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Michelle Balleck: Thankful for the opportunity to help Moffat County sustain and grow

Michelle Balleck/For Craig Press

As we released the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership 2017 Annual Report at the end of January, I was given a welcome occasion to reflect on last year's progress and our goals for 2018.

I am thankful for the board members, clients and contributors who make our work meaningful. I am thankful to live in a beautiful, friendly place. I am thankful for the opportunity to work to help Moffat County sustain and grow.

Luke Tucker, of our board of directors, said it well in his annual report letter: "We all love this place we call home. We all want to see our local industry and small businesses thrive. … We are here to serve you and to grow Craig and Moffat County for the future."

In addition to our many programs and initiatives, we offered direct business services through our staff and Colorado Small Business Development Center consultants to a total of 94 clients in 2017.

One of those clients was Junior Kawcak of Frontier Station, Inc., an agricultural and industrial supply company. In 2017, Junior expanded his business to include contracts with industry partners — both here in the Yampa Valley and markets outside the area.

"Thanks to the work of CMEDP, I have now become a certified vendor with companies such as Tri-State Generation & Transmission and am bidding projects I otherwise did not have access to," Junior said. "CMEDP has made a difference for my business and many others throughout our city and county. I am proud to support and be supported by CMEDP to grow our local economy."

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All the work we do is possible thanks for local government contributions and memberships from businesses, organizations and individuals supporting the impact we have on the community.

We are currently collecting 2018 memberships and welcome discussion about our organization's goals with potential new members.

"At Flint Personnel Services, we strive to find the right person for each job and help people and businesses succeed. Our mission is to operate more as a ministry than as a business," said Nancy and C.J. Skowronski, owners of Flint Personnel Services, a new CMEDP member in 2017. "Our membership with CMEDP exemplifies that mission, as we all work together to support and enrich our local economy and lift each other up."
We so appreciate those who support the work do.

Find out more about our work by reading our 2017 Annual Report at craigbusiness.com.

Michelle Balleck is executive director of Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership and Marianna Raftopoulos Business Success Center. She can be reached at 970-620-4370 or director@cmedp.com.