County’s economic development plan nears completion

RBC I In the coming weeks, Rio Blanco County will receive the final Recommended Action Plan from Better City, an economic development firm based in Ogden, Utah. Over the past year, Rio Blanco County, working collaboratively with the Towns of Meeker and Rangely, Meeker and Rangely chambers of commerce, Colorado Northwestern Community College, small business […]

Broadband groundbreaking…

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday in Meeker Town Park to mark the start of the Rio Blanco County-wide construction on a broadband Internet system for all parts of the county. Speaking to roughly 40 people present were, from left, county Economic Development Director Katelin Cook; county IT Coordinator Blake Mobley; County Commissioner Jeff Eskelson; Alex Thorquist of network operator; and Meeker Town Administrator Scott Meszaros. All spoke of the importance of this project to Rio Blanco County and what it will mean for economic development and everyday life in the county.

Meetings set on Better City assessments

RBC I Rio Blanco County will be hosting community open-house meetings in Rangely and Meeker on Wednesday concerning the Economic Development Assessment conducted by Better City regarding the economic future for both towns.

Better City report recommends a power plant for Rio Blanco County

RBC I When Rio Blanco County and the towns of Meeker and Rangely recently contracted with Better City to hear analysis and new ideas for economic growth, they weren’t just looking for the towns themselves, but also for the county.

Report: Rangely also has series of ups and downs

RANGELY I A small group of local government officials and citizens met July 14 with the staff of Better City to learn their discoveries and recommendations for the Rangely part of the Rio Blanco County Economic Development Strategy, Phase I—Community Assessment. The county and towns of Meeker and Rangely contracted Better City to conduct a […]

Report: Plans offered to promote Meeker economy

MEEKER I Last week, the Rio Blanco County Economic Development Strategy, Phase I- Community Assessment Report for Meeker was released. The report, prepared by Better City, contains a list of assets and liabilities in the town, a SWOT analysis and recommendations for potential improvements to the community.

Economic development projects advancing throughout county

RBC I Economic development projects in Rio Blanco County (RBC) are moving forward, among them the launch of two Small Business Development Center (SBDC) satellite offices and assessing the economic impacts of coal in the region. RBC Economic Development Coordinator Katelin Cook said the SBDC satellites, located in the Meeker and Rangely Area Chamber of […]

Local development forum eyes growth for Meeker

Roughly 40 people, including a few Rangely residents, attended the Citizens Forum on Economic Development held Saturday afternoon at the Meeker Hotel. Local input and input from Delta, Colo., regarding local tourism promotion were front and center at the forum. Standing far left is emcee Brian Conrado. Also standing is MACC President Gary Zellers, talking about the need for new revenue coming into Meeker.

MEEKER I Roughly 40 people gathered Saturday afternoon at the Meeker Hotel to listen to several presentations of ideas geared to promote economic development in the Meeker area, focusing on expanded marketing and improved communications.

Sustained growth a social imperative

RBC I Like a summer houseguest who outstays his welcome, the current economic climate just won’t leave.

Everyone coming to the table

RBC administrator Kimberly Bullen and Meeker Chamber of Commerce executive director Katelin Cook, pictured in the bottom right, asked representatives from special districts in the eastern end of the county what plans their districts have and how their boards could help with economic development. The group plans to meet again Sept. 25.

MEEKER I Meeker Chamber of Commerce executive director Katelin Cook continues to bring people “to the table” in an effort to build relationships and create partnerships to work on economic development in the area.

Chamber, town, county hope to kindle economic flame

Sam Bailey with the Colorado Business Retention and Expansion office, Kari Linker with the Colorado Office of Economic Development, Katelin Cook, executive director of the Meeker Chamber of Commerce and Kimberly Bullen, Rio Blanco County administrator, spoke at a meeting attended by business owners, organizations and government officials. Linker will return to Meeker in June to facilitate an economic development class.

MEEKER I At an economic development planning meeting Monday at the Fairfield Center, approximately 40 attendees voiced their thoughts and ideas about economic development. Participants represented 19 businesses, 13 special districts, boards or organizations, 12 government entities and two concerned citizens.

Towns work on development

Meetings were held in Rangely and Meeker last week to discuss Gov. Hickenlooper’s Bottom Up Economic Development strategy.