On the Market: Prudential hosts Tour de Steamboat benefit dinner

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— Prudential Steamboat Realty again is hosting the Tour de Steamboat Pre-Ride Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the base of Steamboat Ski Area in the Torian Plum Tent.

All proceeds are being donated to the Sunshine Kids Foundation’s annual Sunshine Kids Winter Games in Steamboat. Every winter, the Sunshine Kids Foundation provides children with cancer the opportunity to visit Steamboat for a variety of winter activities. Tickets for the benefit are $30 (includes dinner and beer) and can be purchased at Prudential Steamboat Realty or reserved at 970-879-8100.

Menu options include penne and chicken carbonara or veggie lasagne with salad, garlic bread, cookies and brownies.

Beer donated by New Belgium Brewing Company is included in the meal price, and there will be a cash bar, as well.

New this year, Prudential is “Giving Away the World” by selling 100 tickets for $100 each for a chance at the winners’ choice of one of seven worldwide destinations including airfare. Every ticket holder also will receive a randomly drawn bottle of wine valued between $20 and $100 or more. Visit www.prusteamboat.com or call 970-879-8100 for more information.

To learn more about or sign up for the Tour de Steamboat bike rides, visit www.tourdesteamboat.com.

To learn more about the Sunshine Kids, visit www.sunshinekids.org.

Potter’s Wheel moves to new downtown location

The Potter’s Wheel has moved to a new location in downtown Steamboat Springs at 12th and Yampa streets, off the alley and upstairs in the Orange Peel Bicycle Service building.

The new location is pedestrian and bike friendly and is across 12th Street from Little Toots Park and Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Vail’s sales tax revenues thrive during hard times

Generations of Steamboat residents have said, “We don’t want to be like Vail.”

But a recent article in the Vail Daily by reporter Scott N. Miller explains how Vail’s town government has facilitated growth that has fueled record sales tax numbers even in a bad economy.

An edited version of Miller’s article follows:

Money and effort town officials and developers put into “Vail’s New Dawn” throughout the last decade or so seems to be paying dividends.

Despite the worst snow year in ages, Vail’s businesses generated a record amount of sales tax revenue during the 2011-12 ski season — just more than $14.1 million — topping sales tax collections in 2007-08.

New businesses contributed quite a bit to the revenue growth. In Vail Village, 94 percent of the revenue growth came from “redeveloped” properties.

What that means is while Vail’s revenues are back, more businesses are paying into that account.

That was the point of the ambitious redevelopment plan Vail created in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Working with developers and entrepreneurs, the town encouraged new development for lodging, retail and dining.

“We were deliberate about growing square footage. ... We wanted more robust and diverse retail and lodging,” said Vail Town Council Member Greg Moffet, who was on the council while town officials were planning the new growth.

Getting those projects done sometimes was more a matter of fortunate timing than great planning, Moffet said. Solaris and the Four Seasons managed to get finished — or take major steps toward completion — before the international financial collapse of late 2008.

The ultimate payoff from the decade of construction will arrive when Vail’s sales tax pie starts to grow, and new and old businesses start to see their slices grow along with it. That’s why Moffet — who’s also a member of the Vail Economic Advisory Council — favors more and better marketing.

“We can’t sit back and congratulate ourselves, and we can’t be thinking we’re geniuses” he said. “We need to continue to market the hell out of what we’ve got.”

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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