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Two county commissioners travel to D.C.

Patrick Kelly

Moffat County Commissioners John Kinkaid and Frank Moe with Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in Washington, D.C.

Moffat County Commissioners Frank Moe and John Kinkaid were in Washington, D.C. recently to represent Moffat County at the National Association of Counties' annual legislative conference.

Kinkaid is one of three chairs on NACo's Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Subcommittee and Moe was invited to speak about economic development in Moffat County.

"It was a great experience. It was well worth the time and effort," Moe said at the Feb. 23 county commissioners' meeting.

In addition to taking county business to NACo's legislative conference, the commissioners approached other players in government.

While in D.C., Kinkaid and Moe met with U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet, and members of the Department of the Interior.

"I just asked for help with the environmental assessment work on Colowyo and Trapper," Kinkaid said.

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According to NACo's website, "This meeting brings over 2,000 elected and appointed county officials from across the country to focus on legislative issues facing county government."

In 2015, two groups of Moffat County representatives attended two NACo events as part of the ongoing effort to diversify the local economy.

In May of last year, Moe; Brent Curtice superintendent of Moffat County School District; Russell George, president of Colorado Northwestern Community College; Jay Oxley, board chair of the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership; Ray Beck, mayor of Craig; and John Rossfeld, former CEO of The Memorial Hospital participated in NACo's Innovation Challenge in Pikeville, Kentucky.

Four months later, a new NACo team consisting of Moe, Moffat County Finance Director Mindy Curtis, Craig City Manager Jim Ferree, Craig City Councilmembers Derek Duran and John Ponikvar and Dinosaur Mayor Richard Blakley attended a workshop in Grand Junction.

Moe and Kinkaid both said that establishing the relationships with members of state and national government is an important part of securing grants for Moffat County.

"We are in Moffat County and Craig and we're going to get the attention necessary," Moe said.