Business briefs for Jan. 18, 2004

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First National Bank hires Bob Kuusinen

First National Bank of Steamboat Springs has announced the hiring of Bob Kuusinen as assistant vice president/commercial lender. Kuusinen has been a resident of Routt County and employed by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. for the past 31 years. Until recently, he was senior vice president of operations for Ski Corp.

"We are pleased to have Bob join the bank as an officer," said John Kerst, president of FNB. "He has great knowledge of Steamboat and Routt County and is committed to staying involved with the business community."

McClelland gains national recognition

Yampa Valley Electric Association board member Patrick McClelland has gained national recognition.

McClelland earned a "credentialed cooperative director" certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He was recognized at the NRECA's recent Region VII meeting in Overland Park, Kan., in front of an audience of 500 electric cooperative officials from Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming.

The status conferred on McClelland requires that he be competent in financial planning, business planning and a basic understanding of the electricity business.

CMC Alpine Campus invests in economy

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Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs recently purchased IMPLAN software, developed by Minnesota IMPLAN Group Inc. IMPLAN software will be used as a tool to support regional economic development efforts.

IMPLAN allows the user to build economic models to estimate the impacts of economic changes in their communities, said Scott Ford of CMC's Small Business Development Center.

Bringing this capability closer to home allows the Steamboat Springs Economic Development Council to fulfill one of its key missions of providing education about the local and regional economy to area residents, business leaders and elected officials.

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