March 4 - In This Issue:


From Our Town Planning to New Plans Unveiled

For the last few months, we've watched the steady progress of the creation of Rocky Mountain Institute's new Innovation Center on the riverfront parcel that runs between Two Rivers Road and the Roaring Fork River in Basalt. Last November, the nonprofit Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation, owners of 2.6 acres closer to Midland Avenue, announced an agreement with Lowe Enterprises to consider options for the property. Lowe, a diversified national real estate development firm, built and operates The Gant Condominiums in Aspen, and has six properties in Snowmass Village.

At the time, Lowe's president, James DeFrancia, described a vision of a boutique hotel, residential condominiums and permanent residences. Mr. DeFrancia followed closely Basalt's Our Town Planning process and work of the citizen-led Downtown Area Advisory Committee (DAAC), then his team got to work on creating a plan. Last month, he told Aspen Public Radio:

"We think the combination of residences and the hotel property accomplishes what the Town seems to see
as its desired strategic goal of bringing life, vitality and people to downtown Basalt."

The vision includes a modestly-sized 60-room "boutique" hotel and 52 condominiums, 40 of which will be permanent residences. Mr. DeFrancia voiced an interest in maintaining open space, public access and visuals to the river, consistent with recommendations by the DAAC.  It is early in the planning stage and the developer now seeks input from the community.

Next week Lowe Enterprises will hold a series of informational meetings for the Town of Basalt and its residents:
  • Tuesday, March 10, beginning around 6:30pm - Presentation to the Basalt Town Council
  • Thursday, March 12, 4:30-6:30pm - Public Open House, Town Hall
Those interested in learning more and asking questions are invited to join the public meeting and view the conceptional drawings. If the project progresses, a pre-application agreement and formal application will be presented to the Town and additional meetings will follow.

The proposed hotel is one possible component in a larger plan mapped out over the last year through Town planning and citizen engagement. In preparation for the meetings, residents are invited to look at information provided on the Our Town Planning website, and review notes from the DAAC Meetings and their final recommendations.

Basalt Chamber Fund Drive?

Aspen Public Radio will soon be wrapping up their annual fund drive. The Basalt Chamber of Commerce has a few weeks to go, with opportunities for businesses to take space in the 2015 Community Guide & Business Directory. Not only is this possibly the best and most affordable advertising tool for local businesses - for less than $50 a month your business can be showcased handsomely throughout the Valley for an entire year - it's the face of Basalt. We want to see the magazine packed with local business in beautiful color... and we'll even design an ad for you. Contact us soon to reserve your space. Forget to call, and you'll lose your chance until next year.
Special Events Ahead in Basalt
  • Open House in the River Park Center (formerly Bristlecone Sports), Catered by Ho Palace, Wednesday, March 11
  • St. Patrick's Day Business After Hours - Thursday, March 19
  • Basalt Chamber Annual Meeting & Luncheon - Thursday, April 16
Get all the details below and join us for fun and community building!

Robin Waters
President/CEO, Basalt Chamber of Commerce
P.S. Attention Members: Important Notice!
We are preparing content for the 2015 Community Guide & Business Directory. Please check your listing in the online Business Directory here to make sure it is correct. If you need to make changes, please do so no later than March 18 to ensure that your information is correct in the magazine. Here are easy-to-follow instructions to keep your company information current.
If you're waiting for the perfect time to join the Basalt Chamber... this is it! With your new membership, your business will be listed in the Basalt Community Guide & Business Directory and online for 12 months until next Spring. Imagine all the people who'll see your beautiful ad and pick up the phone to call or walk through your door!
Membership applications are standing by.

Welcome New Members!
Basalt Thrift Store (Jullia Pratt)
180 Southside Drive
Basalt, CO 81621
( 970) 927-6488
Non-profit thrift store selling new and used items. Volunteer staff with proceeds supporting sustainable learning centers.
Junior Achievement of the Roaring Fork Valley
(Laura Seay)

P.O. Box 1477
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
(405) 708-1577
Volunteer-based K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills.
Ho Palace
1 23 Emma Road
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-3855
Chinese restaurant offering dine-in or take-away lunch and dinner menus. Located in the River Park Center near The Basalt Store
Land Title Guarantee Company (Bob Rulon)
Basalt Circle Suite 1
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-0405
A Colorado-based business providing Title & Escrow Services to customers throughout the state since 1967.
J ill's Carpets Inc. (Jill Westerlind)
20 Sunset Drive #5
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-1768
Carpet, rugs, hardwood, engineered wood, vinyl by the sheet, cork & rubber. Plus blinds, Oreck vacuums and more!
River Park Center LLC (Douglas Allen)
Emma Road in Basalt next to The Basalt Store
403 Lacet Lane
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-8800
Commercial retail center between downtown Basalt & Hwy 82. 5,600 square feet of prime space now available
John Rubel Builder LLC (John Rubel)
P.O. Box 8203
Aspen, CO 81612
(970) 274-1424
Provides exceptional homebuilding & remodeling services bringing to life the beautiful living spaces
Swedish Painting Company (Josh Austin)
P.O. Box 9103
Aspen, CO 81612
(970) 920-2422
For over 20 years, Swedish Painting Company has provided high-end residential & commercial painting services in the Valley
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Basalt Chamber/Basalt Regional Library Business Classes 
"Introduction to Social Media for Business" Free classes & lab.
February 25, 5:15-7pm; Follow-up Lab March 5, 8:30-9:45 a.m. (details below)
March 4, 5:15-7pm; Follow-up Lab March 12 8:30-9:45 a.m. (details below)
Basalt Library Community Room

