Gov. John Hickenlooper talks with Moffat County business owners about the state’s economic development plan in March at J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill. Hickenlooper will appear at 3 p.m. Friday in Hayden to discuss economic development.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper talks with Moffat County business owners about the state’s economic development plan in March at J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill. Hickenlooper will appear at 3 p.m. Friday in Hayden to discuss economic development.

Governor to visit Hayden on Friday as part of Western Slope trip

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Gov. John Hickenlooper will visit Hayden today, his office reported.

Hickenlooper is scheduled to visit Yampa Valley Feeds, 198 Lincoln Ave., for a 30-minute presentation beginning at 3 p.m. The visit is part of a Western Slope trip regarding economic development.

The governor will present “Colorado Blueprint: A bottom-up approach to economic development,” an outline of steps Hickenlooper plans to take the next few years to support economic development, according to the state’s website.

“We’ve heard about your priorities and needs and believe we have captured your concerns and identified meaningful work plans to keep Colorado moving forward,” the website states. “The action items included have emerged … as appropriate and feasible ways for the state to assist in economic development on a local and regional level.”

Hickenlooper will make the same presentation in Durango and Grand Junction.

The Hayden event begins 30 minutes before the governor’s scheduled arrival. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., three speakers from the Yampa Valley will give presentations on economic developments within the region.

Presenters include Moffat County Commissioner Audrey Danner, who will discuss the proposed Clean Coal Carbon Sequestration Project; Josh Lowe, owner of YampaGeo, a geographic information systems and mapping business in Craig; and a representative from the City of Steamboat Springs, who will discuss the city’s recent long-term lease agreement with Smartwool.

Darcy Owens-Trask, director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, said the local presenters were organized at the governor’s behest.

“We were asked by the governor’s office to highlight some of the innovation that’s going on in the business community,” Owens-Trask said.

The governor’s scheduled arrival at 3 p.m. means Hickenlooper will likely miss those presentations.

Owens-Trask said she was aware of scheduling concerns beforehand.

“We knew that the governor would only be here for a half hour,” she said. “We felt like there were some very important community, business and government leaders coming to the meeting. … We felt it was a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the fact that we will have some great minds in one place.”

Besides, Owens-Trask said getting a governor to visit Northwest Colorado is a rarity that offsets the brevity of the meeting.

“Some previous administrations didn’t get out of the Denver area at all,” she said. “We’re grateful that they do make the effort, even though time is tight.”

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