Greetings from Vail

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Starting today, members of our Board of Directors and our senior team will meet for a three-day retreat to map out our goals and plans for fiscal year 2011-2012, which begins September 1.
This retreat is our chance to reflect on the past year, under the leadership of Board Chair Bill Lindsay , and to identify the most pressing issues facing the business community in Colorado today. The leaders of each of our affiliates – the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center and the Colorado Competitive Council – and each of our departments will present to the Board. Their presentations will cover business issues from every angle including: attracting new companies and jobs to Colorado, the small business landscape and supporting the growth of this critical business segment, community stewardship and leadership development, and public policy advocacy that supports an overall business-friendly climate in our region.
Those presentations will kick off 20 hours of in-depth discussions and hard work for our Board. Incoming Board Chair Hassan Salem will help the group hone in on top priorities for the coming year. Given the national news this week, you can bet that the economy and financial stability will continue to rank high on the list. The pillars of a strong economy – transportation/infrastructure, health care and education – also will remain top-of-mind.

Those big-picture priorities will help guide the Chamber’s position as we look toward the fall election cycle – education financing and paid sick leave are anticipated issues to watch – and prepare for a new legislative session that will start in January.
Our Board is made up of some of the best and brightest leaders in Colorado. Each Board member brings to the table a unique business background and valuable perspective that helps shape the Chamber’s work. We so much appreciate their input and their investment of time, which directly supports the Chamber’s dedication to economic vitality and quality of life. It will be a constructive, and hopefully inspiring, three days.
To learn more about the Chamber’s work this past year and our goals for the next year, I encourage you to attend the 127th Annual Meeting on September 9.

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