scheduled for 3:15 to 5:45 p.m. July 20, as well as a dinner meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 20.

The location of the evening meeting is not yet determined.

“It’ll be a roundtable discussion where folks can share with Ellen and Stephanie their thoughts and concerns with state level policy and Department of Labor’s approach to workforce development, and also positives,” Owens-Trask said of the night gathering.

Due to space and security limitations, Owens-Trask said those interested in attending the power plant and mine tour need to RSVP to her by Tuesday.

She will contact those interested within about a week to let them know if they have been cleared for the tour.

Those interested in attending the evening meeting should also RSVP. There is a cost for dinner, and Owens-Trask said scholarships could be available for that charge.

Community members can also attend without eating, Owens-Trask said.

She said Golombek’s and Steffens’ visit — which coincides with their attendance at the quarterly Northwest Colorado Workforce Investment Board meeting July 21 in Steamboat Springs — offers an opportunity for Moffat County to have a voice.

“What we have learned is when decision-makers and people in positions of influence in the urban areas come and spend time in our community that they understand our environment and concerns and they’re much more sensitive to those, and we really appreciate them taking the time to come because of that,” Owens-Trask said.

For more information or to RSVP for the tour or night meeting, call Darcy Owens-Trask at 846-1663.

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