Summit Chamber Pioneer – Steve Layne |

Summit Chamber Pioneer – Steve Layne

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

Q: How long have you been a member of the Summit Chamber?A: Thirty years, but not always active. My business takes me to almost every state in the country, and foreign countries. I try to be involved when I’m in the county. Q: Why is it important for you to be a member today?A: To keep abreast of our ever-changing business community and to network with other businesses.

Q: What are some of the profound changes you’ve seen in Summit County during the last quarter century that the Summit County Chamber of Commerce has been in existence?A: Mega-growth for one thing. An influx of tourist traffic year-round instead of just ski season. More availability of products and services that formerly were only available by traveling to Denver.

Q: In your opinion, what are some of the notable achievements that the chamber has made over the last 25 years?A: Expanded membership. The monthly get togethers. Expanded marketing. A professional chamber staff.Q: Going forward, what are some of the challenges Summit County will face, and in what ways can the Summit Chamber address them? A: Other mountain communities are also growing, and Summit needs to continue to market aggressively, as well compete with professional services. As we also become more diverse, the chamber could determine if Summit County businesses are meeting those needs.

Q: If you were to make a list of what makes Summit County special, what would the top five items on the list be and why?A: The sheer beauty of our mountain setting. The friendliness of the people. The “small town” environment that persists, in spite of some “big city” influence. The availability of a wide variety of recreation. Our convenient location – close enough to the city, far enough away to escape the crowds. Most of us move here to take advantage of one of those elements. Although we’re experiencing an influx of metropolitan influences, this is still a great place to live.The Summit County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2006. Monthly, the Summit Daily News will feature an individual who has made a significant contribution to the chamber during its two-and-a-half decade history.

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