Trish Thibodo recently joined Region 10 as the new community development director. Her experiences in working with the State of Colorado's Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and Delta County Economic Development (DCED) set the stage for the easy transition to Region 10 and will allow her to support and provide greater capacities in smaller communities. "I truly look forward to having a greater impact on these smaller communities of Region 10; it's my mission to create more vibrancy, more sustainability in economies," Thibodo said in a recent interview.
With close to two months on the job, Thibodo has realized some quick wins and has set lofty goals for the remainder of 2019. Thibodo's recent focus has been working with the west end of Montrose and Delta County teams which recently participated in the Strengthening Economies in the West Coal-Reliant Communities Challenge. Eleven teams from Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Arizona participated with the outcome of developing strategies and action plans to further their diversification efforts. Thibodo is also working on a five-year regional economic development strategy for Region 10 with a focus on specific steps to take in order to create more vibrant communities, a stronger workforce, and reliable infrastructure.