Hayden business owners could get a helping hand if a regional business development organization is re-established.
The Economic Development Council was established years ago, as an extension of the town of Hayden, to strengthen existing businesses within the town. The group broke away from the town and eventually dissolved, said Hayden Town Clerk Lisa Johnston. Now, several Hayden residents want to bring the EDC back.
At a previous Town Board meeting, Noreen Moore, business resource director for Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, spoke about the power of economic development. She called it "economic gardening."
"We need to help small businesses (that) don't have the time or money to really find out what they need to succeed," Moore said.
Hayden Realtor and Chamber of Commerce member Jack Giessinger said he was interested in helping re-establish the EDC in Hayden, calling it "the perfect solution for Hayden's economy, hands down."
At the Town Board meeting Thursday, Giessinger and chamber member Don Johnson will request that the Town Board advertise positions to form a new EDC.
In other business:
n The Town Board will present its final reading of an ordinance that will raise the average water user's monthly bill by about $3.
n The Town Board will outline the duties of Hayden Recreation Board member Richard Bush, who volunteered to maintain a cross-country ski trail at the planned site for Dry Creek Park. As an official volunteer employee of the town, he will be covered by the town's insurance policy.
Renee Donahue of First Impressions of Routt County will present awards to three Hayden child-care providers for their service to the people of Hayden and Routt County. The three were observed working with children in their respective businesses and will receive grant funding from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation to help improve their services.
The Town Board will appropriate funds to specific areas of the town's services in its continuing efforts to finalize its 2004 budget.
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