Public input sought for Fraser Valley economic plan |

Public input sought for Fraser Valley economic plan

FRASER VALLEY – Since February a group of elected officials representing local governments, the recreation district, and business interests has been meeting to develop an economic strategy for the parts of Grand County from the top of Red Dirt Hill to the top of Berthoud Pass.

Utilizing data collected over the past year as a part of the Grand Profile, local leaders have participated in conversations and planning meetings with the hope of formulating a concrete economic development plan that can be incorporated into the 2016 budget process.

“The Towns of Winter Park and Fraser, along with the Chamber of Commerce, the Grand County Office of Economic Development, and other local stakeholders, have never before worked this closely to plan for our economic future,” said Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber. “We’re looking forward to the next step in this planning process, which is hearing from the local population about their dreams and visions for the Fraser Valley.”

The Strategic Planning Economic Development Group is seeking input from locals, second-home owners, and those who work in the area to get a complete picture of the economic hopes for the Valley. The group plans on conducting interviews with stakeholders, facilitating conversations, and has recently released an online community input survey.

Those wishing to give their feedback are invited to go to to offer their opinions. Survey participants will be entered to win one of three $100 gift cards.

“We’re confident that the information we gather from the community at-large will add depth to our perspective and will help to ensure the planning process and the ultimate outcome will benefit our entire community,” Ross added.

The survey is online now and will be available until Aug. 16.

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