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Michelle Perry: Prospects for the future

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Michelle Perry

As we work to wrap up our Business Opportunity Toolkit report and head into the implementation steps, I am encouraged by the prospects that lie before us in Craig and Moffat County.

The toolkit will provide our economic leaders answers to questions, including which industries have a defined market in our community and how to assist start-ups and existing businesses poised for growth. This project provides the data investors are seeking and we can use to promote our community and diversify our local economy.

The toolkit is a joint effort involving Colorado Northwestern Community College, Colorado Workforce Center, Craig Chamber of Commerce, and Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, with the support of other key partners.

We will host an event later this month to reveal the tactics outlined in the report and discuss implementation steps. Plan to attend the free Economic Development Principles & Practices from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

The agenda for the event includes Economic Development 101, presented by Laura Lewis Marchino, CEcD, executive director of Region 9 Economic Development District. This will shape our understanding of a strong community economic development program and frame our discussion of next steps.

To complete the work we are positioned to accomplish, we are recruiting some key positions.

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I am currently soliciting applications for our executive assistant position. If you or someone you know is interested in making a difference in our community while taking on an exciting career challenge, read about the position requirements at choosemoffatcounty.com/employment.php.

I am also recruiting experienced businesspeople to fill our local Colorado Small Business Development Center consultant positions. These professionals provide one-on-one confidential assistance to entrepreneurs looking to launch a business or grow an existing business.

The consultant positions are paid per appointment, and these individuals can work on a flexible schedule to directly strengthen our economy. For more information about becoming an SBDC consultant, give me a call at 970-620-4370.

We have ample opportunity before us in our community. We need to seize it and choose what we want our future to look like. Please join us in that pursuit.

Michelle Perry 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 director@cmedp.com.