Steamboat Chamber CEO calls for the creation of strategic economic plan

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What: 2012 Economic Summit

When: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20

Where: The Steamboat Grand

Cost: $65 for Chamber members and $85 for nonmembers. Lunch included. Register here or by calling 970-875-7000

See the complete schedule here.

— Business leaders in the Yampa Valley will be challenged Thursday during the 2012 Economic Summit at The Steamboat Grand to create an action plan that will set them on the path to realizing long-term goals for their companies and organizations.

Those in attendance will hear from three keynote speakers, including SmartWool President Mark Satkiewicz, as well as sit down with their peer groups and expert facilitators to begin the chore of creating an actionable plan to achieve their goals.

Satkiewicz is expected to describe a comprehensive approach to sustainable business growth.

Among the other speakers are Tricia Huebner, vice president of business development and director of training and education for E-Myth, an organization that grew out of the landmark 1995 book “E-Myth Revisited” by Michael Gerber.

Steamboat resident Steve Muntean, a partner in the Muntean Leadership Group whose clients include Verizon, will talk about ways to develop strategic initiatives for economic success.

The daylong event also will form working groups to look at varying sectors of the local economy, including transportation and telecommunications.

Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association CEO Tom Kern told the Steamboat Today this month that he thinks Steamboat needs a clear economic development strategy. His expectation is that the summit will result in a set of tasks to be taken into consideration in the months ahead by the Chamber’s Economic Development Council as it blends them into an overall strategic plan.

Chamber spokeswoman Michelle Krasilinec said Muntean will set the stage for the afternoon sessions and talk about ways to overcome barriers that can get in the way of executing strategic plans.

"In the afternoon there has to be a belief and passion in the room that we want to improve this community, our quality of life, and create more opportunities," Krasilinec wrote in an email. "There are barriers which get in the way of execution, and Steve will help facilitate how we can market more effectively, and how we can use transportation resources better," for example.

Registration is still open for the Economic Summit. The cost is $65 for Chamber members and $85 for nonmembers. Register here or by calling 970-875-7000. A complete summit schedule is here.

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

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