“I’m excited, I feel like it validates all of the hard work we’ve done and all of the hard work we continue to do. We’ve become a model for innovation of economic development in rural Colorado. There’s recognition we’ve received from around the state for all of the things we’ve accomplished.”
— Betsy Nauman-Cook, executive director of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, about the Craig City Council’s decision to increase funding to $35,000
Craig City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution upping its 2013 contribution to the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership to $35,000.
Council had been contributing $25,000 a year for about the last 10 years, said Craig City Manager Jim Ferree.
The approval came after the budget process and is $5,000 more than the Moffat County Commission’s 2013 contribution. The county last month approved increasing its EDP funding from $14,500 in 2012 to $30,000 in 2013.
Though council ended up committing $35,000 to the local economic development organization two separate motions were presented before the resolution passed.
The first, which was struck down, 4-2, was to fund the EDP at $30,000.
Though he couldn't speak for city council members Ferree said Wednesday he suspected the first motion was presented to mirror the county’s contribution to the EDP.
But council member Byron Willems, who also serves as the city liaison to the EDP board, said council’s decision ultimately to contribute $35,000 to the EDP had nothing to do with what the county had decided to contribute a month earlier.
“My recommendation was to give them the $45,000, which you could tell I was the only one who recommended that,” Willems said. “At least from the consensus I heard from the group, they liked the idea of $35,000 because it was a $10,000 increase and it was consistent with the $10,000 increase we approved (last month) for the Human Resource Council.”
EDP Director Betsy Nauman-Cook had initially approached city council and the county commission with funding requests of $45,000.
Though she conceded that some projects would have to be tabled in 2013, she felt the increased funds from both entities was a confirmation of her board’s commitment to the community.
“I’m excited, I feel like it validates all of the hard work we’ve done and all of the hard work we continue to do,” Nauman-Cook said. “We’ve become a model for innovation of economic development in rural Colorado. There’s recognition we’ve received from around the state for all of the things we’ve accomplished.”
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