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EDP unveils new mission statement and agenda

Joshua Roberts

— After months without an executive director – prompting an agency evaluation and reorganization – the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership unveiled Tuesday a new mission statement, agenda and job description for the future.

The mission statement lists a goal of bolstering the local economy through the recruitment of “primary job businesses,” or businesses that “produce something,” EDP board president Scott Cook said.

The statement reads:

“To improve the business and economic climate of Craig and Moffat County through the recruitment of new ‘primary job’ businesses and the expansion of existing businesses, through a partnership of business, community institutions, and citizens dedicated to enhancing the quality of life.”

EDP officials presented the statement and other new organizational information to the Craig City Council and Moffat County Commission on Tuesday. The presentation came during EDP’s request for funding from the two government agencies.

Cook said EDP is asking for the same monetary commitment – a total of $44,000 – from the city and county as last year. EDP asked for $25,000 from the city and $19,000 from the county.

EDP is waiting to secure the city and county’s financial commitment before moving forward with its search for a new executive director. Former director Tim Gibbs resigned in April.

Cook said EDP officials will meet with county and city representatives again in coming weeks to learn more about next year’s funding.

As opposed to previous executive directors, the EDP board will dictate the incoming director’s agenda, first 90 days and priorities rather than vice versa, Cook said.

“This go-around, the board has realized we’re going to have to direct them more,” the board president said.

The job description outlined by the EDP board cites that the new director shall be responsible for the “delivery of programs and services of both a short-term and long-range nature designed to increase economic vitality of Moffat County and Craig.”

Some tasks the new director will be charged with in the first 90 days are:

• Developing a list of community assets and incentives and a plan of action for industrial park/business incubator.

• Visiting existing businesses/ EDP members.

• Participating with the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business Association, Colorado Northwestern Community College and Moffat County Tourism Association, among other groups.

Documents presented Tuesday also sought to clear up “confusion and misinformation” concerning the EDP. One area of “misinformation” listed was the issue of confidentiality.

A past criticism of EDP by local government has been that it hasn’t been kept up to date on EDP activity.

“It was never our intent to ‘keep secrets’ from anybody,” according to the EDP documents. Rather, it reads, the EDP sought to respect businesses’ confidentiality in respect to potential activity.

However, Cook said the EDP board has come to a consensus to better communicate with local governments, the media and the public. Inevitably, some EDP activity must be kept close to the vest, he said.

“Economic development is almost like a submarine,” Cook said. “It’s done under the surface, but it takes care of a lot that nobody ever hears about.”

Cook said the EDP board is committed to revitalizing the organization and seeing it work toward the benefit of the local economy and business community.

“There is nobody on the board that has time to spin their wheels and not get stuff done,” he said.

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