South Routt EDC hopeful for good year

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The South Routt Economic Development Council is anticipating a successful year after kicking off its 2005 business with elections earlier this week.

"We're going to have a very good year -- I can see this," EDC President Ken DePaul said.

About 20 people turned out for Monday's election and meeting, a surprisingly big turnout for the group, DePaul said.

"It was a good, strong meeting," DePaul said. "I'm very excited about it."

At the meeting, DePaul was re-elected as president, Ken Montgomery was elected vice president, Karrie Littman was elected secretary, and Barbara Gehl was elected treasurer. Four at-large members also were elected.

"I feel really good that I have the confidence of my fellow board members and the public to re-elect me," DePaul said. "I'm really excited about our objectives this year. ... I feel that we will accomplish almost everything."

The group's Web site, www.southrouttedc.biz, is up and running, providing information on South Routt communities and all of the businesses involved in the EDC.

The group recently began selling "South Routt Bucs," which are gift certificates that are redeemable only at South Routt businesses that are members of the EDC. The idea behind the bucs is to keep South Routt money in South Routt.

The EDC is pursuing nonprofit status, which would allow it to get grants and other funding.

It also plans to work in conjunction with the town of Oak Creek to bring the Soap Box Derby to South Routt this summer, and to help bring a recycling program to all of South Routt.

The group meets the last Monday of each month, but is rotating the meeting place throughout South Routt. That, DePaul said, should keep the meeting interesting and keep people coming.

DePaul's slogan for the year is "Education to the public creates community spirit," he said.


-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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