Yampa Valley Data Partners fills executive director role with longtime Steamboat resident
October 22, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Yampa Valley Data Partners has filled its executive director position with 29 years of experience in the valley.
Keith Kramer has been tapped by the nonprofit to replace Kate Nowak, who now is the executive director of Routt County United Way.
"I was really always a big fan," Kramer said about Data Partners. He said that he's familiar with the organization from its products like Fast Facts and economic newsletters and that his wife, Stacey, was involved with the Vision 2020 project that established indicators that still are being tracked.
Kramer said his background in business reporting, technical writing and project management is well-suited to running the community data organization.
Kramer was the editor of the Steamboat Today daily newspaper when it was started in 1989 and also was a reporter for the Steamboat Pilot weekly paper.
After leaving the newspaper to earn a master's degree in technical communication from Colorado State University, he went to work for Lucent Technologies, now known as Alcatel-Lucent. Most recently, he worked for TIC before being laid off as the company moved out of Steamboat, and he has been involved in contract work since then.
"I think what this position is going to entail is building on the great work Kate Nowak has done for the past several years," Kramer said.
The goal is to promote regionalism and community collaboration, he said, through the data products that Data Partners produces. Brandon Owens is the economic analyst who was hired in January to help prepare the organization's reports and contract work.
Owens is exceptionally talented, Kramer said, and Kramer looks forward to working with Owens. As far as his own position, Kramer said, he's looking forward to coordinating and managing the organization and building partnerships throughout the community.
Kramer will be the face of Data Partners and said he's excited to be out and about meeting people in Moffat County and reintroducing himself to Routt County.
The organization's office is in Craig, and Kramer said Nowak recently gave him a tour of the area.
"I really liked the atmosphere and what I've seen so far," he said, acknowledging that it's new terrain for him.
A news release from the organization's board states that Kramer "brings substantial experience to YVDP in the form of project management, technical writing, and data assimilation and analysis."
"Keith's practical experience, education and dedication to serving the Yampa Valley will continue to ensure that we provide relevant, usable and unbiased data for business, municipal and personal use," YVDP board President Tyler Jacobs said in the release. "He was selected from a very strong pool of applicants."
Data Partners receives funding from the city of Steamboat Springs, Routt County and its private contract work, but the nonprofit organization also depends on community support and donors.
A big part of the organization's mission is community collaboration, Kramer said, and that is easier when everyone is working from the same baseline data.
"We're completely neutral and unbiased," he said. "In that respect, we're useful to a lot of different entities."