State and local officials meet in Moffat County to discuss broadband
The broadband initiative continues to move forward.
Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership (CMEDP) hosted a lunch workshop with state staff and local leaders Aug. 24 at Clarion Inn & Suites to discuss Moffat County’s broadband goals and projects.
CMEDP is leading the local efforts along with the City of Craig and Moffat County, with administration funding from these organizations as well as Memorial Regional Health, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Moffat County School District and Moffat County Local Marketing District.
Anthony “Tony” Neal-Graves, executive director of the Broadband Office in the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology, discussed his pillars for improving rural broadband across the state: Access, performance, affordability and reliability. He also emphasized how broadband is an essential component for economic development, not just entertainment.
Jordan Beezley from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, and Greg Winkler, regional manager with Colorado Department of Local Affairs, discussed the funding and support their respective organizations offer to providers and government entities looking to expand broadband access.
Nate Walowitz, regional broadband coordinator with Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, discussed Moffat County’s engagement with a regional connectivity project called Project THOR.
CMEDP Executive Director Michelle Balleck is currently applying for grants to fulfill the goal to build middle-mile infrastructure to Craig’s community anchor institutions and business community. For more information on local broadband efforts, contact Balleck at 970-620-4370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who attended from the state included:
- Anthony “Tony” Neal-Graves, executive director of the Broadband Office in the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology
- Jordan Beezley from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
- Greg Winkler, regional manager with Colorado Department of Local Affairs
- Nate Walowitz, regional broadband coordinator with Northwest Colorado Council of Governments
This year, a handful of Moffat County High School graduates are setting out to carry on the family tradition. From business to education, these students plan to follow in the footsteps their parents and in some cases, grandparents and great-grandparents.