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.

Economic development meetings

Courtesy Photo

Several people from Rio Blanco County attended Governor John Hickenlooper’s Bottom-Up Economic Development Plan Initiative in Craig,

Developing a plan for the economic growth of county

RBC — Even though the exact form or direction is still taking shape, a group of business people and community leaders is moving ahead with efforts to focus on creating an economic development strategy for the county.

Deadline for county survey is March 1

RBC — A community survey was distributed to all households in Rio Blanco County in late January in an effort to collect information for the update to the county’s master plan. A total of 2,675 surveys were mailed and, to date, 400 have been returned.