Steamboat Springs Longtime Routt County resident, business consultant and self-described data geek Scott Ford is taking the reins of the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative.
The Economic Development Cooperative, a group formed and supported by 10 local agencies, announced Ford’s hiring Wednesday. He begins the part-time position Feb. 1.
“I feel like I got my team jersey back. I’m back on Team Routt,” said Ford, who’s had a hand in many of the economic and social studies and reports on Routt County and Northwest Colorado during the past decade. His data work and analysis can be found in the Routt County Livability Index and the Community Indicators Project. “I am just thrilled and honored.”
Ford takes over for Noreen Moore, who stepped down as the cooperative’s business resource director at the end of 2009. He was selected as the top choice from a field of 30 applicants.
The Routt County Economic Development Cooperative’s mission is to “facilitate the growth, diversification and stability of Routt County’s economy through the retention and expansion of existing businesses and the creation of compatible new businesses with a strategy that supports and fosters regional cooperation and communication.”
Boiled down to its essentials, the cooperative uses data to recognize trends and help stimulate local businesses and new economic ideas.
Ford said one the strengths he brings to the position is his knowledge of the county’s communities and economies. He said he looks forward to “data mining” and helping businesses use that data to make informed decisions. As an example, he said the Routt County Livability Index — the flagship project of the Routt County Economic Development Cooperative — will guide the work of the organization and the greater business community.
“We know a lot about ourselves — more so than some of Front Range cities,” Ford said. “The challenge is, how do we use it?”