Curtice, Gerber, George, et. all: Let’s stay positive
To the editor:
This year, a small group of individuals from a variety of businesses and industries began meeting to discuss how we could begin impacting the culture of our community in a positive way. The success of our organizations, as well as the success of this community, depends greatly on the strength of our infrastructure partners — schools, government, health care and industries. Our desire is to work collaboratively with one another to achieve the necessary strength to move ourselves forward.
Our community has a lot to offer, and everyone is working to grow and improve. We want to see a shift in the community’s dialogue — rather than focus on “what was” or “what isn’t working,” we want to focus on the “what is” and “where we are going.” Instead of dwelling on decisions or changes that we may not agree with, we want to focus on how we can positively impact the direction we’re heading.
Some positives we want to highlight:
■ The Craig Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Yampa Valley Data Partners is holding a series of meetings to determine what our vision should be for the next 30 years. They are asking for the community’s input with the intention of helping our partners make informed decisions about the future.
■ The Moffat County School District is laser-focused on improving student achievement and working within a very constrained budget. They’re working to ensure that their teachers and staff have the tools they need to help our students — our future leaders — achieve at the highest levels.
■ The Memorial Hospital offers more services and more doctors than ever before. They are working to ensure that exceptional health care options always will be available in this community.
■ Colorado Northwestern Community College is experiencing growth in enrollment for the fall semester. It’s looking at how to expand education opportunities for students — both traditional and nontraditional. Every decision is made based on how it will help our students and strengthen CNCC’s position in the community.
■ Moffat County United Way is close to achieving its 2015 fundraising goal of $450,000. The money raised by United Way benefits more than 50 local nonprofits. This is a testament to the commitment our community members have to taking care of each other. United Way’s Campaign theme is “Helping Everyone, Every Day” and it shows.
■ Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership provides resources for new, existing and primary businesses for economic growth. The Marianna Raftopoulos Business Success Center provides individual consultations and workshops for entrepreneurs and business owners to strengthen our local business climate.
■ Moffat County and the city of Craig meet regularly to determine how they can work together to provide services to the community and reduce expenses.
These are just a few examples of the good work being done.
We are seeing our energy partners thrive — increased coal production, new energy companies interested in our natural resources and power companies investing in their infrastructure. If we don’t talk about the good work we’re all accomplishing, we’re missing an opportunity. If we don’t talk about it, who will? We want prospective companies and community members to get online and read about what’s working well and the bright future ahead.
Brent Curtice and Tinneal Gerber, Moffat County School District
Russ George, Colorado Northwestern Community College
Christina Oxley and Missy Bonaker, Craig Chamber of Commerce
Corrie Ponikvar, Moffat County United Way
John Rossfeld and Jennifer Riley, The Memorial Hospital at Craig
Audrey Danner and Jay Oxley, Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership
Renee Campbell, Craig Daily Press
Jim Ferree, Joe Bird and Terry Carwile, City of Craig
Frank Moe, Deer Park Inn, commissioner-elect
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