Delta County Economic Development will host its 21st annual meeting Thursday, April 20, at the Orchard City Town Hall. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers.
The meeting will be called to order at 6 p.m.
During the meeting the board will announce the results of the election of directors. The mail ballot by voting members is currently underway. Brad Harding (First Colorado National Bank), incumbent is seeking to be re-elected to a three-year term. Cheryl Hines (area farmer), Jere Lowe (Earth Friendly Supply, Company), Paul Larmer (High Country News), and Darnell Place-Wise (Delta Area Chamber of Commerce), are seeking first terms on the DCED board of directors. The ballot also provides for write-in candidates.
A recap of the 2016 year will be discussed and members will be briefed on the 2017 budget, while reviewing a simplified chart of accounts. Details will be provided on current projects DCED is working on, along with a vision for the future. Also, the board welcomes suggestions from those attending and the public will have a chance to comment on any suggestions for the coming year or ideas on economic development strategies for Delta County.
DCED would like to give special thanks to two longtime members who are stepping down from their board seats. Jack Graff (Better Compost) and Ed Marston (Paonia businessman) will be missed. DCED is grateful for their years of service. The contributions of each have helped to move DCED forward in many areas and their expertise has provided valuable insight.
The meeting is open to the public; however, voting is restricted to investors of $500 per year or more.
The cost of the annual meeting is $10 for DCED members and $15 for non-members. Please go to www.deltacountyed.org and click on the link for the annual meeting to purchase your tickets or call 970-874-4992. Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 19.
The clock is ticking. The Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) has 120 days to reach agreement with the taxing entities it's asking to help fund a gateway project near the intersection of Highways 50 and 92. Half that time has elapsed, and there is no Plan B, city manager David Torgler emphasized during a meeting with taxing entities Monday.