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Vail group has ideas for economy

VAIL, Colorado ” Prominent Vail, Colorado residents have formed a group that’s aiming to stimulate business in town during what could be a tough winter.

Vail Citizens for Action will meet with the Vail Town Council on Tuesday to suggest ways to help the local economy.

“The general objectives of the group are to provide some strategic direction during what we perceive is going to be a difficult next 12 months,” said Kent Logan, a member of the group who is a retired investment banker and a former town councilman. “I think it could be the most difficult winter since the founding of the town.”

Logan said he didn’t want to reveal specific ideas before the group met with the council.

Other members of the group include Alan Kosloff, president of the Vail Homeowners Association; Harry Frampton, of Slifer Smith and Frampton Real Estate and East West Partners; Johannes Faessler, owner of the Sonnenalp Resort; John Gorsuch, of Gorsuch Ltd.; Roger Behler, former president of FirstBank in Vail; and Mark Ristow, president of FirstBank in Vail.

“There is group of us who have been meeting in a very positive, constructive way to come up with some ideas and suggestions that could hopefully help the town of Vail and hopefully help the business community,” Frampton said.

He also declined to go into specifics before the Tuesday meeting.

“The whole idea is, as bad as I think this winter will be, we don’t as a community have to be passive, but we can be proactive,” Logan said. “There are measures we can take that will have an off-setting, positive impact.”

Logan called it “our version of an economic stimulus.” He added that the measures must be a collaborative effort between the town, Vail Resorts and the wider business community.

Logan will also participate in an economic panel at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Vail Town Hall along with Mayor Dick Cleveland and Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or

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