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Vail Symposium presents ‘Edvonavail,’ the ‘mythical merger of Eastern Eagle County’

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VAIL — The Vail Valley is a tightknit community, with many areas where the various towns and municipalities work in tandem. As we discuss challenges that affect our community now, the question becomes: From affordable housing to resort marketing, where are the opportunities and what are the pitfalls of working together across town borders?

On Thursday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Antlers Vail, Rob LeVine and other longtime locals and community leaders will lead a conversation about if and how towns in the Vail Valley — from Edwards to Avon to Vail (or, "Edvonavail") — could, might and/or should collaborate. LeVine is a longtime Vail Symposium board member and recently retired from his even longer-time role as general manager of the Antlers at Vail.

'Primarily cost savings'

"Many years ago at a visioning session of the Vail Town Council, Merv Lapin coined the term 'Edvonavail' in reference to a mythical, if not highly unlikely, merger of eastern Eagle County into one municipality," LeVine said. "The motive was primarily cost savings: one town manager, one fire chief, one chief of police, etc. These days, that imaginary town would probably include Eagle and Gypsum too. While none of that's likely to ever happen, there are lots of opportunities for collaboration and cooperation, and consolidation on some levels certainly isn't out of the question."

Looking in the history of the area, there was a time when there were multiple water districts; most of those have been merged into what is now Eagle River Water & Sanitation District. The Ambulance District is another example of success when it comes to combined efficiency.

"What other prospects do we have that might increase effectiveness, as well as save some costs?" LeVine asked. "Affordable housing is one area that comes to mind. Marketing is another. What else? And what does that look like? I invite you to come join the conversation on Thursday, Nov. 16."

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The Vail Symposium's community conversations provide a forum for discussion amongst locals about topics that are of critical interest to our community and bring the Symposium back to its roots of brainstorming ideas for the future of our community. These events take on the feel and format of an informal town meeting and are free to attend. Register in advance to save your seat.

If you go …

What: Vail Symposium presents “Edvonavail” Regional Cooperation and Consolidation.

When: Thursday, Nov. 16; doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.

Where: Antlers at Vail, Lionshead Village

Cost: This program is free to attend. Pre-register to secure your seat.

More information: Visit http://www.vailsymposium.org or call 970-476-0954.