Vail Daily column: Forum to talk workforce development |

Vail Daily column: Forum to talk workforce development

Regional issues continuously impact our resort economy. These regional issues — economic development, health care, workforce development and Interstate 70 impacts, among others — impact our businesses, our visitors and our community as a whole.

Vail Valley Partnership is proud to take a leadership role on many regional issues and to be an active participant in helping our community raise awareness of our business interests at a regional and state level. One of the issues facing our community — and one of four issues we’ll be exploring in detail at the Vail Valley Business Forum on July 22 — is workforce development. Last week in this space, we explored regional collaboration and regional economic development; we’ll explore health care and I-70 impacts in upcoming weeks leading up to the Business Forum.

Meet Carrie Besnette Hauser

Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, will be speaking at the Business Forum with a focus on workforce and the role of Colorado Mountain College. CMC is a public two and four-year degree granting institution with 11 learning locations that serve 12,000 square miles of the picturesque central Rocky Mountains, including a location in Edwards.

One item of specific interest to the business community, related to Colorado Mountain College, is the stated goal of community and economic development, specifically to serve the local community and help businesses thrive. One way that CMC can help the local business community thrive is through workforce development – not only through the traditional education channel, but customized business services, professional development and vocational services.

About Hauser’s Career

Hauser’s career has included a variety of leadership and management roles in higher education institutions, private foundations, and the public policy arena. Prior to Colorado Mountain College, Hauser served as a senior fellow for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and as president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Before joining Kauffman, Hauser was vice president for advancement and external relations at Metropolitan State University of Denver and executive director of its foundation.

Consistent with her lifelong commitment to increase access to higher education, Hauser also served as vice president and an original senior officer of the Daniels Fund. While at Daniels, she was a loaned executive who advised Denver’s mayor on a citywide college scholarship program and assisting the Metro Denver Sports Commission on an initiative to attract top-tier international sporting events, including the Olympic Games.

Hauser has served on numerous boards and commissions. She received gubernatorial and mayoral appointments to various Colorado taskforces. At the national level, Hauser is past president of the National Scholarship Providers Association and has served on the Pathways to College Network executive committee and as an Educational Policy Institute board member. She has been recognized as the 9News Leader of the Year, one of the Fifty for the Future of Colorado (Colorado Statesman) and the Outstanding Coloradoan Award (Colorado Jaycees).

Helping Out Our Community

We are excited to have Hauser speak to our community about current and future programming at Colorado Mountain College and to explore workforce development opportunities to better meet the needs of our business community. Local leaders Mike Rushmore and Johannes Faessler will lead a moderated question and answer session following Hauser’s presentation.

We invite you to join us for the Vail Valley Business Forum on July 22 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. to help bring discussion of a variety of regional issues, including workforce development, to our community. Tickets are available to VVP members for $15 (non-member tickets are $30). Complete program information is available at http://www.VailValley

Chris Romer is the president and CEO of Vail Valley Partnership.

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