Oak Creek will hear economic proposal

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— South Routt's economic development efforts could get a big boost in the near future, thanks to a proposal for assistance from the state economic development office that will be presented at tonight's Oak Creek Town Board meeting.

Community leaders from Yampa, Phippsburg and the Stagecoach area have been invited to attend the meeting in which Pattie Snidow, a representative of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, will present a plan for an assessment to aid the local economy.

The plan includes bringing in a team of economic development experts to assess local businesses, and determine how local communities want to grow in terms of attracting new businesses and industries.

Routt County Commissioner and former South Routt Economic Development Council member Nancy Stahoviak spoke with Snidow earlier this year about getting technical assistance for South Routt, and said Snidow has just recently decided to present the plan.

"(South Routt communities) have always struggled in finding ways to improve economic conditions," Stahoviak said. "This could give those communities the direction to see what is possible."

Part of what Colorado Economic Development does is bring moving businesses and towns together.

With community input, the group can tell businesses what residents are looking for in the town and in turn, what the town can provide for the businesses.

David Bonfiglio, former president of the South Routt Economic Development Council and owner of Bonfiglio Drug, said it is important that South Routt residents voice their opinions at the meeting, because it could have a direct influence on how the plan proceeds.

"This plan could be an important piece of the puzzle in strengthening South Routt businesses," Bonfiglio said. "This is an all-encompassing plan that helps everyone in South Routt, in that it can help the economy and help create jobs."

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