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Our View: Moffat goes to NACo workshop

Last week, Moffat County announced that it is one of seven counties in the United States chosen to attend a three-day workshop in Kentucky on how to diversify the economy.

The National Association of Counties handpicked counties to participate in the NACo Coal Reliant Communities Innovation Challenge Workshop that helps regional leaders learn how to become "more resilient" economically.

Moffat County commissioners and employees put in long hours and were extremely thoughtful in the application process, which is why our county was selected.

Not only that, but the commissioners and Moffat County Finance Director Mindy Curtis chose top leaders in our community to attend, including commissioner Frank Moe, Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board Chair Jay Oxley, The Memorial Hospital CEO John Rossfeld, Colorado Northwestern Community College President Russell George, Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice and the soon-to-be elected mayor.

We commend the commissioners and staff for pursuing this important opportunity and for choosing such a diverse group to attend the workshop. The people who are going are the decision makers in our community.

Health care, education and recreation are three of the top areas that people evaluate before moving to a new city, so the fact that both are both going to the workshop is vitally important.

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CNCC is Craig and Moffat County's wonderful secret that's about to burst out and grow our community. The hospital is top notch and keeps getting better and better.

It's our hope that those selected to go really listen and find ways to bolster our economy. We also hope that this isn't going to be like many other efforts in the community to boost business where nothing happens.

Craig and Moffat County residents, businesses and organizations need to support this effort and encourage positive feedback and input regarding economic development. We need to have more of an optimistic view on innovative ways to better change Craig.

We hope that those who attend the workshop later this month will keep an open mind and really absorb what they learn.

In the past, we've had groups and organizations come into our city, telling us what we need to improve, however they really don't understand our area.

That's why we feel this workshop is an outstanding opportunity for our top leaders.

When they return, we need to listen to them and take what they've learned and apply it to the city and county we all love.

The community also has an opportunity to weigh in on what's needed in Craig by filling out a short survey by visitingsurveymonkey.com/s/svpn3yg.

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