The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership board announced Monday it has begun the application process to hire a staff person for the soon-to-open Business Incubator One-Stop business support center.
EDP Director Darcy Owens-Trask said she is looking to hire either an administrative assistant or an economic development specialist, but not both.
“We only have so much money to spend and we’re trying to be really careful with our dollars, so we can get the best value for what we have to spend,” Owens-Trask said. “The person will work in cooperation with me, so if we find a really remarkable admin assistant we may hire that, and if we find someone who we think would be a great economic development specialist we’ll hire that.”
Owens-Trask said she has not yet determined whether the new hire will work full- or part-time and said hours will depend on which position is filled.
“If we hire someone with administrative assistant skills and we’re paying less per hour, we can afford for that person to work more hours,” Owens-Trask said. “If we are looking at an economic development specialist where we have to pay for a more robust skills set, we’ll probably be restricted on the number of hours that person can work.”
Owens-Trask said applicant instructions are available online at www.cmedp.com under the “help for business” tab. Applications are also available at the Craig Workforce Center, 480 Barclay St.
Owens-Trask said there isn’t a hard application deadline, but encourages those interested in either position to file an application in the next seven to 10 days.
“There’s no true deadline,” Owens-Trask said. “Sooner is better than later, but if we do not see the kind of candidates we are looking for, we’ll leave it open until we do.”
But, Owens-Trask said she is confident there are plenty of qualified, local candidates.
“We’re looking forward to what we think will be a very strong pool of applicants in both categories,” Owens-Trask said. “Then, we’ll be able to look at what makes sense long-term for EDP.”
Owens-Trask said she is excited to start putting incubation center grant money to work.
“We’re delighted to have strong local funding to continue the work of the economic development partnership,” Owens-Trask said. “We’re also excited about the opportunity to bring in state funding to help us do more for entrepreneurs and small businesses.”
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