How Is The Economic Diversification Going?

Michelle Balleck, director of The Craig and Moffat County Economic Development Partnership, and Chris Oxley from The Craig Chamber of Commerce, provided quarterly updates at the County Commissioners meeting yesterday. CMEDP has increased their membership to 43 business, organization and individual members, up from the 17 members who participated in the program last year. Balleck says the organization will continue to work on economic diversification by focusing on community branding and fostering participation in the newly implemented Rural Jump Start Program, among other initiatives. Rural Jump Start provides tax incentives to new businesses which produce a product or service that does not compete with another business in Colorado. According to Chris Oxley, numbers from the Craig Chamber of Commerce show people are still interested in visiting our area.  Walk-ins to the chamber have increased slightly this year, but the chamber’s website visits have increased dramatically with over 28,000 visitors, up from 11,000 people that visited the site through this time in 2016. Oxley says this shows that people from outside the area are still interested in seeing what Craig and Moffat County have to offer.

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