Summit Chamber presents visitor info center budgets |

Summit Chamber presents visitor info center budgets

Constance Jones

In an effort to further clarify the Summit County Chamber of Commerce’s position on future support of the two Visitor Information Centers, we are publishing the current budget and a proposed budget for 2005, which was submitted to government entities for future funding support.The Summit Chamber submitted the proposal to educate the public on the cost to run the centers. We are willing to continue to manage the information centers if no other organization is interested in doing so, but cannot shoulder the total expense of this important public service without financial support from other public and private sector partners. The decision to staff Frisco’s Old Town Hall location with volunteers has enabled the center to remain open throughout the summer and early fall. We are most grateful to all who have donated their time during the week and on weekends to welcome visitors to our area. The assistance from the town of Frisco staff and the Frisco Chamber is greatly appreciated. We understand the Frisco Chamber is interested in managing this location and we will continue to support them in that effort.The Summit County Information Center located in Silverthorne continues to operate with a paid staff, thanks to added assistance from the Factory Outlet Stores. We understand there are interested parties forming partnerships, which may be able to share this economic responsibility in the future.The Summit County Chamber submitted grant applications for the Visitors Information Center Board, a separate nonprofit organization, to the towns of Frisco, Silverthorne and Breckenridge as well as Summit County government for 2005 funding assistance. A letter requesting future support was also presented to the town of Dillon. The total projected annual expense to fully operate the two centers is about $167,000. Additional funding could also come from private sector partners such as, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Ski Resort, Dillon Ridge, Silverthorne Factory Stores and Vail Resorts (Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek). It is our hope that the solution will be one everyone can support and be a positive outcome for Summit County. A breakdown follows which illustrates the proposed cost sharing.•••A reminder about our upcoming Ski Area COO Panel Luncheon scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Frisco Holiday Inn. This well attended event will showcase our area ski resorts and get us ready for winter recreation. The seating is limited to 200, so make your reservations early by contacting the Chamber office at (970) 668-2051 or contact Todd Booth at Cost is $25 per person for the event. •••

Also mark your calendar for the 11th annual Business & Consumer Trade Show 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Beaver Run, co-sponsored by the Breckenridge Resort Chamber and the Summit County Chamber of Commerce. For exhibitor sign-up, contact Tracy McCann at (970) 453-2913, ext. 204, or and for sponsorship opportunities contact Hannah Lennon at (970) 496-7529 or The deadline for early registration is Sept. 17.Constance Jones is executive director of the Summit County Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at (970) 668-3011 or Information Center Funding for 2005Summit County Government$35,000 Town of Breckenridge$12,000 Town of Dillon$12,000

Town of Frisco$12,000Town of Silverthorne$12,000Arapahoe Basin$4,000Copper Ski Resort$8,000Dillon Ridge

$8,000Silverthorne Factory Stores$8,000Vail Resorts$20,000Summit Chamber$36,000Total$167,000

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