Big changes are in the works at Delta County Economic Development. The nonprofit has moved to a new home in Suite 107 of the Delta Professional Building at 540 Main Street, Delta. DCED will be located there until the ENGAGE Innovation Center is renovated and open for business.
DCED was formerly housed in the Bank of Colorado building at the corner of 4th and Palmer. That building has been purchased by the school district. After renovation, the district offices will be moved from Read to downtown Delta.
In addition, DCED is searching for a new executive director. Trish Thibodo has accepted a newly-created position with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs as the Rural Response, Recovery and Resiliency (4R) manager. This new position creates a coordinated response of state, federal and other resources for Colorado rural communities to help them recover from industry or significant job loss and create more resilient economies.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.