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Vail Daily column: Summer is a busy time

Summer has officially arrived to the Vail Valley! With the warm temperatures we have been enjoying, it is fun to see the local pools, golf courses and summer camps packed. July 4 is later this week, and the town of Vail has a slew of fun activities both old and newly planned. Of course, the Fourth of July parade will be at the top of my list, but all the other new activities leading up to Thursday and through the weekend will make this holiday even more fun.

To view a full listing of the Fourth of July activities planned in Vail, visit

But that is not all I am excited about this summer. I am looking forward to getting to know the Vail business community better. I am thrilled to be collaborating with some great organizations this summer and beyond, such as the town of Vail, Vail Resorts, the Lionshead Merchant’s Association and the Vail Valley Partnership, to name a few.

We have been working on creating a shoplifting awareness workshop in conjunction with the Vail Police Department, creating a more enhanced Merchant Pass Ski Program with Vail Resorts and the VVP. We’ve also been working to facilitate the upcoming Vail Town Council Candidate Forum with the Vail Board of Realtors, in which there will be four open spots on this fall.

Community meetings have much to offer

We just recently held the VCBA’s Annual Community Meeting last Tuesday. There was a lot of great information relayed to the audience from Vail Town Manager Stan Zemler, Chris Jarnot and Mark Hendrickson from Vail Resorts and Diane Johnson from the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District. It was great to see those in the audience get a chance to learn more about what is going in Vail, how it affects their business and to ask questions in such an intimate setting.

If you missed it, don’t worry, we will be hosting more community meetings and workshops of this sort later on throughout the year, so make sure to stay tuned to our weekly newsletter for upcoming dates.

The busiest season of all

Summer is a very busy time for most of us here in the area, both professionally and personally. I remember when I first moved to Vail, straight out of college, I worked three jobs during the winter and two in the summer.

All the while, I was biking up Vail Mountain and riding down Cougar Ridge before a dinner shift in town to making sure I worked Tuesdays at my retail (day) job so I could attend the Tuesday night concerts at Ford Park.

During those early years for me, I not only learned how to fold a shirt really well, I also learned what a special place this is and how lucky I am to call it home.

That community really is waving at and chatting with your neighbors on your way to work along Meadow Drive or Bridge Street, stopping to listen and discuss when someone has a concern, figuring out how the concern can be remedied and seeing if you can make that happen. I am excited that my busy time will be spent collaborating, cooperating and communicating within this incredible community.

I look forward to getting to know everyone better in the Vail business community and I invite you to contact me if you have a concern, issue, or just want to say hello. I look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July holiday!

Stay involved and stay informed

If you are not already receiving the Vail Chamber and Business Association’s weekly newsletter, email us at to start receiving it. If you are interested in finding out more about the Vail Chamber and Business Association and what we have to offer to businesses in and that do business in Vail, call 970-477-0075 or email

Based in Vail Village, our office is located on the top of level of the Vail Transportation Center, so stop by and say hello.

Alison Wadey is the executive director at the Vail Chamber and Business Association. She may be reached at

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