Building a prosperous Rio Blanco County

By Katelin Cook Economic Development Coordinator Special to the Herald Times PART ONE RBC | Recently the Herald Times covered a story about the Center for Outdoor Adventure being proposed for Meeker. This is great news, but this is only one aspect of a bigger plan; a plan where the sum of the parts will be […]

Proposed Outdoor Adventure Center would be a one-of-a-kind ‘destination attraction’

MEEKER I For two years Meeker, Rangely and Rio Blanco County have been working with Better City, an economic development consulting firm based in Ogden, Utah, to research and establish a “holistic” plan for economic development by coming up with “action plans” that are individualized for each community’s individual needs and culture. “Better City was […]

Tourism growth proves to be a mixed blessing for Moab, Utah

EDITOR’S NOTE: This topic came up at the Main Street America meeting in Meeker Monday. By Jon Kovash Special to the Herald Times Conservationists in Moab, Utah, have been heartened by the strong statewide and national support for the proposed Bears Ears National Monument. Yet I was struck by how many people also say that […]

Meeker Project 45 moves forward

  “It’s all in the name of revitalizing Meeker,” Meeker Chamber of Commerce director Stephanie Kobald said of the Main Street America program during Monday’s informational meeting at Kilowatt Korner. Meeker was accepted into the program in July after about a year of preparation. Monday, Johanna Jamison from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) […]

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…

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

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.