Our view: The rubber meets the road | CraigDailyPress.com

Our view: The rubber meets the road

There’s no question that the recent resignation of Moffat County Economic Development Director Tom Flavin is a hitch in the plan the EDP Board of Directors have worked to fine tune and are ready to implement, but the timing is probably as good as it gets.

Flavin took the helm of the organization in a time of turmoil and put policies and procedures in place to take the organization to a new level. Flavin is a nuts-and-bolts director whose strength is in developing strategic action plans and building the framework for a successful organization. He’s done that. The Craig/Moffat County EDP has a solid plan, and now it’s time to hire a replacement who will walk the walk.

Flavin brought experience and professionalism to a rural organization that lacked focus and leadership. He also brought a wealth of knowledge about oil and gas development, technology, business retention and downtown development, but most importantly he brought connections to a strong state and national network of economic development partners that he plugged Moffat County into.

Flavin also brought a level of expertise to the organization that the nonprofit isn’t likely to be able to afford in the next candidate. A person with his knowledge and expertise is expensive.

Flavin grew private membership substantially and set the partnership on the fast-track to become a largely privately funded organization, which was the goal all along.

Now the EDP needs fresh blood and a director who is willing to beat the streets, meet business owners and take an active role in this community.

Tom Flavin paved the road, now Craig needs someone with energy, motivation and the desire to see planned growth step up to the plate.

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