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Chris Burkett hired as Montezuma Economic Development Specialist

The Montezuma Community Economic Development Association (MCEDA) announces the hiring of Chris Burkett for a new, part-time economic development position. Burkett will be responsible for forwarding economic development projects, referring businesses to available resources, navigating the governmental processes, and identifying bottlenecks to improve those processes and procedures.
A Montezuma resident since 1978, Burkett has a working understanding of area needs and positive working relationships with governments, businesses and organizations. He is the former Cortez Parks & Recreation Director and currently contracts as a grants administrator. “My primary focus will be to work with local businesses in Montezuma County and help them find the resources that they need to be successful,” said Burkett.
“Having someone focusing solely on the Montezuma geographic area helps us be proactive rather than reactive,” said Ed Morlan, executive director of the Region 9 Economic Development District. “This position has been in the works for almost a year, and the pieces have come into place nicely.”
MCEDA is a public/private partnership that promotes and coordinates economic development efforts in Montezuma County. The MCEDA Board of Directors is open to all members and is comprised of 5 government, 5 business and 5 at-large seats. For more information on MCEDA meetings and activities, please call Burkett at (970) 560-5581 or email cburkett@montezumaceda.org.