Moffat County Tourism, economic development merger idea stirs questions – Colorado News

Moffat County Tourism, economic development merger idea stirs questions – Colorado News

CRAIG — After months of research to explore the legality of combining three tourism and economic development-related entities in Moffat County, city and county officials have brought the conversation back to the public forum, perhaps creating more questions than answers.

Last week, Moffat County commissioners presented three proposed options to the boards of Moffat County Tourism Association and the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, which are considering the proposal to join forces with the Moffat County Local Marketing District.

“This was just a starting point, and we’re hearing feedback from each group,” said Commissioner Frank Moe. “It’s about efficiency. The original concept is taking the existing people doing the jobs, connecting the dollars available from LMD and MCTA and having a common plan to get things done.”

All three preliminary options, which Moe again stressed are only starting points, would create a combined economic development and tourism director position that would oversee a tourism manager, a business services-broadband assistant and an administrative assistant. The concept names a total of four paid staff compared to current combined staffing level of three.

In two of the three options, the Craig city manager would be involved in managing or advising the director. Overseeing the whole lot would be a newly formed, nine-person LMD board made up of appointees from existing boards plus city, county and town of Dinosaur representatives.

MCTA board members reacted to the latest proposal with some skepticism, despite a general interest in exploring the concept.

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