Grand County economic sessions set for September |

Grand County economic sessions set for September

Courtesy of Grand County Office of Economic Development

Grand County businesses and community leaders are encouraged to take advantage of three September offerings to expand the vision they have for their work place.

Sponsored by the Grand County of Economic Development, the three events are designed to educate, collaborate and elevate each other to new heights.

Instead of packing everything into a week of seminars, Economic Development Coordinator DiAnn Butler has designed three distinctive events that can stand alone. However, to get a more complete picture of the county and fully expand and elevate your organization, you are encouraged to attend all three events.

Butler said she is also sensitive to the time commitment and hopes the three individual sessions are an easier commitment than a week-long seminar.

The Grand Economic Summit will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Devil’s Thumb Resort, High Lonesome Barn. There will be three significant components to the event, including the overview of the recently completed Grand County Community Profile.

Betty Shotton, a motivational speaker for Liftoff Leadership, will give a presentation on leadership and purpose. Liftoff Leadership is an organization that encourages leaders to connect meaning and purpose as they navigate the turbulent and volatile business and economic challenges of our day.

RRC & Associates will provide the overview of the Grand County Community Profile and Alece Montez of the Orton Foundation, will speak on the Heart and Soul project and how it can shape our future.

Community Heart and Soul reconnects people with what they love most about their town and translates those personal and emotional connections into a blueprint that serves as the foundation for future community decisions.

The Grand Water Discovery, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, will have two components. From 1-2:30 p.m. at The Vintage Hotel at Winter Park Resort, attendees will be treated to two professionally-produced films. Havey Productions will first preview “The Great Divide,” a film on the timeless influence of water in Colorado. That will be followed by the premiere of Grand County’s water documentary, Learning By Doing, The Perfect Storm on the Upper Colorado, a story that focuses on Grand County’s water story. The film features many local residents and officials talking about the challenges of protecting water in Grand County.

The films will be followed by a panel discussion where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss one of the county’s greatest assets – water.

For those who pre-register, there will be a bus tour from 2:30-6 p.m. to actually follow the water, and its story, through Grand County.

The month will be capped by a three-day training series The Disney Way with Bill Capodagli. Held from Sept. 28-30 in Grand Lake, this series follows the well-received one-day seminar and workshop held in May.

Capodagli, the best-selling author and cultural expert will lead the workshop with an emphasis on inspiring employee loyalty and reducing staff turnover.

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