Vail Valley Business Forum takes local focus |

Vail Valley Business Forum takes local focus

VAIL — In its first few years, the Vail Valley Partnership’s Vail Valley Business Forum featured people from outside the valley, who talked about Big Issues. This year, the focus is far more local.

This year’s keynote speaker is Ken Lund, executive director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Among other topics, Lund will talk about the “Colorado Blueprint,” a project that has asked people from around the state to provide ideas about economic development from Denver to Steamboat Springs to La Junta.

Vail Valley Partnership President Chris Romer has been involved in that project, and said it’s been interesting to hear some of the ideas presented.

“And this is a lot harder than hiring someone to tell you what to do,” Romer said.

After Lund’s presentation, the forum will turn to a panel discussion by the valley’s town managers.

“This year we wanted to take it to the local level,” Romer said “What are (the towns) doing? Does it built upon what the state is doing?”

Romer said he hopes the town officials will prompt a wide-ranging discussion about topics beyond economic development. It will also be a chance for people to meet a couple of new town managers — Jon Stavney from Eagle and Virginia Egger from Avon.

“Historically, we’ve had a targeted panel and they’ve talked about tourism, or health and wellness, or transit,” Romer said. “We’re not limiting it this year.”

And since people who attend will be able to ask questions, any number of topics could be brought up.

“You just never know what people will ask about,” Romer said.

Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at 970-748-2939 or at

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