Craig Chamber of Commerce sets sights on big year

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“I am pleased to report that we’ve informed the U.S. Chamber of our intention to apply for accreditation and we will submit our application for the March 31 cycle. Accreditation is such an intensive process that we will be only the third Colorado chamber of commerce to seek this distinction.”

Jeff Smith, chairman of the Craig Chamber of Commerce board of directors, during his State of the Chamber address last week

— Everyone has those days when items on a to-do list take a backseat to more pressing matters.

For the Craig Chamber of Commerce, such a day stretched into a year.

Despite a flurry of unforeseen opportunities in 2012, Jeff Smith, chairman of the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, said the organization is poised to accomplish amazing things in 2013.

“This group is dedicated heart and soul to seeing the Chamber succeed and, by extension, seeing the community succeed,” Smith said during last week’s State of the County event at the Holiday Inn. “We’ve been successful in many ways in our 66-year history and we have every intention of maintaining that record of achievement.”

Among the things on tap for 2013 is the launch of a new website called “CraigChamberVotes,” which will provide residents with a direct line of communication to local elected officials, updates on legislation, feedback and petition-signing opportunities.

The Chamber also has developed a partnership with Yampa Valley Data Partners to undertake a community visioning process that will culminate with a long-term community plan.

Perhaps most impressive is the Chamber’s commitment to go through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s accreditation process.

“I am pleased to report that we’ve informed the U.S. Chamber of our intention to apply for accreditation and we will submit our application for the March 31 cycle,” Smith said. “Accreditation is such an intensive process that we will be only the third Colorado chamber of commerce to seek this distinction.

“What this means for Craig and Moffat County is that your Chamber is meeting the national standard for modeling and following best practices in our industry.”

Joe Moylan can be reached at 970-875-1794 or jmoylan@craigdailypress.com

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