Vision 2030 Spotlight: Summer Laws

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— Vision 2030 is a collaborative citizens effort to define the future of the Yampa Valley. Vision 2030 intends to gather the wisdom of valley residents to update the 1994 Vision 2020 Report of Recommendations and create a community vision that will define the "heart and soul" of the Yampa Valley and develop specific, doable, measurable strategies for ensuring that the "heart and soul" are successfully stewarded from one generation to the next.

For more information about Vision 2030, call Tammie Bowes Delaney, project manager, at 846-1404 or e-mail tdelaney@springsips.com. To fill out a Vision 2030 survey, visit www.vision2030routt.org.

Summer Laws

Residence: Steamboat Springs

Number of years in the valley: 6

Occupation: Director of Comunidad Integrada/Integrated Community

Q: If you returned in 20 years, what would you hope to see or feel?

A: A community that, although small in size, was progressive in its efforts to preserve the natural surroundings, including creative transportation methods, land preservation, additional trails, bike lanes, biofuel buses, etc.

Q: What top three aspects of your community today, do you brag about?

A:: Beautiful surroundings and recreational opportunities; openness and friendliness of people; educational, social and growing cultural activities.

Q: Describe the elements of your community's heart and soul that are most important to you?

A:The feeling that people are willing to work together toward a common cause and are open to new ideas and changes.

Q: What one thing would you do to preserve your community's heart and soul?

A: Get serious about a living wage and affordable housing so that Steamboat Springs does not become completely impossible for working families and so that they can continue to live in the valley or return.

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