As a successful small business co-owner with an extensive professional background in both the non-profit and educational sectors, Jay Stooksberry has a keen interest in maintaining quality communities. As of April 7, Jay will use those skills on behalf of the West Central Region as he joins Region 10 League for Economic Assistance & Planning as the non-profit’s new Regional Development Coordinator.

“We are very excited to have him,” Region 10 Executive Director Michelle Haynes said. “His experience in academics, non-profits and small business will be a great addition to our team.”

Stooksberry, who just completed a year working with the Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club, also helped start the popular CB’s Tavern on Main Street in Delta with his wife Carrie Boyd. He plans to spend time familiarizing himself with regional development efforts as he moves forward in his new role at Region 10. The position is newly-created and full-time, funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, allowing Region 10 to strengthen its efforts to serve member communities throughout the six-county West Central Region.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of projects that will bring great benefits to the Western Slope,” Stooksberry said. “We have already started working on an effort involving both Delta and Gunnison counties, looking at the impact caused by the loss of coal mining jobs.

“Now that I am here, I will be learning who the key players are, building rapport, and making progress.”

Prior to moving to Delta with his fiancé two years ago, Stooksberry earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Denver’s prestigious Regis University. He also worked for the university for a time, as well as for other, youth-focused non-profit organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver. Jay can be reached at 970-249-2436, ext. 211.