Business Buzz: Craig Moffat Community Investment Cooperative meeting Wednesday |

Business Buzz: Craig Moffat Community Investment Cooperative meeting Wednesday

Angela Torres, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s senior manager of supply services, left, and Luis Salas, Tri-State contract manager, present to a group of about 45 local business owners and managers during How To Do Business with Tri-State, which was held Sept. 13 at the Hampton Inn & Suites.
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The community is invited to an informational meeting for the Craig Moffat County Investment Cooperative. Join family friends, neighbors and local business leaders at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. A light dinner will be served.
For more information call Chris Nichols at 970-846-1815 or Frank Moe at 970-756-7109, or visit

Local airport next stop for EDP board

Moffat County business leaders will get a behind-the-scenes look at regional airport operations Wednesday, Sept. 20 during the next business visit meeting of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors. The meeting and tour are set for 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Craig-Moffat Airport, 3005 Colo. Highway 394.

Airport Manager Jerry Hoberg will provide a tour of the facility and discuss its uses. Mountain Air Spray owner Luke Tucker will explain his business’s role at the airport, which includes agricultural spraying and fueling planes.

The CMEDP board convenes in a boardroom-style meeting quarterly — in January, April, July and October — and tours local businesses during the remaining months. CMEDP board meetings are open to the public, and anyone interested is encouraged to attend the business visit.

“The airport is an important economic driver for our community, and I am excited to get a behind-the-scenes look at its operations,” CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Balleck said. “These business visit meetings are a great way for us to be out in our local companies, seeing the work they are doing, deeply understanding our economy and making decisions based on the feedback we hear from local business owners and managers.”

For more information, contact Balleck at 970-620-4370 or

Tri-State to outlines procurement process 

It’s all about relationship-building.

That was the message from staff during the “How To Do Business with Tri-State” breakfast event Sept. 13 at Hampton Inn & Suites.

“Decisions about contracting are really a joint process amongst local staff and headquarters,” said Rich Thompson, plant manager of Craig Station power plant. “Building those relationships across the organization helps us to be familiar with your product and service offerings and work with you on appropriate bid requests.”

About 45 local business owners and managers participated in the event, hosted by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. and Colowyo Coal Company. Drew Kramer, senior external affairs advisor, presented an overview of Tri-State’s structure and reach. Angela Torres, Tri-State’s senior manager of supply services, and her team explained the procurement process. Company representatives also included other staff from the Denver headquarters and local staff from the power plant and Colowyo.

Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and Craig Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored the event.

The critical first step for potential on-site contractors is to enroll in the BROWZ supplier qualification and management system. This allows the companies to ensure safety and insurance requirements are met by contractors conducting work on their properties.

Then, those relationships take over, Torres said.

“As a not-for-profit corporation, we support our members across our service territory. So, our priority is working with local contractors, when that’s possible,” she said. “We are encouraged by the overwhelming response to this event and the opportunity to begin conversations with these local businesses.”

Business representatives interested in learning more are invited to participate in free, confidential one-on-one consultations through the Colorado Small Business Development Center network. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Balleck at 970-620-4370 or

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