Employment leaders visit Craig Station

Present for the Craig Station tour were (left to right): Jim Nicoletto, Tri–State, Jay Fetcher, U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s office, Marv Weible, Tri-State, Janiene Mattern, Tri-State, Colorado Senator Jean White, Ellen Golombek, executive director of Colorado Department of Labor, Kelly Pierce, Craig Workforce Center, Morgan Foster, Craig Workforce Center, Stephanie Steffens, Colorado Workforce Development Council, and Shawn Bolton, Rio Blanco County Commissioner.

A number of Colorado employment leaders were in Craig earlier this week learning about the area’s economy, including the businesses that are significant in supporting the infrastructure of the northwest corner of the state.

It was only fitting the group made time to tour Craig Station, as the operation of the 1,304-megawatt coal-based power plant provides substantial economic and fiscal benefits to the city of Craig, Moffat County and the surrounding region.

“We wanted to introduce Ellen and Stephanie to northwest Colorado and the primary industry sectors present, with an emphasis on the key industries,” said Owens-Trask. “In Moffat County, those are coal mining and coal-based power plants. These are the cornerstone to the economies in the region.”

She added that both industries have made a powerful impact on the community of Craig and the surrounding area.

“Tri-State has been a great partner in terms of workforce,” said Owens-Trask. “The plant provides great jobs for the area and employees, Janiene Mattern and Jim Nicoletto have been important participants in community programs such as ‘Work and Life Skills’ and ‘Skills for Success.'”

In 2010, an economic and fiscal impact study performed by Development Research Partners on behalf of Tri-State found that the ongoing operations of Craig Station generate direct and indirect output valued at $428.2 million. The facility is the third largest employer in Moffat County, employing 306 Craig-area residents.

As a testament to its importance in the community, Craig Station was recently recognized by the Craig Chamber of Commerce as the Large Business of the Year.

“The economic benefits that Craig Station provides to the tri-county region help provide for the communities and the people who live here,” said Mattern.

A small group of 11 toured Craig Station and Trapper Mine, with a larger conglomerate, including local elected officials, area businesses leaders and community members, attending a dinner later Wednesday evening. During the dinner, plant manager Rick Johnson presented information regarding Tri-State’s economic impact study, focusing on the facility’s  positive effect on the community. Jim Mattern, general manager at Trapper Mine, also gave a presentation to the group with a similar message relating to the mine.

Golombek’s and Steffen’s visit coincided with their attendance at the quarterly Northwest Colorado Workforce Investment Board meeting that took place July 21 in Steamboat Springs.

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