Jay Oxley: Filling Safeway’s space


To the editor:

Thank you to the Craig Daily Press editorial board for considering the role of the Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership (Oct. 5 Editorial), and for addressing the now-vacant Safeway building adjacent to Centennial Mall. Replacing a solid business that we all used and that has been in our community for decades will be a challenge and require good partnerships.

CMEDP is ready for any inquiry regarding the potential for a business to lease the space from a private owner. We already have placed calls to demonstrate our willingness to help any new business.

We work with all businesses to provide information, data, funding resources and free, confidential business consultation to any private business or organization who contacts our office.

CMEDP is a membership organization that is able to be successful with the city of Craig and Moffat County’s financial support along with that of private business memberships and sponsorships of our events. Our local government provides community development with good parks, recreation opportunities, hospitals, schools and all the amenities we appreciate. CMEDP’s complementary focus is on the economic development of primary businesses that bring “new dollars” into Moffat County and communities.

The CMEDP Board of Directors knows that partnerships make economic development work in Moffat County. We must work together with entities such as the city of Craig, Moffat County, state Office of Economic Development, the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Yampa Valley Data Partners, Small Business Development Center and numerous others to fulfill the needs of the business request. Our purpose is to assist with whatever resources they need to be successful including information, business resources, free consultations and funding options.

CMEDP provides information such as the Top Ten Employers of Moffat and Routt County and Moffat County Consumer Preference Study. Our annual Business Forum was Tuesday and provided national economic trends with state demographer Elizabeth Garner noting the business and workforce trends for Colorado and Northwest Colorado. The Workforce Center Job Fair that follows is ideal for business owners to find the right employees and employees seeking work.

Please call Audrey Danner, interim executive director of Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership, to find the resources to grow your business idea. Perhaps you will become a member of CMEDP or use the services of the Marianna Raftopoulos Business Center at CNCC Bell Tower Building. Call 970-620-4370 or visit www.CMEDP.com or www.CMBIZ.org. CMEDP is ready to assist our community.

Jay Oxley

CMEDP chairman


Allen Hischke 2 years, 3 months ago

If you want more businesses in town, you first need to get the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the DOW to quit killing all the fish in this area. Because of these 2 agencies 2 sporting goods stores went bankrupt, and hundreds of people each year don't come here to fish anymore.


Becky Plummer 2 years, 3 months ago

Why not consider dividing the building into smaller areas and make it an indoor fleamarket that can hold all year yardsales , along with food vendors or maybe a food court and somewhere that could be set up for birthday parties or weddings....


Allen Hischke 2 years, 3 months ago

It is my opinion that what happens to this property is up to either the owner or the person or com pany leasing it from the owner. Any speculation or wishing on our part will need to go to these people first.


dennis collins 1 year, 1 month ago

I wonder what the monthly cost of leasing the space is ? I wonder if that is why so many businesses fail in the mall.


Benjie Robinson 1 year, 1 month ago

There is a new and strongly emerging industry that is causing an extraordinary boom in the commercial real estate business. Soon those people looking for reasonably priced commercial real estate could be lured to Moffat County if the County Commissioners and City Council had the sense to allow it instead of imposing their moral beliefs upon the population.


dennis collins 1 year, 1 month ago

bengie, buddy !

it wasn't the commissioners and city council. Dude ! it was the voters, you know those folks who care about their community enough to keep drug dealers, legal or illegal out of their town.

give it a rest, you can whine till your daddy finally gets tired of it and gives you a good spanking, but the "PEOPLE" don't want it. why not move up to baggs, maybe you can talk "them" into it.


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