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Vail Symposium: Shaping the valley’s future

Vail Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado -he Shaping the Future of the Eagle Valley series is now in its seventh year and remains a draw to Vail Valley community activists, elected officials and community members wanting to learn more about the social, economic and environmental issues in Eagle County. The series kicks off Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Westin Riverfront Resort in Avon. This six-week lecture and discussion series provides insights and provocative ideas on the economy, medical tourism, transportation and environment. Each class session will feature either a single guest lecturer or a small panel of experts and will offer audience interaction and participation.”We’re really stepping it up this year,” said Don Cohen, the executive director of the Economic Council of Eagle County. “The quality of our presenters and panels far exceeds anything we’ve done in the past. It’s our hope that with this new format we will widen interest and civic engagement by offering six dynamic and challenging evenings.”The first lecture, set for Thursday, features Dr. Nariman Behravesh, chief economist and executive vice president for Global Insight. Noted as one of the top economic forecasters, Dr. Behravesh provides analysis on the economic outlook for U.S. and global economies. His lecture will touch on national and local economic recovery and growth. The subsequent classroom session takes place on Oct. 8 with local medical executives and experts focusing on the direction of valley wide health care.Future lectures and classroom sessions include medical tourism with Maria K. Todd, president of The Council on Global Integration of Health Care. Sessions conclude with public policy issues where Henry Sobanet, president of Colorado Strategies, LLC explores economics, Colorado budget issues, legislative affairs and strategic management.”This is an excellent opportunity to rethink the Eagle Valley community by learning, analyzing and discussing current issues,” said Carrie Marsh, executive director of The Vail Symposium. “Few communities our size can attract the talent and expertise that we’ve assembled.”This year’s edition of Shaping the Future is a partnership between the Vail Symposium and Economic Council of Eagle County.For more information and reservations call the Vail Symposium at 970-476-0954 or visit

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