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Summit Chamber is taking a detailed look at its future

Constance Jones

The Summit Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and staff have been building a strategic plan during late January and early February to determine the future direction of the organization.Not only are we re-examining our vision and mission statements, but also carefully evaluating our program of work, organizational culture and value to our membership and the communities we serve.Based upon the intensive review, it is clear that there is a new energy and vitality emerging, which can be attributed to adding new talent and expertise to our board.As we move forward in our planning efforts, the chamber will refocus its work in the area of public policy with the formation of a legislative affairs council and concentration on small business development, internal and external marketing, educational programs, health and safety, leadership and service.

We are very proud of our 2004 Annual Report, which was distributed recently through the Summit Daily News. The chamber will continue to publish 150,000 copies of the Experience the Summit Vacation Planner. The new publication, due out in May, will be produced in partnership with Kevin Mastin of the Mastin Group, Keystone. The 2005-2006 Summit County map, published by McVan Maps of Colorado Springs, will also be distributed in early June.We will also be upgrading our website in the coming weeks.

Our efforts to cultivate a Summit County Economic Alliance are continuing to move forward. An Economic Stakeholders Task Force has been formed, which will continue to meet regularly with representation from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to review the recommendations that were presented at the November 2004 Summit.Plans are being formulated for a public forum in the spring. The “State of the Summit” event will be held in Keystone in late April or early May.The chamber will salute the many volunteers who dedicate their time, energy and talent to the regional business association at the 24th Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast on Feb. 23 at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

A buffet breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. and the program is scheduled from 8-9:30 a.m. Past board members will be honored and new members introduced. Individuals and businesses will be recognized for their outstanding leadership and service. For more information, contact the chamber office at (970) 668-2051 or e-mail R.S.V.P.’s are appreciated by noon Feb. 14.Constance Jones is executive director of the Summit County Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at (970) 668-2051 or

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