CNCC President Russell George to keynote State of the County event Feb. 22

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Who: Craig Chamber of Commerce

What: State of the County

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 22

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

Tickets cost $40 for Chamber members, $50 for nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way.

For more information, call Christina Oxley at 824-5689.

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“We always have incredible nominations from the community and it’s a struggle each year for the Chamber’s board of directors to select just one. But they did choose a winner in each category and I’m excited to see those awards presented this year.”

Christina Oxley, executive director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce, about the seventh annual State of the County address

— An event known in recent years for drawing the likes of Gov. John Hickenlooper, state Sens. Al and Jean White, and local federal agency representatives is going hyper-local in 2013.

The Craig Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual State of the County is slated for 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.The event will be headlined by Russell George, president of Colorado Northwestern Community College.

George, a former executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Department of Natural Resources and the Division of Wildlife as well as speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, will discuss the role of community in community education, according to a Craig Chamber of Commerce news release.

“CNCC and the communities it serves are incredibly lucky to have a resource like Russell George, and the Chamber is thrilled that he has consented to be the keynote speaker at our annual meeting,” Christina Oxley, the Chamber’s executive director, said in the release. “Our business community cannot be successful without a skilled workforce, and the role that CNCC can and does play in workforce development is crucial.”

Joining George will be Craig Mayor Terry Carwile and Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers, who will deliver state of the city and state of the county addresses.

“State of the County has always been an information-filled event,” Oxley said in the release. “It’s great to hear what local government and Chamber accomplishments have been for the past year, and to hear what they plan to do for the upcoming year, and we’ve been blessed to have great keynote speakers on a variety of topics as well.”

In addition to the speeches, the Chamber will present awards for small and large business of the year, and businessperson of the year.

This year’s nominees include Cook Chevrolet, Brothers Custom Processing, and Herod Industries for small business of the year; and Shell Oil, Atmos Energy, and CNCC for large business of the year.

The Chamber is keeping this year’s nominees for businessperson of the year a secret, Oxley said.

“We always have incredible nominations from the community and it’s a struggle each year for the chamber’s board of directors to select just one,” Oxley said. “But, they did choose a winner in each category and I’m excited to see those awards presented this year.”

Tickets to the event are $40 for Chamber members and $50 for nonmembers. The cost includes dinner. There also will be a cash bar. Tickets may be purchased at the Craig Chamber of Chamber, 360 E. Victory Way.

For more information, call Oxley at 824-5689.

Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or jmoylan@craigdailypress.com.

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