The Region 10 League for Economic Assistance & Planning thanks our member communities for working with us to bring more and better resources to the people of our six-county region over the past 12 months.

A quick review reveals exciting growth and change at Region 10, which has served as a regional council of governments for municipalities within Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, San Miguel, Ouray and Hinsdale counties since 1972.

Some highlights from 2014 include the hiring in April of Region 10’s Regional Development Coordinator Jay Stooksberry, whose skills, strong ties to Delta’s business community, background and credentials have helped Region 10 target and pursue new opportunities to better serve our member municipalities.

Region 10 Executive Director Michelle Haynes has taken a leading role throughout the year in both economic development and regional broadband efforts, through grant-funded opportunities to bring more resources, funding and a blueprint for broadband implementation to our hard-hit Western Slope communities. Michelle recently presented state officials with a clear demographic picture of how the Western Slope’s economic recovery stacks up against that of Front Range communities.

Region 10’s Community Living Services, under the leadership of Director Eva Veitch, created and implemented a program of Lunch-N-Learn educational and support opportunities at the start of 2014, and on May 13, hosted the first-ever Caregiver Summit & Retreat at Grace Community Church. A successful public-private partnership, the Caregiver Summit & Retreat brought support, resources and relief to caregivers and their loved ones with a full day of information, advice, new tools, socialization and self-care. The innovative event was supported with both on-site and in-home respite care for those whose caregivers could not otherwise attend. Community Living Services also welcomed a new Long Term Care Ombudsman, Sandy Walker, in June.

Also in 2014, the Region 10 Small Business Resource Center headed by Director Vince Fandel and Assistant Director Linda Riba, who joined Region 10 in August, continued to draw crowds to its popular hands-on business classes in Montrose, Delta and at the HIVE in Paonia. The SBRC has broken new ground once again this month, with the addition of the Small Changes Microloan Program , a simplified microloan program designed to meet small business expansion and marketing needs.