Vail Chamber looks for a great 2008 |

Vail Chamber looks for a great 2008

Lourdes FerzaccaVail, CO, Colorado

The Vail Chamber & Business Association made great strides in 2007, and were continuing to review our accomplishments. Looking forward to 2008, the chamber would like to continue its work of participating in Vails community life. One of the main goals of the chamber has always been to represent the business community and make progress in the communication that makes the town of Vail run. This has never been so evident than in 2007.The chamber has always prided itself on its involvement in Vail events and issues. In 2007, members of the board of directors served on a variety of community boards, including the Local Licensing Authority, Loading and Delivery Task Force, Parking Commission, West Vail Redevelopment, West Lionshead Redevelopment and more. This participation reveals an unparalleled degree of leadership.Additionally, because one of the chambers goals is to represent the business community, the chamber has increased its presence at town meetings. Representatives from the chamber regularly attend the weekly construction meetings, Lionshead redevelopment meetings and Vail Town Council meetings, the Design Review Board, the Planning and Environmental Commission, the Commission on Special Events and the Vail Recreation District. The chamber also has worked with the community to produce some successful events. The chamber managed the lodging reservations and was instrumental in coordinating the International Skiing History Association with Vail Resorts and the Colorado Ski Museum last year. This event included members of the 10th Mountain Division, early developers of Vail Mountain, ski-technology innovators, Vail investors and Olympic skiers who gather annually and chose Vail as their destination for 2007. Also in 2007, the chamber continued to work with the directors of the Vail Film Festival. The chamber will once again assist this growing event, which will take place April 2 through 6, primarily as the volunteer coordinator.The chamber was also instrumental in creating a partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation to discuss Interstate 70 construction. After a public meeting, a decision was made that most of the construction work will be done between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. to avoid many congestion problems that occurred in 2007. In 2008, the Vail Chamber & Business Association hopes to continue its community involvement. In a time of great redevelopment, the chamber is here for the business community and welcomes any input on how to better the Vail community. Please call 477-0075 or e-mail with suggestions or comments. As successful as 2007 was for the Vail Chamber & Business Association, 2008 can be just as successful with your help. Lourdes Ferzacca is president of the Vail Chamber & Business Association board of directors.

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