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CMEDP: Dismayed by Daily Press editorial

To the editor:

Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership Board and Executive Director were dismayed to read the Dec. 6 editorial titled "EDP and businesses need to take action."

CMEDP is consistent in the efforts to support existing employers, grow new companies, welcome and support new employers with resources and educate the community about the importance of a strong, healthy business climate in Moffat County. We believe that in order for our community to attract a new business, we need a consensus from the community agreeing to a plan and the commitment of time and money to make this plan happen.

The editorial board is correct that we must tell our story so that all community members, business and industry leaders and local government are aware of our activities and progress "supporting a vibrant, diverse and stable economy for the community of Craig and Moffat County." We will find ways to communicate our message often. This will help each of you understand the importance of economic development activities and how that translates to better jobs.

The reason for our surprise at the editorial is that we have had three editorial columns on ideas we should be doing for economic development projects. Yet, we have not received any calls for information on activities and goals to understand our work. Steve Fulton, Business Success Center coordinator, and Audrey Danner, CMEDP executive director, have met with each new reporter and advertising staff to inform them of our work. Audrey has also met with Renee Campbell and Noelle Riley for support on advertising and marketing our work. Watch the Craig Daily Press for a new column in 2015 to keep posted on the latest in economic development activities.

Also, we welcome the Craig Daily Press staff, management team and editorial board to attend our public meetings to stay current on CMEDP efforts. Our meetings are always open to interested citizens. Our next board meeting is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 21, 2015 in the Moffat County courthouse main level conference room.

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Please call Audrey Danner at 970-620-4370 or email director@cmedp.com for information on our goals and activities to "support a vibrant, diverse and stable economy for the community of Craig and Moffat County." Thank you for printing our reply to your editorial.

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