MONTROSE, Colo. Economic recovery is still slow-going for Delta and Gunnison counties after the closure of Oxbow Elk Creek Mine, but federal funding is coming in to help.
The Region 10 League of Economic Assistance and Planning received a $245,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration.
The organization will use the money for feasibility studies to identify job creation methods to make up for those lots from the Oxbow Elk Creek Coal Mine.
"We have a lot of people that are out of work and we want to try and better prepare ourselves for future development too," said Jay Stooksberry, regional development coordinator for Region 10.
The feasibility studies will come up with ideas for projects to create jobs in the next couple of years that don't rely on the energy industry.
"How do we break this cycle of boom and bust of the energy markets?" Stooksberry said. "How can we make Delta and Gunnison something that isn't so dependent on those sources of revenue?"
Region 10 is a counsel of local governments in Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
The organization mainly deals with various issues relating to economic development.