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Economic forum to take critical look at ski industry

CONSTANCE JONES

The Summit County Chamber of Commerce, an advocate for business and industry, is climbing to new heights in its efforts to unify the private sector and to forge stronger coalitions with new public/private initiatives.We believe in creating a cooperative spirit that will enhance the quality of life for our area communities and enrich visitors’ experiences in Summit County. As a business association, we are focusing on business to business foremost but also stepping up our role as a community partner and leader in addressing issues impacting our region.As a world-class destination resort community, it is critical to look at the economic challenges the ski industry – the cornerstone of our economy – is facing from an international perspective to our local situation.

We salute Intrawest Colorado for hosting the chamber’s inaugural Economic Summit on Nov. 3 at the Copper Mountain Conference Center. The chamber Board is most grateful to Intrawest’s Gary Rodgers, senior vice president of operations, and Jessica Cameron, executive assistant and Copper Mountain’s Conference Center staff for their assistance in planning this touchstone event. As recently stated by our board president, Loren Stone, “This forum will foster relationships through the development of a strategic alliance, with a clear focus locally but acting globally.”Stone will introduce Ralf Garrison of the Advisory Group of Denver who will serve as our moderator and join the panel of industry experts, as we set the stage for fostering community relationships and building a Summit County Economic Alliance for future sustainability.

The National Ski Areas Association’s Michael Berry will share the stage with Brian Vogt, director, Colorado Office of Tourism & International Trade, and Ford Frick with BBC Research & Consulting. Berry will address the growing ski industry trends on a macro level followed by Vogt, who will share what’s happening in Colorado regarding economic diversification and integration to compete in today’s marketplace. Frick’s focus will be on tourism related micro enterprises and specific challenges we face on a daily basis, emphasizing the need for community-based initiatives. An informal panel format will follow with audience participation.This event is the first in a series of biannual gatherings presented by the chamber and underwritten with the support of member sponsors to address key issues impacting Summit County and the surrounding region. The chamber envisions organizing quarterly community-based roundtable discussion groups on governmental relations, education, energy, environment, transportation, workforce development/training, health care, housing, safety and others identified as priorities for future cooperation.

The doors will open at 8 a.m. for an epicurean buffet breakfast. Reservations are encouraged as seating will be limited. The cost is $25 for Summit Chamber members, $35 for members of surrounding area chambers and $75 for non-members.Free parking will be available and Copper’s shuttle buses will be available from the parking areas if we have inclement weather. For information, contact the Summit Chamber office at (970) 668-2051. Registration deadline is Wednesday and reservations are available through info@summitchamber.org.Constance Jones is executive director of the Summit County Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at (970) 668-2051 or constance@summitchamber.org.


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