The Canyon Region Economic Development Alliance, or CREDA, held its monthly meeting March 4, at Jacob''s Lake Lodge.

The Canyon Region includes Coconino and Mojave Counties in Arizona, Kane County in Utah, the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, and the LeChee and Copper Mine Chapters of Navajo Indians.  CREDA was formed to promote a high quality of life for area residents by expanding sustainable economic opportunities.

After introductions and a brief discussion about the organization''s structure, Kent Nobis of Rosenberg & Associates updated the group on his effort to develop a comprehensive regional business directory, passing out a "first draft" to committee members for their review and comment.  Nobis also stated that area businesses wanting to be listed in the directory can email their business name, location (city), telephone number and business type to:  kentn@racivil.com.  The ultimate goal is to have the directories available at all the chambers of commerce, visitor centers, and on-line.

Scott Florence, Bureau of Land Management''s (BLM) Arizona Strip District Manager, and his staff are developing a government contracting workshop to be held June 17.  During the workshop, contracting officers from the National Park Service, BLM, Forest Service and State of Arizona will explain how to do business with the government, how to find out what contracts are out for bid, and how to register a business to be able to bid on a contract.  The exact location has not been determined, but it will be held in the Fredonia/Kanab/Pipe Springs area.

Tony Phillippe, Tribal Administrator for the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, briefed the group about a joint project the Tribe has entered into with Mohave Community College to develop a training and certification program to prepare the local workforce for building the future Lake Powell Pipeline.

According to Phillippe, "Through this partnership, we will make sure we have the trained workers, whether they be bulldozer operators or welders or truck drivers, or any other trade needed.  We''ll have the qualifications, certificates and experience required so there will be no excuse for the contractors building the pipeline not to hire local people."

Attending the meeting were representatives from Coconino County, city of Page, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, the BLM''s Arizona Strip District and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the Forest Service''s North Kaibab Ranger District, the National Park Service''s Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Pipe Springs National Monument, Aramark, Antelope Point Marina and Rosenberg & Associates.

CREDA''s next meeting, which is open to the public, is slated for April 8, in the Fredonia Town Council Chambers at 11 a.m. Arizona time.