EDAC and Staff Members

The Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) was formally reorganized in the Spring of 2022. The Committee is comprised of seven local community members and two City Council liaisons, who represent large cross sections of the community and who have the passion, energy, and time to devote to all things related to Economic Development. The goal of this committee is to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council and the Economic Development Manager, including assisting in planning and implementing the five focus areas, goals and priorities set forth in the Moffat County Vision 2025 Transition Plan.

The EDAC meets the fourth Monday of every month at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers Room.  Meetings are open to the Public.

Economic Development Advisory Committee Members

Chris Jones - Chair
Member at Large
Branch President, Bank of Colorado

Tony St. John - Vice Chair
Member at Large
Retired, Colowyo Coal

P.J. Howe
Member at Large
Finance Specialist, Self-Employed

John McMurry, M.B.A., B.S.
Member at Large
Retiree

Jon Miller
Member at Large
Co-Founder/CCO/CMO, Hypercraft

Sasha Nelson
Member at Large
Economic Recovery Corps Fellow

Tom Kleinschnitz
Member at Large
Director, Visit Moffat County/Moffat County Tourism Association

Amy Smith
Member at Large - Alternate
Owner/Broker, Frontier Home & Ranch Real Estate

Derek Duran
City Council Liaison
Co-Owner/Project Manager, Duran & Pearce Contractors

Randy Looper
City Council Liaison
Retiree

Chris Jones - Chair photo
Chris Jones - Chair
Member at Large
Branch President, Bank of Colorado


Tony St. John - Vice Chair photo
Tony St. John - Vice Chair
Member at Large
Retired, Colowyo Coal


P.J. Howe photo
P.J. Howe
Member at Large
Finance Specialist, Self-Employed


John McMurry, M.B.A., B.S. photo
John McMurry, M.B.A., B.S.
Member at Large
Retiree


Jon Miller photo
Jon Miller
Member at Large
Co-Founder/CCO/CMO, Hypercraft


Sasha Nelson photo
Sasha Nelson
Member at Large
Economic Recovery Corps Fellow


Tom Kleinschnitz photo
Tom Kleinschnitz
Member at Large
Director, Visit Moffat County/Moffat County Tourism Association


Amy Smith photo
Amy Smith
Member at Large - Alternate
Owner/Broker, Frontier Home & Ranch Real Estate


Derek Duran photo
Derek Duran
City Council Liaison
Co-Owner/Project Manager, Duran & Pearce Contractors


Randy Looper photo
Randy Looper
City Council Liaison
Retiree


Staff

Shannon Scott, MBA photo

Shannon Scott, MBA
Economic Development Manager
970.826.2020
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Shannon Scott became the Economic Development Manager for the City of Craig, CO in 2021 and leads the City’s efforts in business retention and expansion, economic and community diversification, building effective local and regional partnerships, participating in regional transportation and housing initiatives and effectively marketing Craig as an attractive and friendly place to do business. Shannon also oversees the City’s incentive programs to include the Craig Urban Renewal Authority Areas, Small Business Grant Program, Brownfields Grant Program, Enterprise Zone, Opportunity Zone and the Rural Jump Start Program. She currently serves as one of the Northwest Colorado Representatives on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Council of Colorado.

Prior to arriving in Craig, Shannon served as the Economic Development Specialist from 2016-2018 and the Business, Retention and Expansion Coordinator from 2018-2021 for the City of San Angelo Development Corporation in San Angelo, TX. In these roles, she was instrumental in diversifying the tax base with a successful combination of expanding local businesses, recruiting new industries and beautifying the historic downtown district. She also has a wealth of experience in sales, advertising, non-profit management, fundraising and transportation logistics. Shannon has served in executive and leadership roles for several economic development and non-profit organizations in her previous positions, was a Top 20 Under 40 awardee in 2018, and graduated from Leadership San Angelo in 2020.

She is a proud Red Raider and holds a B.B.A. in Business Management and Marketing from Texas Tech University as well as an M.B.A. in General Business from Texas Tech University.

Melanie Kilpatrick  photo

Melanie Kilpatrick
Executive Assistant to the City Manager and Economic Development Manager
970.826.2016
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Melanie Kilpatrick serves the City of Craig as the Executive Assistant to both the City Manager and the Economic Development Manager. Melanie also serves as the Project Manager for the developing Yampa River Corridor Project for the City of Craig and Moffat County. She provides technical and logistical support for a diverse array of City projects and assists with the coordination of various activities, meetings, and workshops. Melanie has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a background in marketing and the creative arts. A native to the Yampa Valley, Melanie has a genuine passion for Northwest Colorado, river recreation/stewardship and adventuring with her family.

Shannon Scott, MBA photo
Shannon Scott, MBA
Economic Development Manager
970.826.2020
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Shannon Scott became the Economic Development Manager for the City of Craig, CO in 2021 and leads the City’s efforts in business retention and expansion, economic and community diversification, building effective local and regional partnerships, participating in regional transportation and housing initiatives and effectively marketing Craig as an attractive and friendly place to do business. Shannon also oversees the City’s incentive programs to include the Craig Urban Renewal Authority Areas, Small Business Grant Program, Brownfields Grant Program, Enterprise Zone, Opportunity Zone and the Rural Jump Start Program. She currently serves as one of the Northwest Colorado Representatives on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Council of Colorado.

Prior to arriving in Craig, Shannon served as the Economic Development Specialist from 2016-2018 and the Business, Retention and Expansion Coordinator from 2018-2021 for the City of San Angelo Development Corporation in San Angelo, TX. In these roles, she was instrumental in diversifying the tax base with a successful combination of expanding local businesses, recruiting new industries and beautifying the historic downtown district. She also has a wealth of experience in sales, advertising, non-profit management, fundraising and transportation logistics. Shannon has served in executive and leadership roles for several economic development and non-profit organizations in her previous positions, was a Top 20 Under 40 awardee in 2018, and graduated from Leadership San Angelo in 2020.

She is a proud Red Raider and holds a B.B.A. in Business Management and Marketing from Texas Tech University as well as an M.B.A. in General Business from Texas Tech University.


Melanie Kilpatrick  photo
Melanie Kilpatrick
Executive Assistant to the City Manager and Economic Development Manager
970.826.2016
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Melanie Kilpatrick serves the City of Craig as the Executive Assistant to both the City Manager and the Economic Development Manager. Melanie also serves as the Project Manager for the developing Yampa River Corridor Project for the City of Craig and Moffat County. She provides technical and logistical support for a diverse array of City projects and assists with the coordination of various activities, meetings, and workshops. Melanie has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a background in marketing and the creative arts. A native to the Yampa Valley, Melanie has a genuine passion for Northwest Colorado, river recreation/stewardship and adventuring with her family.