In the news: EverVail has the potential to be something special |

In the news: EverVail has the potential to be something special

Richard tenBraakVail, CO, Colorado

This week has brought news that affects us both locally and in the world beyond our ‘Happy Valley.” The most devastating of all recent events, of course, has been the earthquake in Haiti. While I have never been to Haiti, I can only say that the Haitians I have had the honor to meet over the years have been nothing short of a pleasure to know. While we have all seen the pictures of devastation, death and the demoralized, I try to remember some of the good times I have shared with my Haitian friends, and while time and geography has separated us, I hope they are able to get through this with the positive attitude toward life I remember. If you’re able, I encourage you to help support the efforts in Haiti in whatever way you can. While many have offered support in many ways, it seems that the best way is with your dollars – I’ve heard it’s much more effective to send money instead of food or clothing. This is not something that will be resolved in a few days but will affect the country and people of Haiti for many years to come. Now is the time to help them set a stronger foundation to build from. On more local issues, I’m not sure if you had a chance to attend the Vail Town Council meeting Tuesday. Rob Katz and a team of folks from Vail Resorts gave a very interesting presentation on the proposed EverVail project. This new “portal,” as it’s referred to, will include an increase in much-needed parking, a market and retail space, office space for Vail Resorts, a RockResorts Hotel, employee housing, an amphitheater and more. But at the end of the day, it really comes down to the economy turning around before we see anything happening at that location. Right now Vail Resorts is working on getting its ducks in a row so construction can start should the economy show signs of turning around. I personally liked what I saw and look forward to seeing how it will all turn out in the end. As a voice for the local business community, let us know what your thoughts, feelings, likes or dislikes are.While it’s been reported in this paper, one of Vail’s newer lodging properties, the Vail Plaza Hotel, has changed hands. While we have not yet met the new owners, Ferruco Vail Ventures based in Mexico City, we wish them success and welcome them to the community. As a reminder to all Vail merchants, be sure to promote the Premier Impressions program to your staff. Premier Impressions is a town- wide program supported by Vail Resorts and the town of Vail and recognizes employees who offer exceptional service to our guests. This year we have more 200 merchants in Vail that are participating. In the first few days of this year’s program (which runs from Jan. 1 to March 31) we received more than 25 nominations. All award winners receive a $50 local gift certificate, an invitation to the private end-of-season party and a chance to win additional cash and prizes. Last year’s grand prize was an all-inclusive trip for two! If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Joyce at the Vail chamber.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 call 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 p.m.. Stop by and say hello!Richard tenBraak is Executive Director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association

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