Business Buzz: Improvements made to entrances at The Memorial Hospital |

Business Buzz: Improvements made to entrances at The Memorial Hospital

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Moffat County leaders discuss local issues at the 2016 Economic Development Summit in Grand Junction. Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado is hosting the third annual event Sept. 15 in Craig.
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Construction is underway on the awnings above the main entrance and Emergency Departments at The Memorial Hospital at Craig. The awnings are being enclosed. Once completed the structures will be stuccoed to match the main buildings.

Economic Development Summit to be hosted in Craig in September

The Economic Development Summit will come to Craig its third year.

The event, hosted by Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC), is set for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Clarion Inn & Suites, 300 S. Hwy. 13.

The conference is designed for economic development professionals, elected officials, educators and business owners and will focus on current economic conditions and trends.

Presenters include Brian Lewandowski of the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, Chris Aker with the Colorado State Demography Office, and Stephanie Copeland, director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Michelle Balleck, executive director of Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, will serve on a panel of regional economic development professionals about communities overcoming challenges. Event topics include entrepreneurship, coworking spaces, regional collaboration, coding school opportunities and hemp as an agricultural opportunity.

“The AGNC Economic Development Summit has been well received over the last two years and we hope it will continue to grow and expand,” AGNC board chairman and Moffat County Commissioner Ray Beck said. “We are very excited to have it in Craig this year. Local leaders, educators and businesses can find ideas and opportunities that can make a difference in their communities by attending this event. The content is informative, and the event is well worth attending.”

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and the Moffat County Local Marketing District are presenting sponsors of the event. Registration is open to anyone interested in economic development and diversification for the region.

The cost is $75 per person or $50 per person by Sept. 6.

To register or for more information, visit or contact AGNC at or (970) 665-1095.

Chamber mixer hosted by Kitchen a la More Sept. 7

The Craig Chamber of Commerce ambassadors are holding a Chamber Mixer with Kitchen a la More. Come see the new shop downtown and enjoy food, beverages and prizes. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 at 577 Yampa Ave., Craig. The event is free to attend, however the Chamber asks that guests please register an RSVP at 970-824-5689 or by emailing

Moffat County United Way to Move

Moffat County United Way will be moving from their current location at the CNCC Bell Tower Building to newly renovated office space at at 504 W. Victory Way, on the corner of Victory Way and Ranney Street in Craig.

Sandra King, owner of King Homes and Land Realty, remodeling space in her building to accommodate the United Way rent free.

“We are very conscious of the money that we spend on administration, so this will give us more money to spend on the community instead of paying rent,” said Executive Director Amanda Arnold. “We should be in the new space by October.”

Tri-State invites businesses to procurement event Sept. 13

Local business owners and managers are invited to attend the breakfast meeting, “How To Do Business with Tri-State,” next month.

The event, hosted by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. and Colowyo Coal Company, is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sept. 13 at Hampton Inn & Suites, 300 S. Hwy. 13.

Attendees will join representatives from the two companies for a detailed presentation on the procurement processes and how businesses become qualified vendors. All potential vendors are invited to attend and learn more about the requirements and network with company representatives.

“Despite Tri-State’s long and significant presence in the community, we understand that local businesses may not fully understand what’s involved in becoming an approved vendor for our company – or even how to explore the opportunities that exist to work with us across our 200,000-square mile service territory,” said Angela Torres, Tri-State’s senior manager of supply services. “We hope this discussion with local businesses is informative and helpful, and we look forward to engaging with them in an intimate setting.”

Craig Chamber of Commerce and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership (CMEDP) will co-sponsor the event.

“We heard from business clients through our office that they wanted to understand the process and requirements to do business with these pillars of our local economy,” said CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Balleck. “We are pleased, along with the Chamber of Commerce, to help bring this event to fruition to help our local businesses grow and expand to serve these industries. Local businesses patronizing local businesses is a key piece of our economic development strategy to strengthen and grow the Moffat County economy.”

Breakfast is provided at the free event, but space is limited. Those interested should register by visiting

For more information, contact CMEDP Executive Assistant JoBeth Tupa at 620-4369 or

Registration for Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days Closes Sept. 15

Registration is open for the Northwest Rural Philanthropy Days conference that will be held Sept. 27 to 29 in Craig. Registration is open until Sept. 15. The fee is $175. For more information and to register visit: for questions email:

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