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State grants to fund RV hookups to computer networks in Steamboat, Routt County

— The cities of Steamboat Springs and Craig, the town of Oak Creek and Routt County were all awarded modest state grants this month that will allow them to tackle diverse projects from tech training to camping hookups.

Routt County will recognize the popularity of people staying overnight in motor homes at the county fair and at livestock shows by using its $6,589 “mini grant” from the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado to execute the planning for new RV hookups.

“As part of the fairgrounds master plan update in 2010, we are planning full hookup RV spots in the parking lot on the west side of the exhibit hall,” Fairgrounds manager Jill Delay said. “In 2015, we will get those plans engineered. The AGNC grant will help with those costs.”

The Fair Board will follow up with an application for a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to fund the actual construction of the project, which could take place in 2016 if funding falls into place.

The monies for the AGNC grants originate with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, allowing the organization in Northwest Colorado to decide how to spend $100,000 to help local communities improve economic competitiveness, safety and health, planning and investment or by increasing organizational capacity. All of the grants must be matched dollar for dollar.

“The city’s IT Department would like to adapt new virtualization technologies to meet the needs of our organization and will need to train current staff on design, implementation and support of this new technology,” Government Programs Manager Winnie DelliQuadri said in an e-mail.  

The city of Steamboat will use its $3,000 grant to defray the cost of sending engineers from its Information Technology Department to training sessions in virtual computing — a step that could ultimately pay off in substantial savings to the IT department.

Virtualization has become popular on small government computer networks, according to the Web page Federal Computer Week, because of the reduced costs it offers to IT departments. Virtualization typically involves everyone on a network working off of one large computer — a server — where all of the software, documents and image files reside.

It allows each user to roam in the physical work and still access everything they need to continue working. On the IT side, network security is easier to manage. And service is simplified — instead of de-bugging 50 computers that have a virus, or installing software upgrades on all 50 computers, IT staff needs only to do that work in the central computer.

Oak Creek’s $1,500 grant will go toward the cost of updating its comprehensive plan. And Craig and Moffat County will each apply $6,589 to a World War II statue.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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