The chamber has hired a team of several enthusiastic locals who know and love Glenwood Springs. Guides will walk throughout zones on the north and south sides of the temporary Grand Ave. pedestrian bridge and assist visitors in navigating to attractions, restaurants and shopping. There will be two guides on duty, 8 hours a day, 7 days week. They’ll be easy to spot wearing branded blue t-shirts and baseball caps. The t-shirts sport the Glenwood Springs logo on the front and the international “I” information symbol on back.
“We are very excited to be able to offer an extension of our visitor information services.” said Marianne Virgili, President & CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber. Lisa Langer, Vice President of Tourism Marketing added “The Tourism Promotion Board is happy to see this program launched for summer 2016. The main goal is to provide quality information and assistance to the visiting public.”
The Glenwood Springs Tourism Promotion Board issued a request for proposal for the program to ensure that visitors can easily get to where they want to go during the bridge construction. The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association was awarded the contract and will manage the program.
Colorado Tourism Office to conduct eight statewide public input sessions to create the Colorado Tourism Roadmap
The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) will host eight public input sessions in cities, mountain towns and the plains in the coming weeks to gain insight into opportunities to maximize the benefit of tourism for communities throughout Colorado.
These sessions are the starting point for an eight-month project to develop the Colorado Tourism Roadmap, a statewide strategic plan for Colorado's tourism industry. Anyone with a stake in the future of Colorado tourism, including community leaders and elected officials, is invited to attend and participate in the facilitated discussions.
"This is a chance for Coloradans across the state to share their voices on how to maximize the benefit of one of the most important industries in Colorado," said Cathy Ritter, director of the CTO. "We hope participants will bring their thoughts about challenges that need to be addressed as well as opportunities to drive even more long-term benefits for our state."
The three-hour input sessions will be led by Mitch Nichols, president of Nichols Tourism Group of Bellingham, WA, which is leading the development of the strategic roadmap aimed at maximizing Colorado's tourism potential. Nichols is leading a consulting team that also includes the Radcliffe Company of Spokane, WA and the National Laboratory of Tourism and e-Commerce, based at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Findings from the public input sessions will be used to develop a State of the Industry Report, which will be shared at Colorado's Governor's Tourism Conference, Sept. 14-16 in Breckenridge. Following the conference, the consultants will develop draft recommendations for a strategic plan that will be shared in a subsequent round of public sessions in a different set of Colorado communities. Throughout the roadmap process, the CTO will be seeking public input through http://industry.colorado.com.
The eight stops for the first round of input sessions:
* 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs
* 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 2 at the Koshare Museum and Trading Post in La Junta
* 8 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at The Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs
* 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at location TBD in Silverthorne
* 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley
* 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 10 at the History Colorado Center in Denver
* 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at location TBD in Telluride
* 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 30 at location TBD in Alamosa
In 2014, Colorado set all-time records welcoming 71.3 million visitors to the state who spent $18.6 billion and generated $1.1 billion in tax revenue.
For the most up-to-date information and details about the public input sessions, please visit http://industry.colorado.com.
On May 17, 2016 the Administration released the overtime regulation the business community has been dreading for months. The new rule will double the salary threshold below which executive, administrative, and professional employees will have to be paid overtime for working more than 40 hours a week, from the current salary of $23,660 annually to $47,476 annually. What's more, the salary threshold will increase every three years. Employers have until December 1, 2016 before the rule goes into effect.
In anticipation of the overtime rule, federal legislators have introduced bills in both chambers to limit the damage. The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707 and H.R. 4773) would keep the regulation from taking effect and require the Department of Labor (DOL) to perform a better analysis on the impact changes to the overtime threshold will have on small businesses, nonprofits, regional economies, and local governments, in any succeeding proposed rule.
We encourage you to reach out to your legislators and ask them to cosponsor S. 2707 and H.R. 4773.
With your help, we can raise the voice of the business community and demonstrate that this rule will not boost employees' income, but instead will force employers to reduce employees' flexibility, benefits, and growth opportunities.
Ask your Members of Congress to add their name to the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act here.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The Glenwood Springs Branch Library is teaming up with the Glenwood Springs City Council and Olive Ridley's Coffee & Tea Company to host a coffee for city council and community members on Thursday, May 19, at 8 am. Stop by to ask questions and learn more about our local government. Grab a free cup of coffee, meet councilwoman Kathryn Trauger, discuss community issues, build relationships, and, if you have time, attend the 9 a.m. City Council work session which will be live-streamed from our meeting room.
Sue Schnitzer, Branch Manager
Glenwood Springs Branch Library
815 Cooper Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Free breakfast for bike riders at Library Plaza
Ride your bike and celebrate National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20, with a free breakfast at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.
“Whether you are riding to work, to school or for your morning errands, stop by for free breakfast burritos, coffee and orange juice, and to meet other riders,” said Librarian Sue Schnitzer, manager of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.
The Library, the City of Glenwood Springs, CLEER and Ride Garfield County, a Garfield Clean Energy project, are hosting National Bike to Work Day.
It’s set for 7 to 10 a.m. on Friday, May 20, at the Library Plaza, 815 Cooper Ave.
Learn about the WeCycle Glenwood Springs community bike-share initiative and see a real bike-share bicycle.
See the Library’s Bicycle Bookmobile, enter a drawing for prizes and get a free chair massage from Midland Fitness.
Register for the Ride Garfield County Team Challenge
Sign up for the Ride Garfield County Team Challenge and start logging bicycle miles. The Team Challenge started May 1 and runs through Sept. 30.
Your business can form a team to compete with other local teams. To get started, visit GarfieldCleanEnergy.org.
Getting around by bicycle is good for your health and for the environment.
Using a bicycle can help ease traffic congestion during the Grand Avenue Bridge replacement project.
Glenwood Springs will host a second Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 22, to celebrate Colorado Bike to Work Day.
Glenwood Springs National Bike to Work Day is sponsored by Garfield Clean Energy, Glenwood Springs Branch Library, City of Glenwood Springs, CLEER, Colorado Department of Transportation, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, LiveWell Garfield County, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Treadz, Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop, Factory Outdoor, Midland Fitness and the Colorado River District.
Additional sponsors are welcome to help with prizes. Contact CLEER at (970) 704-9200 or ride@GarfieldCleanEnergy.org to learn more.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association was named 2013 Chamber of the Year by ACCE!