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County officials to hire ‘magnet’ to boost local economy

Tonya Bina
Grand County CO Colorado

Grand County commissioners have decided to create a new economic development facilitator position that would serve the entire county.

Under direction from commissioners last week, County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran has zeroed in on a job description she extracted from various economic development positions at other counties in the region. The economic development director would be “primarily responsible for recruiting, retaining, and expanding businesses and industries in Grand County,” a draft of the job description reads. The draft was presented to commissioners for the first time on Tuesday, April 3.

The person hired would likely be employed full-time and would work out of an office in the Grand County Administration Building. He or she would report to the county manager.

“The economic development director will coordinate county efforts, where possible, with the municipalities, Grand County Tourism Board and chambers of commerce,” the job description reads.

Underbrink Curran has described the position as hopefully being a “magnet” to help diversify the economy in the county.

The county likely will be looking for a someone with a degree in economic development, business administration or marketing, with five years related experience.

“The board believes that we could act as an umbrella,” Underbrink Curran said. “We could be a clearing house, a central repository for Grand County, and help (potential job creators) understand the diversity of each of the towns.”

It would be the first time the county has had a position such as this.

Although there is a hiring freeze in most county offices, “the board felt like it is necessary to have this right now,” Underbrink Curran said.

As of Tuesday, county officials had yet to discuss a possible salary range for the position, according to the manager. A supplement to the 2012 budget is planned to accommodate the new position.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603

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