Vail Symposium: Forecasting Eagle County’s future on June 14
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What: Forecast for the Future: Using demographic data to plan for Eagle County.
Who: With Elizabeth Garner, Colorado state demographer.
Where: Colorado Mountain College, Edwards.
When: Wednesday, June 14, 5 p.m. doors open, 5:30 p.m. presentation.
Cost: $35 general admission, $25 Vail Symposium Lighthouse Society members and Vail Valley Partnership members, free for NEXT Vail Valley participants.
More information: Visit www.VailSymposium.org or call 970-476-0954 to register.
VAIL — Analyzing demographic data is often the closest city and community planners can get to looking into a crystal ball to forecast the future.
Eagle County’s Department of Public Health and Environment, for example, recently used data showing that the number of people older than 65 living in Eagle County is expected to increase dramatically between 2010 and 2035 to implement an initiative to build programs and systems that will accommodate that demographic shift, allowing residents to age in place in the coming years.
On Wednesday, June 14, at 5 p.m., Colorado State Demographer Elizabeth Garner will give a presentation at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, during which she’ll share important facts and insights about demographic data in Eagle County and Colorado.
The presentation is part of the Vail Valley Business Forum, which is co-presented by the Vail Symposium, the Vail Valley Partnership and Colorado Mountain College, Vail Valley. Chris Romer, president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership, will moderate the discussion.
“Colorado — and the Vail Valley — continue to grow,” Romer said. “Growth has both positive and potentially negative impacts to our workforce, environment and communities. State Demographer Elizabeth Garner will share valuable, detailed information in an accessible manner on forecasted growth in our community and how we can best prepare.”
Garner’s position is housed in the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, an agency focused on strengthening the capacity of Colorado’s communities and local governments. Garner leads the State Demography Office, which produces population and economic estimates and forecasts for use by state agencies and local governments.
Garner has more than 25 years of experience analyzing population and economic trends in the state and her current areas of research include aging in Colorado, characteristics of migration and poverty. Garner is an economist and received her B.A. in Business at the University of San Diego and her masters in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. She is also a Colorado native, something only 43 percent of the state’s population can claim.