Come to the Vail Chamber’s community meeting Tuesday |

Come to the Vail Chamber’s community meeting Tuesday

Richard tenBraakVail, CO, Colorado

First: big congratulations to the folks at Vail Resorts, the Vail Valley Foundation and members of the community for making bringing the World Alpine Ski Championships back to the Vail Valley! I wasn’t in Vail the last time the World Cup was in town but have heard many of the stories, and look forward to being involved in 2015.A quick recap of the past week: June12 was the South of the Border Fiesta in Lionshead. While the rain held off until a bit later in the afternoon as compared to last year, the rain did come, but didn’t dampen the spirits of all those in attendance. There was always a long line at the salsa-tasting and the competition was fierce. The fashion show was an exhibit of some of the finest clothing available in Vail. Not to mention the attractive young ladies who were wearing the latest in summer fashion. The Vail Chamber would like to give an extra thank-you to Cabal Yarne of Arriesgado Clothing. Without his help, the fashion show wouldn’t have been the success that it was. Next time you’re in Lionshead, be sure to stop by and visit Cabal and take a look at some of the hottest summer fashions.One of the two items of much discussion at June 15 Vail Town Council meeting this was Frontage Road parking in the summer. To me it seems that for the same safety reason as the winter, both parking garages should be used before using the frontage road. While you might need to add a little more time to get to an event or activity, the town does offer a free shuttle service.The other item of much discussion was the presentation by EPS, the consulting company hired by the town to do an economic impact analysis on the Ever Vail proposal. While the report painted a rosy picture of the financial benefits to the town, it didn’t seem to address the one major concern of the business community – will Ever Vail bring in new customers to Vail or will it just spread the current business around? EPS, it seemed, took extensive notes and will report back to the council in about eight weeks. If you have any thoughts you would like to share with the Vail Chamber about the Ever Vail project, please let us know.The Vail Chamber & Business Association’s annual Community Meeting is set for June 22 at the Vail Chophouse in Lionshead form 8 – 10 a.m. There will be updates from Vail Resorts regarding summer programs and the town of Vail on Special Events, Art in Public Places, sign ordinances, and an update from town council member Andy Daly. Come meet some of the newest members of the Vail business community while catching up with some old friends. We hope you can make it.The Fifth Annual BBQ Bonanza comes to Vail Village June 26. Be sure to stop by, hear some music and eat some of the best tasting BBQ in the valley. The BBQ Bonanza, including children’s activities, runs from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village.The Vail Chamber & Business Association is the leading business advocacy group in Vail and is a communications outlet for businesses that want to have a voice in community affairs. If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber and what it has to offer, please contact us at 970-477-0075 or e-mail Based in Vail Village, our office is located in the transportation center and our doors are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Stop by and say hello!Richard tenBraak is Executive Director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association.

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