Craig Briefs: Hayden targeting new businesses with website |

Craig Briefs: Hayden targeting new businesses with website

Hayden — A new economic development effort is underway in Hayden with a newly launched website, according to a news release.

“The website shows more of what we have to offer businesswise,” said Hayden Chamber of Commerce President Louis Nijsten. “It’s a platform both for people who live here and people who don’t live here yet, for businesses here and future businesses.”

Randy Rudasics, from the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center, one of the advisers for the economic development project, said the new site makes it easier for people to conduct community research and “helps identify the inventory of all available resources for businesses existing and those considering Hayden down the line.”

Nijsten, a property manager and real estate agent, said the website highlights a benefit that Hayden offers businesses considering Northwest Colorado. Hayden has availability of a variety of sizes of affordable commercial and industrial sites already zoned and annexed into the town.

“Hayden has a big advantage of room for larger commercial businesses with lots larger than four acres,” Nijsten said, the volunteer president of the nonprofit chamber.

The website also emphasizes the proximity of Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden and includes a new communitywide online calendar to list local events at

The chamber leader said the website represents a collaborative effort among the chamber, Hayden Economic Development Commission and Routt County. The twofold economic development and community information website is the third new economic development site launched this year with the assistance of the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce and financial support by Routt County. The website launched this spring, and launched earlier this summer. Organizers encourage regional groups and businesses to add links on their websites to the three new sites.

Repaving on Colo. 13 slated for mid-August

Moffat County — On Aug.19 and 20, the Colorado Department of Transportation will repave Colorado Highway 13, also known as Yampa Avenue, in Craig. The project will span from the westbound Colo. 13/U.S. Highway 40 intersection, also known as East Victory Way, north for approximately one block to the intersection of Yampa Avenue and East Sixth Street.

“This project will create a smoother surface on the highway, and will eliminate the rutted section of highway that holds water and ice in the winter,” said CDOT’s Todd Weber. “Not only will motorists experience a smoother drive, but the work will also help prevent the roadway from deteriorating.”

Work will take place both days between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., and will require the complete closure of the highway. No motorists will be allowed into the closure zone for travel or for parking, and are urged to plan alternate routes. Throughout the work, all travelers are encouraged to drive slow for the cone zone.

To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, visit and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Updates are also available via Twitter @colorado


Back-to-school clinic for immunizations offered

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will hold a Back to School drop-in immunization clinic for children four to 18 years old from 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at 745 Russell St. All routine vaccinations are available. Low cost vaccines are available for uninsured and underinsured children. For more information, call 970-824-8233.

United Way hires an impact coordinator

Craig — Moffat County United Way announced it has hired Amanda Arnold as its Community Impact Coordinator, according to a press release. Her first day was July 23.

Arnold will develop, coordinate, administer and lead activities related to community impact programs in Moffat County. The first program that she will focus on implementing is Bridges out of Poverty, but she will work on many other community impact projects in the future, according to the release.

Bridges Out of Poverty is a powerful model for economic and social change, sustainability and stability. It inspires innovative solutions in those looking to counter poverty and its impact at all levels in a community. This approach helps employers, higher education, community organizations, social service agencies, hospitals, individuals and others address poverty in a comprehensive way. People from all economic classes come together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes, and support those who are moving out of poverty, according to the release.

“I am very excited about my new position as the Community Impact Coordinator and the opportunity it provides me to help make positive changes for our community,” Arnold said in the release. “Since I began my work with Connections 4 Kids, I have really developed a passion for the non-profit sector. I have become very inspired to be an active member of my community.”

Arnold currently is the Oral Health Coordinator for Connections 4 Kids. In this position she is charged with implementing the Cavity-Free at Three programs in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties. Connections 4 Kids received a three-year grant through The Colorado Trust to implement the Cavity-Free at Three programs and that grant ends Dec. 31, 2013. Amanda will finish her work with Connections 4 Kids, as it is part time, as well as begin her position with Moffat County United Way, according to the release.

Arnold earned a Bachelor of Science in health care management with a minor in business at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

“We are pleased to welcome Amanda to Moffat County United Way and begin our community impact work, said Corrie Ponikvar, Executive Director, in the release. “Amanda’s education and experience in the non-profit and health care field give her a great set of skills and relationships to build on. I am positive Amanda will be successful in helping United Way establish our new community impact programs.”

Arnold, her husband Daniel, and their two children, Kyler, 7, Kaylee, 5, live in Craig. Arnold has enjoyed helping the Connections 4 Kids council with events and activities. She also enjoys volunteering in her children’s classrooms, according to the release.

For more information about the Moffat County United Way Community Impact Program, contact Amanda Arnold at 970-826-2039 or visit www. united

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