The businesses in this area and around the state who work exploring and developing natural resources that provide affordable energy were recognized for their contributions to the community during Cedaredge's downtown street project ground breaking last Thursday.
Also noted for their contributions to helping make the re-do of downtown possible were members of the former Cedaredge Enhancement Team, Inc., which first visualized the project more than 10 years ago.
During remarks from town officials at the ground breaking event, the importance of a $250,000 grant from the state was noted. The grant, from the state's energy impact fund, comes out of monies contributed directly by energy exploration and development industries here and throughout the state.
A local energy exploration and development firm that remains anonymous also contributed $20,000 directly to the Cedaredge project.
The energy impact grant funding comprises almost one-third of the entire downtown phase of the Cedaredge Main Street improvements project.
Energy exploration and development companies are the coal miners who live in Delta County, people who provide the local, super-compliant coal that produces the most economical source of electric energy.
The energy companies also include the natural gas drillers whose development of new hydraulic fracturing technology has put America on the threshold of realizing a decade's-old dream: becoming once again truly energy independent and a leading exporter of energy to the rest of the world.
Also noted for their work over a decade ago envisaging the idea of a remade downtown for Cedaredge were many local residents who worked with the Cedaredge Enhancement Team.
According to information provided by the town hall staff, members of the team's organizing committee (in alphabetical order) were Dawn Conrad, Joanne Cosby, Mary Dobbs, Jan Ducic, Jaelene Eyre, Maria Forster, Eve Friemel, Perry Hotz, Janice Jones, Bill Miller, chairman Jim Munson, Janet Starr, Sharon Ullery, Dennis White and Anne Snyer.
The team worked with 18 other volunteers who served on a design committee; seven others serving on an economic restructuring committee; seven more who worked on a marketing subcommittee; seven working on an "economic restructuring" subcommittee; and another seven-member committee working on a community video project.blog comments powered by Disqus