Partners help Grand County economic events succeed |

Partners help Grand County economic events succeed

DiAnn Butler
Grand County Economic Development Coordinator
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Community engagement is defined as the process by which organizations, businesses and individuals build ongoing, permanent relationships for the purpose of applying a collective vision for the benefit of a community.

It has been gratifying to work with so many people who are helping to develop a collective vision for Grand County and then taking steps that are for the benefit of the community of Grand County.

Our economic development team has had the chance to sponsor two events recently in which we have seen incredible community support.

The Disney Way workshop on May 15 in Grand Lake attracted 142 people to a keynote speech by Bill Capodagli, an internationally renowned customer service consultant. That afternoon, 82 people participated in a hands-on workshop to discuss practical ways to improve customer service, communication and employee satisfaction.

Last week, 30 school students in grades 6-9 attended an entrepreneurship summer camp at Granby Ranch and learned the basics of starting a business. They all left camp with a least a business plan to implement a small business immediately. Some of the students are making preliminary plans to offer their product at local events.

In both instances, the response was overwhelmingly favorable. We have heard of several businesses that have used the storyboarding technique learned at the Disney Workshop to map out a business strategy. At least one of the young entrepreneurs is already marketing on Facebook.

Entrepreneurship is one of the backbones of the Grand County economy. Customer service in the tourism and service-industry portion of our economy is crucial.

As gratifying as it was to see those needs addressed and discussed, it was humbling for us to have so many individual and business partners that donated time, goods or services to benefit the community.

For the Disney Way workshop, our partners were the Town of Grand Lake, the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, Gateway Inn, Western Riviera Event Center, Wild Horse Catering and Kaleidoscope Productions.

Helping to make the entrepreneurship camp a success were TENS Products, Brooks Veterinary Service, Lonesome Stone Alpaca Farm; Quacker Gift Shop, Mountain Lakes Lodge; Edie Dafoe (Mountain Lakes Lodge); Patrick Brower (Grand Enterprise Initiative); Grady Boomer (Grand County Landscaping); Cathie Hook (Granby Chamber of Commerce) and Lindsey Stapay (Northwest Colorado Small Business Development Center) and Granby Ranch for providing the Basecamp as a center of operations.

It is also invaluable to have the support of the Grand County Commissioners, the Grand County Manager’s Office and the Economic Development Advisory Team.

Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

I want to thank all of our partners who are coming together and keeping together. As we continue to work together, we will see more and more success.

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