Vail Chamber’s 2007 work shows path for ’08
In serving the community in the most effective and beneficial way possible, the Vail Chamber has become more and more successful each year, and 2007 proved to be a year that the Vail Chamber got even more committees formed for increased community growth. Looking forward to 2008, we at the Vail Chamber would like to continue our work of bringing Vails various committees together.The Vail Chamber & Business Association prides itself on being a bridge between the town of Vail and business. A weekly e-mail program has been a staple of the Chamber since 2006, and is set up to distribute important town meeting information to the business community. Every Friday, e-mails and faxes are sent out to more than 700 businesses, complete with dates, times and agenda highlights. Recently, these have included a calendar and lodging occupancy percentages for the coming week. These occupancy percentages were originally set up for town of Vail weekly construction updates to give an idea to construction crews as to the general volume of people in town for the week. Businesses refer to this important data when creating staff schedules for the coming week. This information is only a general idea of traffic to town the next week. The Chamber also uses this broadcast for special announcements from the town and the Vail Police Department.In addition to regular communications with town of Vail businesses, the Vail Chamber has become a stepping-stone for better communication regarding town policies. The Vail Chamber helped make improvements on town sign code policies and helped set up several meetings between the town and merchants. The Vail Chamber encouraged discussions on how the town and its merchants can improve business in town and polled community members through surveys. The tremendous amount of input received from the community and the Vail Chamber helped important decisions and changes get made regarding the issue.In 2008 the Vail Chamber & Business Association hopes to facilitate more community involvement in town policies maintain communication between members of the ever-changing Vail community.Lourdes Ferzacca is President of the Vail Chamber & Business Association Board of Directors.