The steering committee for an economic development project met for the first time Tuesday. Community leaders got together to hone a vision for a better Downtown Craig. “I have an extreme interest in trying to save this town,” said Karen Brown, president of the Downtown Business Association and lead of the steering committee. Downtown Colorado Inc. performed an assessment on Craig’s downtown and business community in spring 2013 and presented the report in December.
Looking back on the past year, the staff of the Craig Daily Press has compiled the following list of some of the top stories of 2013 for Craig and Moffat County. Some topics are ongoing, some have had effects on state and national levels, but all have been significant to Northwest Colorado.
Effective Jan. 1, the minimum wage in Colorado will increase by 22 cents per hour. That means minimum wage employees will be paid $8 per hour while tipped minimum wage employees will be paid $4.98 per hour. This wage raise in accordance with the state constitution that requires the wage be adjusted with inflation.
Many local businesses saw a good amount of shoppers between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, with the people of Craig and Moffat County supporting small stores with their patronage.
Rural and urban communities need to band together to create a healthy economy. “The state and the future of our state is really linked to our rural and urban issues,” he said.
Downtown Colorado Inc. made a stop in Craig on Tuesday to go over an assessment that that had been conducted in March. Katherine Correll, executive director of Downtown Colorado Inc., said this was an opportunity to get big players in town on board with planning to boost the economy in Craig’s downtown.
It’s the affordability of flights in and out of Denver International Airport that raises one of the biggest hurdles to expanding air service out of the Yampa Valley.
The Holiday Inn of Craig was sold to new owners — a transaction that was finalized Tuesday. New York-based Jacobs Real Estate Advisors bought the 159-room hotel for roughly $3.1 million under a newly formed company called Jacobs 300 Colorado LLC.
As the holiday shopping season approaches, businesses within Craig and Moffat County are not unlike the rest of the country anticipating a surge in demand for consumer goods. Hopefully, the majority of residents will keep in mind the importance of buying locally, but in some areas, the message already has been received.
Yampa Valley residents yearning for cheap DVD rentals, movie theatre candy, new-release Tuesdays and the pressure of some modest late fees have a new movie store to check out.
Yampa Valley Electric Association has purchased just less than 7 acres of commercial land on Elk River Road.
Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership and a new local business, Hill Petroleum, introduced a proposal to Moffat County Commissioners Tuesday to get a tax credit. Hill Petroleum, a full-service petroleum marketer, has three other Colorado locations, and in those locations received partial sales tax breaks. “We’ve been granted a moratorium of 50 percent of our sales tax for three years and for some cases, five years,” said Troy Hill, president of Hill Petroleum.
Wherever you went in town during Halloween, there was no shortage of children in costume around to bring a smile to your face. As early as 3 or 4 p.m., kids and their parents were surrounding the sidewalks of the downtown businesses on Yampa Avenue and Victory Way in their pursuit of Milky Ways, Tootsie Pops, Twizzlers and all other forms of sugary, tooth-rotting goodness that find their way into your bag, bucket or pillowcase upon utterance of those magic words: “Trick or treat!”
Anyone who has walked or driven past the corner of Fourth Street and Ranney Street has by now noticed a significant transformation. What was three months ago a dusty section of parking lot next to Furniture Gallery has become much more pleasing to the eye.
Keith Kramer has been tapped by the nonprofit to replace Kate Nowak, who now is the executive director of Routt County United Way.