Thursday, July 28, 2005

Visions, Vistas and Viewpoints

More than 100 people from around the region attended a conference in Keystone recently titled, "Visions, Vistas and Viewpoints - Imagining Our Mountain Communities in 2030.

The event was sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG). The council represents local governments working on regional issues in Summit, Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield and Grand counties.

Terry Minger, president of the Center for Resource Management, said that while economic successes have been phenomenal in the High Country since skiing and tourism took over as the drivers, leaders have and still do suffer from "failure of nerve," tending to maintain the status quo.

Minger formerly served as CEO at Whistler-Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia and was town manager in Vail for a decade starting in the late 1970s.

"Mountains everywhere are under assault," Minger said, "because there are so many more of us, more people, more cars, more development and so much more stuff."

The projected population in Summit County in 2030? 51,228, according to the NWCCOG projections.

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