Trish Thibodo, a former Colorado Department of Local Affairs program manager, recently joined the Region 10 as the new community development director.

Thibodo has previously set her focus ronworking with the West End of Montrose and Delta counties. They 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.

“We are so fortunate to have someone with Trish’s experience and credentials at Region 10,”

said Region 10 Executive Director Michelle Haynes in a press release. “Not only does she have ‘best practices’ knowledge from small communities from across the state, she also has the more micro view having served in rural county economic development. Her breadth of knowledge and skill set i sa real asset for Region 10.

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