Organization agrees to aid in business development
Times file                    Shared work space is part of the ICELab’s offerings. Talks are underway to restructure responsibilities at the facility.
Times file Shared work space is part of the ICELab’s offerings. Talks are underway to restructure responsibilities at the facility.

Changes may be afoot at the ICELab on the campus of Western Colorado University — with the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association (TA) poised to take a more prominent role in business development.

With the departure of Accelerator Director Delaney Keating from the ICELab last month, restructuring is in the works. Prior to Keating’s departure, the state’s Department of Local Affairs awarded a Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) grant totaling $115,200 to be used to develop an economic diversification strategy for Gunnison County.

Under the grant, a Gunnison Valley Economic Diversity Project Team hopes to combine efforts of the ICELab and TA. The goal is to develop a minimum of five companies, reporting $10 million in earnings annually over the next seven years — or a “5-10-7” plan.

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