Gibbs to begin as EDP director Sept. 12 |

Gibbs to begin as EDP director Sept. 12

Christina M. Currie

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Part-nership has a new director, a position that has been open since April.

Kentucky resident Tim Gibbs will begin Sept. 12 as the EDP’s director. Board members expect him to be a good fit for the community.

“He has always wanted to move to this part of the country,” EDP Board Chairman Scott Cook said. “I think he’s going to fit in here pretty well.”

Gibbs currently works in a position in Morehead, Ky., that is equivalent to a county administrator. He’s worked primarily in community and economic development.

Gibbs’ undergraduate degree is in political science.

“I always wanted to apply that to something meaningful,” he said. “The idea of living in a small town appealed to me, as did the idea of coming to a place and making it your home and making a difference.”

He worked as the office manager of a commercial/industrial company while earning a master’s degree in community development.

The combination of retail experience and government em–ployment appealed to EDP board members.

“He has the right kind of background to know how to work with government entities and the private sector,” Board member Dave Fleming said.

Fleming called Gibbs enthusiastic and experienced .

“He’s a very good communicator, and we wanted someone who communicates effectively with membership, potential mem–bers and people with an interest in our community,” he said.

Fleming thinks Gibbs will bring fresh ideas and a new perspective.

By keeping up with local news via the Internet, Gibbs expects to be able to hit the ground running. He said his first task will be listening.

It’s a task he started during the four days he was in Craig interviewing. Gibbs met with EDP members and visited as many businesses as time allowed.

“I’d like to build upon the positives,” he said. “I’d like to have the opportunity to bring more people to the table. For the area to be successful, everyone’s got to be pulling from the same direction.”

Gibbs’ goals align with those already set by the EDP in that he’d like to first focus on helping existing businesses grow and developing new businesses from within the community.

“It’ll be more about community development at first than economic development,” he said. “We need to get Moffat County and Craig into a position where we can take advantage of opportunities as they come along.”

Fifteen candidates applied for the position. Of those, Cook said six or seven met the qualifications. Four were interviewed over the phone and two were interviewed in person.

Of the four candidates interviewed over the phone, only one was a Colorado resident.

Cook said he is pleased about the choice and eager to get Gibbs going.

One of the first things the EDP will do once Gibbs is on board is host a Round Table with the Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Moffat County Tourism Association. The goal will be to look at what’s needed and to determine who’s meeting those needs. The groups will work to avoid duplication of services as well as to make sure opportunities aren’t being missed.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031,, ext. 210, or

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