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Posted on: February 26, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Community Members Invited to Prosperity Project Kick-Off

The One Valley Prosperity Project will make its official debut on March 4 by hosting the “Valley Launch Party”, a fun and engaging event for community members. Organizers are offering free drinks, appetizers, childcare, and a mix of activities to bring excitement to the event.

The Valley Launch Party is the first of many community events being organized to support the One Valley Prosperity Project (OVPP). The Launch Party includes a variety of events—from bingo to a “wishing wall” to panel discussions—and is open and free to the public.

During the event, community members will be invited to participate in a community forum about the challenges and opportunities facing the valley. “Citizen input is central to the event, and to the One Valley Prosperity Project,” said Gunnison County Commissioner Jonathan Houck. Residents will be asked for input on opportunities and challenges related to creating a more prosperous future which will contribute to the vision of the Gunnison Valley community.

The event will include an overview of the OVPP, speaking to the project’s goals and timelines. Group discussions will follow, encouraging participants to brainstorm and share their thoughts. The event will finish with a panel discussion. Panelists include John Gioia, a student at Western State Colorado University; Jonathan Houck, Gunnison County Commissioner; Sandy Fails, Owner of the Old Town Inn; Luke Danielson, a local attorney; Ethan Mueller, Manager of Crested Butte Ski Area; and Noelle Hagan, Western State trustee and Community Foundation board member. Panelists will discuss trends, opportunities and key issues facing Gunnison Valley communities.

Pam Montgomery from the Community Foundation said that the event will include activities designed for fun, getting to know others in the room, and sharing thoughts and ideas about the future of the Valley. “I can promise it’ll be a unique evening,” she added.

OVPP seeks to build prosperity for all the valley’s communities, from Gunnison to Gothic. OVPP is an initiative of the Community Builders Task Force, which formed in 2014. The Community Builders Task Force is a collaborative between the valley’s local governments, local business owners and non-profits.

The Launch Party will be held March 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom at Western State Colorado University.

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