Government update: Discussions about merging tourism and economic organizations in Moffat County top local agendas
September 12, 2017
CRAIG — The idea of merging the entities responsible for tourism and economic development in Craig and Moffat County was presented in greater detail at a public workshop Thursday.
Moffat County Commissioner Frank Moe presented to the Moffat County Tourism Association Board three possible structures for a new combined organization to drive tourism and business development forward, merging the efforts of MCTA, Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and the Local Marketing District.
Moe began his presentation by stating that no decisions had been made, nor jobs offered, as that was beyond the right or legal purview of a single entity or individual. Rather, he said, he hoped the ideas presented would be finessed into a structure that "everyone can get behind."
Two of the three proposed structures would see a combined tourism and economic development director fall under the management of the Craig city manager, either directly or indirectly, with additional oversight from the LMD board.
A presentation about the proposed merger has landed on this week's meeting agendas for Moffat County commissioners, Craig City Council and the MCTA board.
Craig City Council workshop
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Craig City Council will hold a pre-budget workshop beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 300 W. 4th St.
Craig City Council
The Craig City Council regular meeting will convene at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.
Near the end of the agenda, Moe will discuss with council the possibility of combining the CMEDP, MCTA and LMD.
Dave Ulrich, superintendent of Moffat County School District, will give an update on the district's 5-year strategic plan and yearly goals, while Karli Bockelman, representing Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, will give a presentation on tobacco use in Craig.
Arloa Gerber will speak on behalf of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, requesting the approval of a proclamation for Constitution Week.
Council will also appoint a city representative to the LMD board and approve an intergovernmental agreement between the city of Craig and Moffat County for a regional building department.
Other items on the agenda include the renewal of liquor licenses and reports from staff, the city manager and city attorney.
Audience comments will be accepted at the end of the meeting.
Moffat County Tourism Board
MCTA will hold its regular meeting from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Commissioners' Chambers at Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.
At 4:25 p.m., the board will hold a general discussion about combining tourism and economic development organizations.
Other agenda items include reports on Whittle the Wood, the Bear River Young Life Car Show and the Balloon Festival, as well as reports from Nancy Kramer, program coordinator for Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program, the marketing committee and projects committee. The board will also review possible 2018 expenses.