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County posts profile online

Veronica Whitney

People planning to relocate or start a business in Eagle County can now find answers to these and many other questions online.

The county recently posted on its website a profile that organizes information by topical categories, such as economic, education, employment, environment, housing, income, public health and safety, and more.

“The idea for an on-line clearinghouse of statistical information started in the community,” said county Commissioner Arn Menconi. “Business and community groups told us they needed trend data and indicators for planning and decision-making. The profile responds and it’s only a beginning.”

The profile draws on existing sources – from local reports and databases to state and federal data. It also provides links to additional, diverse sources, from the U.S. Census Bureau to Colorado Kids Count.

“As we identify more sources, we’ll add them,” Menconi said. “The profile started and continues as a community effort.”

For example, the Partnership for Social Responsibility and One Valley Leadership saw the need and identified critical indicators and sources. The partnership prepared a foundation report. The county provided Web design, development and hosting, Menconi said

“We hope that other governments and businesses will link this website to their homepage,” he added. “The other purpose of this is to develop an economic council for the valley.”

People will have an opportunity to explore and apply information from the Eagle County Profile in a Colorado Mountain College (CMC) course – “Shaping the Future of the Eagle Valley.”

The course was put together by public and private groups to help create an understanding on economic, environmental and social issues.

“The primary goal of the course is to bring together local decision makers and leaders to have a deeper understanding of these issues,” Menconi said. The program starts Jan. 16. The 10-class course is open to the community. Tuition is $125. Course information is available at (970) 479-2440.

Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or at vwhitney@vaildaily.com.




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