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Noreen Moore is leaving her position with the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative where she helped start groups that include Mainstreet Steamboat Springs and Ignite Steamboat.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Steamboat Springs Her name wasn’t always on the final product, but her fingerprints usually were all over the first ideas.
After six years with the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative, Noreen Moore is stepping down from her position as business resource director. Her tenure helped spark Mainstreet Steamboat Springs, the SCORE business center at Colorado Mountain College, the Routt County Livability Index, Vision 2030, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, Ignite Steamboat, several economic summits, the fostering of cultural heritage tourism and location-neutral businesses, and countless wheels greased and matches made.
“She has been visionary, energetic and tireless,” said Arianthe Stettner, a former Steamboat Springs City Council member. “She really has been ahead of the curve.”
The curve will have to find another forecaster.
Moore is retiring at the end of the year and said her immediate plans are to take six months to relax while house-sitting south of Yampa near the Flat Tops Wilderness Area — her favorite part of the county she first came to nearly 40 years ago.
Through the years, Moore has worked as co-owner of Dinty Moore’s Family Restaurant in Oak Creek, as a juvenile diversion worker for the state, and as a volunteer on initial stages of the Oak Creek Community Center and The Haven Assisted Living Center. With the Steamboat Learning Center, Moore was a catalyst for the creation of Strings in the Mountains. She has worked in property management and was a president of the former Mountain Business Association, for which she helped run beer festival events.
All of those projects, cooperative member Roger Good said Wednesday, made Moore the quintessential social networker — in face-to-face interactions — long before social networking became the Internet fad it is today.
“I think social networking is something that Noreen really understands,” Good said at the end of the cooperative’s meeting when members gave Moore cards, gifts and praise.
Hayden Town Council member Tom Rogalski noted Moore’s willingness to travel all across Routt County to bring people and communities together.
“You came before us, probably more than anybody else, to tell us about the latest and greatest,” Rogalski told Moore. “And always with more than enough enthusiasm.”
Moore called her six years with the cooperative “an amazing journey.”
She described her role as “an agent” to stimulate local businesses and new economic ideas.
“All of these things happened because there were people on the ground who really needed it and really wanted it,” Moore said.
Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak, a member of the cooperative, said the county is reviewing 30 applications for Moore’s position and will narrow the field before conducting interviews.
Stahoviak said the next hire would need to continue Moore’s enthusiasm for fostering collaborations among groups across the county.
“We don’t want to lose that because we have a lot that we can share with each other,” Stahoviak said.
Steamboat Springs City Councilwoman Meg Bentley said she treasures sharing ideas with Moore — usually over a potluck meal and a bottle of wine.
“The conversation is like a good novel — I’m just always amazed at the next idea,” Bentley said. Moore “has always been, and will continue to be, my ear to the ground.”
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