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Grand County residents asked to participate in Grand Profile survey

Special to the Sky-Hi News

Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles about the Grand Profile. Look for the other two next week.

Grand County residents are being asked to help shed some light on the economic make-up of the community.

Very soon, business and resident surveys will be hitting mail boxes, in-boxes, town offices and chambers of commerce in an attempt to collect comprehensive local information about who lives, works, and plays in Grand County in an effort to develop a comprehensive community profile. The effort, dubbed the Grand Profile, will help civic and business leaders make informed decisions about the future of the Grand County economy.

The Grand Profile will be a dynamic resource for the public at-large and community leaders to understand what makes Grand County’s economy tick. In the coming year, community presentations will take place throughout the county to educate the public about the county’s economic drivers and demographics. Quarterly newsletters, a dynamic website, and other resources will be available to Grand County citizens that will provide both a 30,000 foot view of the economy and more individually tailored profiles for different parts of the county.

This week surveys will begin going out to residents and business owners in an effort to gain insight into the economic realities in people’s homes and work lives. All of the survey information will be confidential, but will be invaluable to adding depth and texture to the hard data that has already been collected and analyzed. Resident participation is invited and encouraged. And, as an incentive, five $100 gift cards will be given, at random, to survey participants.

Grand County has always been a place for self-determined, hardworking people to find a home. From the first people who came to the area to hunt to the gritty settlers seeking prosperity from the area’s natural resource wealth to the residents today, Grand County citizens have always been resilient and willing to roll up their sleeves.

The forces moving Grand County’s economy have shifted and evolved during the course of the last 100-plus years. While traditional industries such as natural resource extraction still play a significant role in the tax and employment base for the county, both the recreation and construction industries are now significant drivers of population expansion and wages.

In the past year, a collaborative group that includes the Grand County Board of Commissioners, county employees, including the Office of Economic Development, town managers from every town, all area chambers of commerce, and economic development steering committees, among others, have been working to understand Grand County’s economy at a deeper level. Working with RRC and Associates, RPI and Associates and Yampa Valley Data Partners, the Grand Profile team has compiled a number of data sets that tell only one part of the Grand County economic story. The resident and business surveys will fill in the gaps.

If you would like more information about the ongoing Grand Profile project or have questions about the resident and business surveys, visit http://www.grandprofile.org or contact Jeremy Kennell, Project Manager/Economic Development at (970) 283-3547 or jkennell@playwinterpark.com.


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