Vail chamber news: Back from surgery, back to work |

Vail chamber news: Back from surgery, back to work

I would like to thank everyone for wishing me a speedy recovery. In case you care to know, I wasn’t on some exotic vacation. Instead, I have been recovering from a recently scheduled hip surgery. I won’t go into details but the recovery is going to take a bit longer than I originally expected, and hoping to be skiing by March.One thing I have learned is how proud we should be to have such a fine medical facility. I can’t speak highly enough of the folks at Vail Valley Medical Center, the Steadman Phillippon Research Institute and Howard Head Sports Medicine. Of course I had heard about what a fantastic facility and fine reputation it has, but now I can say I’ve seen it first-hand. if you are an elite athlete or a working Joe like me, everyone get the same great treatment. Now it’s back to work for the Vail Chamber & Business Association, and getting caught up on the parking policies.The last I had heard was that there was the possibility of a new parking program to promote to Front Range skiers. Then I found out the estimated cost to implement such a program was estimated at over $400,000. To recover that amount of direct expense, the restaurant and retail community would need to produce an additional $10 million in taxable revenues. Even with my optimism that was going to be a bit of a stretch. So now we are back to looking at other possible parking programs. One program that keeps being suggested is a possible voucher or sticker that local businesses could purchase at a reduced rate. The business could then give them to a customer to off-set the parking fee. For example, if Business A purchases from the Town of Vail a $5 parking voucher or sticker for $2.50 each, when a customer spends a certain amount, Business A would give that guest a voucher as a “thank-you.” Other businesses could do the same. Eventually, if the customer visits enough businesses or spends a certain amount, the parking would be free. I’m not so sure that this is the best solution, as it leaves the liability on the business operator. Let us know your thoughts on this or any other possible parking solutions.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 Business Association and what we have to offer to business in and that do business in Vail, 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by and say hello!Richard tenBraak is Executive Director of the Vail Chamber & Business Association

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