Vail Daily column: Plan reached for Vail service vehicles
A bit of a recap of things that has taken place over the past week or so. First and foremost, our hearts and prayers go out to family members and friends who have lost love ones. Recently in our community, there have been a couple of tragic deaths that have touch most of us in one way or another. Last week, there was a joint meeting between the Vail Local Marketing District Advisory Council and the Vail Committee on Special Events. A little while back, at the encouragement of the Vail Town Council, it was suggested that these two groups could possibly work more cohesively together. After a couple of meeting together, they are working in that direction. Yes, it does make sense that the marketing group work closely with an events funding group. As one member pointed out, in most large corporation these two groups work together – doesn’t it make sense that in the town of Vail they should, too?An issue that was probably under the radar of most folks but affected those that were involved is the parking of service vehicles while on service call in and around the village core. The issue was brought up to the VCBA and we mentioned it to the Vail Town Council a couple of occasions. Just this week, a memo came out from the town of Vail regarding the service vehicle parking issue. The outcome is that two designated service vehicle spaces have been allocated at Mountain Plaza. There is a two-hour limit, and one must leave the vehicle keys with the dock master. Tickets may given for abuse or extended stays in these designated spaces. We applaud the town of Vail in assisting the local business community by addressing an issue that was becoming a concern and helps keeps vehicle traffic off the village core streets during the day. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact the VCBA offices.Next Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Eagle County Building, Eagle County will be hosting a community meeting on Economic Development. As you might be aware, Governor Hickenlooper has encouraged each Colorado community to come up with an economic development plan. The community plans are to roll up into a county plan that will roll up into 14 regional plans that will finally roll up into a statewide plan. Over the past month, there have been community meetings in Vail, Minturn, Avon, and the rest of the communities in Eagle County. If you have ideas and want to have input into the future of our county, I recommend that you attend.Premier Impressions program is winding down. The program ends on March 31. If you haven’t been nominated, you have only a few more days to take advantage of this great customer service recognition program. Premier Impressions is proudly sponsored by Vail Resorts, the town of Vail and the Vail Chamber and Business Association. Premier Impressions recognize employees who offer up exemplary customer service. Nomination forms are available at stores and places of business throughout Vail. To nominate someone, simply fill out the form and return it to the VCBA. Each month, we process the forms and reward all qualified nominees with various gift cards or gift certificates to local businesses. In addition, they will be recognized in print each month via the Vail Daily. Then in April, each nominee and a guest are invited to an end-of-season party at Eagles Nest on the top of the gondola. At the end of season party, each nominee is entered into a drawing for even larger prizes including trips, cash, skis and more. The only catch is that you need to be nominated for offering great customer service. So my challenge to you is, go out and offer great customer service and hopefully you’ll be our next nominee! For additional information on how you can support and promote Premier Impressions, please contact us at the VCBA offices.The Vail Chamber and Business Association has started our 2011-12 Membership Drive. The Vail Chamber & Business Association strongly encourages all Town of Vail business license holders and those that have business interests or conduct business within the town of Vail to consider membership and stay involved in the local community. To find out more about what the benefits are, please contact us at the VCBA offices.The Vail Chamber and 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, please contact us at 970-477-0075 or email email@example.com. Based in Vail Village, our office is located in the transportation center and our doors are open Monday through Friday from 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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