Michelle Balleck named director for Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership
New hire to start full-time June 20
Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership recently announced its new executive director.
Michelle Balleck will take on the position of the organization’s head staff person beginning June 20, replacing Audrey Danner, who resigned in mid-April after about three years as director.
It was her predecessor who approached her about applying for the job, Balleck said.
“Audrey thought I would be a good fit,” she said. “I support the work that they do, I care about our community, and I want to do all I can to help us succeed together.”
After a transition period as she leaves her current job with Chaos Ink, Balleck will take on the new role full-time.
Balleck’s experience includes serving various roles with Craig Daily Press, including editor; executive director of Moffat County Tourism Association; and coordinator of Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council for Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.
Outside of Craig, she also worked as director of marketing and public relations for Middle Park Medical Center, which serves Kremmling, Granby and Walden.
It is her history in PR that Balleck believes is one of her best qualities to bring to CMEDP.
Projects for the year include supporting and surveying businesses to accommodate their needs, working toward broadband infrastructure planning, coordinating with partner organizations, growing Marianna Raftopoulos Business Success Center and supporting area tourism and outdoor recreation growth.
“I really want to continue the work that the board has put into those goals and help them fulfill them,” Balleck said. “Starting out, I really want to meet with all the stakeholders in the community, listening to them and understanding how we can all work together to achieve those goals.”
In a press release, Jay Oxley, chair of the board of directors for CMEDP, said he expects great things from the new hire.
“Michelle’s enthusiasm, knowledge of the Moffat County economic landscape and commitment to our community made her the board’s top choice for the position,” he said. “She’s a great fit for our organization and will continue our work to make Craig a wonderful place to live and do business.”
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