Vail Daily letter: Community conversation Friday

Community conversation Thursday

There have been three instances of similar community conversations over the past year.

The first was at the Elevate Conference last September, when the organizers put on a mayors panel with five past Vail mayors. The intent was the same as that of the entire three-day conference: to broadly explore what makes places like Vail special.

The second was when the Vail Symposium hosted a program at the Grand View in March with Terry Minger, Elaine Kelton and Merv Lapin reminiscing about Vail’s early days. The focus was one of “lessons learned” and their potential meaning for our collective future.

In April, the annual town of Vail meeting at Donovan Pavilion included another mayors panel (slightly different participants), which also explored what our history tells us about the future.

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All three of those community discussions included good audience participation. They were well attended and ultimately implied a hunger for more. The Vail Symposium’s roots, in the early 1970s, are based on similar community introspection. It’s only fitting to continue that conversation today.

Some of the recurring themes that arose from those three recent dialogues will provide the focus of these upcoming Vail Symposium community conversations.

The first one is this week and the topic is “Progress at what Price?” The topic for each of the following conversations will be chosen by the audience du jour.

Please join us on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Antlers in Lionshead. We have $10 recommended donation, but it’s not required. We would not want that to keep anyone away.

Rob LeVine

Vail Symposium board member

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