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Grand Profile depends on community survey participation

Special to the Sky-Hi News

Grand County, like other communities around the country, has had to weather the economic downturn that began in 2008. With a slow down in construction and tourist visits came some thin times for area businesses and the overall economy of the area.

As county leaders continue to work together to make decisions about how to continue to help the economy recover, a county-wide group of elected officials, municipal employees and business leaders in calling on area residents and business owners to help them better understand the Grand County economy.

Last week a survey started to hit mailboxes, inboxes, and town offices county-wide. The confidential survey is aimed at adding depth and texture to an incredible amount of publicly available data that had been previously compiled the project’s consultants RRC and Associates, RPI and Associates and Yampa Valley Data Partners. This information collection project, called “The Grand Profile,” will provide both a broad overview of the Grand County economy as well as particular community-specific profiles for use by the public, business owners, and local governments.

“As those elected to provide county-wide leadership, we felt that the return on investment of the Grand Profile project will come in many forms,” said Grand County Commissioner James Newberry. “The insights we, and other leaders, will gain from this effort, along with its accessibility to the wider public, have the potential to influence and inform our decisions as we plan for the future. Personally, I’m very proud of the way that the community has already come together around this project.

“The Board of County Commissioners and the county’s Economic Development Office could not do this work alone,” he added, “so the fact that all of the county’s town managers and chambers of commerce, along with business leaders, have already bought into this idea is heartening and is a good sign for a successful outcome.”

Project leaders plan to hold public meetings, publish quarterly newsletters and e-updates, and create a dynamic website in the hope that the economic data reaches as broad an audience as possible. By participating in the resident and business surveys, the citizens of Grand County have the opportunity to make the information as complete and accurate as possible. As an added bonus, five $100 gift cards will be given to randomly-selected survey participants.

If you would like more information about the ongoing Grand Profile project or have questions about the resident and business surveys, please 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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