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Fraser, businesses explore partnership

Reid Armstrong
Sky-Hi News
Fraser, CO Colorado
Some 35 people, representing more than 25 businesses and organizations in Fraser participated in a round table discussion Tuesday at Fraser Historic Church. The forum was a first step the town's community revitalization effort.

FRASER – It’s one thing to talk about community revitalization; the challenge is to actually do something about it.

With the release of the Community Revitalization Partnership Program’s final report last month, the Town of Fraser conducted a business forum Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Fraser Historic Church to keep the ball rolling.

Some 25 business were represented, including the Alco complex, Sharky’s, Crooked Creek Saloon, Cornerstone, Home James, Frank Expressions, Great Divide Insurance, Millennium Bank, Wylies Paint Store, Trailblazer, Winter Park Wellness Center, Arapahoe Chiropractor and O2 Creative. Entities such as the rec center, the chamber of commerce, Business Without Borders and the historical coalition were also represented..

The early morning coffee talk turned into more of a round table as businesses introduced themselves to each other and discussed some of their greatest challenges and desires.

While the town can’t do much about bringing more snow to the valley, which was the No. 1 desire mentioned during the forum, and there isn’t much they can do to help the challenging economy, the town can potentially help with things like promotion and parking and bringing more community events to Fraser.

One concrete idea brought forth by Francie de Vos was for the town to open a “pop-up business” location in the old cabin near the historic square. This would allow artists and other businesses to have a short-term, rotating retail location.

The planning commission is going to consider this proposal at its upcoming meeting, said town planner Catherine Trotter.

Promoting Fraser’s history and heritage tourism has been another recurring theme through this series of community discussions.

Trotter said she hopes to continue the conversation in January as the group begins to zone in and focus on more specific goals and projects for the town, possibly dividing up into action committees to tackle projects.

The full community report is available on the Town of Fraser website at

– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or

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