Officials preparing for 2012 State of the County

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What: 2012 State of the County

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 24

Where: Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13

Cost: $40 for Craig Chamber of Commerce members, $50 for non-members. Dinner and dessert is included. Cash bar will be available.

— Tickets are available at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way, or online at www.craig-chamber.... State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, will be the keynote speaker.

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“It would be really cool to be the third chamber in Colorado to earn accreditation. It would be even better considering the small size of our group.”

— Christina Oxley, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce

Local and state officials are preparing for the sixth annual State of the County, slated for 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

Christina Oxley, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, said the dinner is technically the Chamber’s annual meeting, but has expanded to include addresses by city, county and state officials.

State Sen. Jean White, R-Hayden, represents the Eighth Senate District and will give the keynote address. She said her speech will focus on budget issues, economic development, job retention and creation, education, and pending legislation important to Northwest Colorado.

Terry Carwile, City of Craig mayor, will deliver the State of the City speech.

Carwile said his address would focus on positive signs in the local economy, citing an upturn in the city’s sales tax revenue, the opening of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, and a recent surge in new commercial development.

“The residential market is not picking up in the same fashion as commercial development, which is not as good,” Carwile said. “There needs to be a balance there, but at least we don’t have a lot of vacancies in the housing market.”

It’s unclear which of the three Moffat County Commissioners will present the State of the County address, but commissioner Audrey Danner said the speech will likely include updates on energy activity, continued efforts to streamline government operations, major capital improvement projects scheduled for this year, and bills at the state level important to county residents.

Awards for 2011’s Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year will also be presented, Oxley said.

She said Chamber Board members Mardi Anson and Jeff Smith would also recap the Chamber’s past successes and highlight the organization’s goals for 2012.

“On paper, our goals for 2012 sound really boring, but in reality they are really exciting for us,” Oxley said.

For example, the Chamber is going after national accreditation through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a feat successfully navigated by only two chamber associations in Colorado.

“It would be really cool to be the third chamber in Colorado to earn accreditation,” Oxley said. “It would be even better considering the small size of our group.”

State of the County costs $40 for Craig Chamber of Commerce members and $50 for non-members. The price includes dinner and dessert. A cash bar will also be available.

Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber, 360 E. Victory Way, or online at www.craig-chamber.com.

For more information, call the Chamber at 824-5689.

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