The upper echelon of Union Pacific Railroad executives stopped in Granby this week to promote relationships with local communities.
The Union Pacific Foundation invited leaders from Grand County’s communities and presented community grants to Grand County Search and Rescue, the Shining Stars Foundation and Routt County United Way.
The Union Pacific Foundation first announced the grants in April 2014 as part of $244,000 given to 30 Colorado-based non-profit organizations.
Union Pacific CEO Jack Koraleski, COO Lance Fritz and Union Pacific Foundation President Bob Turner arrived on one of Union Pacific’s Heritage Trains to present the awards and speak with local leaders.
Granby Town Manager Wally Baird was one of the local officials in attendance.
“In the group that I was involved in, we talked mainly about the Union Pacific Foundation,” said Baird. “We talked some about how their transportation has changed. They really don’t do any passenger service with the exception of some areas where they’ve combined with other railroads.”
Union Pacific also expressed that it would like to see more customers riding Amtrak, which has stations in Granby and Fraser.
“It helps them in a round-about way,” Baird said. “It helps us in a direct way.”
Winter Park Town Manager Drew Nelson also attended the event.
“We just got, basically, a presentation from the ceo of Union Pacific about their business model,” said Nelson.
Nowell Curran with Grand County EMS and Office of Emergency Management said that, in the past, her department has worked with Union Pacific in some of its responses, and she views the outreach efforts as beneficial.
“I think that they’ve been a bit more proactive recently,” Curran said, “on coming and meeting the communities that they travel through.”