Michelle Balleck: A grassroots rumble reaching Craig, Moffat County’s economic strength, quality of life
March 6, 2018
Our community will be what we make it. That evolution starts at the ground level.
There have been some grassroots movements in our community lately, ones that can have meaningful effects on our economic strength and quality of life. I find that deeply inspiring.
The MOCO Trails is working to expand recreational opportunities by developing resources for biking and hiking.
Moffat County Humane Society is leading efforts to build a dog park.
The Build a Pool for Craig committee is working to raise funds to keep the Moffat County High School pool open and build a sustainable future for year-round water recreation.
A group of inventors is working to establish a manufacturing cohort to support entrepreneurialism in our region.
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And, of course, the Luttrell Barn Cultural Committee rallied the community to re-open the iconic piece of Moffat County history last year.
Certainly, there are others I'm neglecting to include here. But this is a strong sampling of the grassroots collaborations enacting change in our tight-knit community.
Of course, all these efforts require some of the following key components.
- Dedicated volunteers;
- Education about existing resources, grant opportunities and strategic steps; and
- Partnership with the governmental, business and nonprofit entities that can ensure the compliance of and sustainability of the projects.
These efforts offer insight into how to implement the change you want to see in the place we call home. You work within the existing framework to affect positive change, elect to office those who share your vision for our community and revise public policy to reflect the ideals of citizens. You involve our community's youth — as several of these entities are doing — to build the next generation of leaders. You share your message bravely and widely and garner financial and volunteer support.
Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn said, "All change starts with a distant rumble at the grassroots level."
I'm encouraged that the rumble is getting louder for our local future.
Michelle Balleck is the executive director of Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and Marianna Raftopoulos Business Success Center. She can be reached at 970-620-4370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.