Moffat County awarded tourism technical assistance opportunity grant |

Moffat County awarded tourism technical assistance opportunity grant

Craig Press staff report

CRAIG — Moffat County has landed a grant that will provide training to community members interested in helping grow tourism. 

The Colorado Tourism Office announced July 30 that Moffat County had been selected as a recipient of the Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism, or CRAFT, technical assistance support in the first round of the CRAFT Studio 101 initiative.

"This technical assistance will help us to grow our tourism operations, as well as understand, as a community, the importance of visitor readiness and what being a gateway community looks like." said Moffat County Tourism Director Tom Kleinschnitz, adding that "Moffat County is in a prime position to be taking advantage of all of the opportunities that are available to us in our own backyard."

Kleinschnitz's organization applied in partnership with Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership. He, along with JoBeth Tupa, CMEDP executive assistant, will work as project champions with CTO and a core group of community members between now and November 2018 on this technical assistance opportunity.

CRAFT Studio 101, is a 12-week, comprehensive training program provided to selected rural communities to help build tourism into a viable and sustainable economic strategy. There will be six in-person training days specific to growing the rural tourism industry — for which MCTA and CMEDP are seeking interested community members to participate — in what will become the Core Community Group. The role of this group will be to help drive the tourism discussion and implementation of recommended outcomes upon program completion.

For more information about the CRAFT Studio 101 initiative or to express interest in being a member of the Core Community Group, call Kleinschnitz at 970-824-2335 or Tupa at 970-620-4369. For more information about the CRAFT Studio 101 initiative, visit