What's the Next "Big Thing" in Basalt? It Could Be You!
Wednesday, March 11, 4:30-6:30 pm ~ River Park Center
123 Emma Road (formerly Bristlecone Sports next to Ho Palace)
Walk about 5,600 sf of prime space in Basalt and imagine your business.
Chat about your ideas and possibilities with Town Manager Mike Scanlon and representatives from Alpine Bank, Bank of Colorado, Community Banks of Colorado, Vectra Bank & Colorado Lending Source or just tour the space & share your ideas.
Refreshments and Catering by Ho Palace. RSVP here and come as our guest. 

Basalt Chamber March Business After Hours
 "St. Patrick's Day in Basalt"
March 19, Thursday 5:30-7:00pm ~ 104 Midland Avenue #103 (in their newly remodeled building!)
Hosted by WJ Bradley Mortgage, Land Title Guarantee Company and Jimbo's Wine & Liquors which is donating a keg of green beer! There will also be corn beef sliders, potato salad and brownies from Heathers. Yum!!! Plus door prizes and good Irish fun.
This is a benefit for Basalt Chamber Members. Non-members: $15 (as a Chamber or Member Guest), after first visit.
RSVP here to let us know you're coming!

"Basalt: A Town of Innovation & Integration" 
THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 11:30 TO 1:15
Tempranillo Restaurant, 165 Midland Avenue
$25/members and $40/non-members by March 25
$30/members and $45/non-members after March 25
RSVP here. Seating is limited.

Recurring Events and Social Connections

Coffee With Mayor Jacque Whitsitt   
Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at Saxy's in downtown Basalt 
Please check the Town Calendar to confirm.  


Coffee with Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry
Every 2nd Wednesday around 8:15 am at Cafe Bernard's in downtown Basalt. Please check to confirm schedule.  
To view a more complete calendar of Basalt events, visit the Chamber website
To download an updated list of the Chamber's monthly Business After Hours, click here
For the Town of Basalt's meetings & events schedule visit their website here and click "Calendar"
Find out how and why social media, or "new media" as it's now called, can be part of an effective marketing and business development strategy. Let's start at the beginning.

Introduction to Social Media for Business
  • Wednesday, February 25, 5:15-7pm
  • Thursday, March 5, 8:30-9:45am
Introduction to Social Media for Business - LAB
The labs are designed to help participants apply their learning in a practical way. 
  • Wednesday, March 4, 5:15-7pm
  • Thursday, March 12, 8:30-9:45am
If you'd like to join any or all of these classes, please send a note confirming the dates you will attend. All classes are free of charge.

These are the first in a series of classes designed to help Basalt-area business owners and employees maximize your business success using traditional tools as well as those afforded by social media and newer online tech-centered platforms. The program is presented by the Basalt Regional Library and the Basalt Chamber of Commerce. We welcome collaboration. Please let us know if you'd like to be involved in planning or teaching and what types of classes are needed and times of day most convenient.

"RFTA sets ridership record in 2014" Aspen Times 3/3/15

"Developer ready to discuss Basalt hotel plan with council, public in March" Aspen Times 2/26/15  
Town Manager Mike Scanlon's Weekend Update 
Find information on happenings around the Town including the housing needs survey, Downtown Area Advisory Committee, development projects, parks and trails activities, and more. 
If we've missed anything or you have new news to report, please send it to us. If it's good news, and hasn't yet made the headlines, we'll see if we can get our local papers interested.
Dr. Tim & his team
Bauer Eyecare... New to Willits and Now Open 

Bauer Eyecare, a full service vision care and optical boutique is now open across from Whole Foods Market at 850 E Valley Rd. The space is beautiful - please come in to see what Dr. Tim Bauer brings to Willits after having consolidated practices formerly in Aspen and Carbondale.  Look for the most updated line of glasses and experienced certified opticians. Offering comprehensive eye and contact lenses examinations and the latest technologies to diagnosis any eye conditions.  Office hours are Mon-Fri 8:30 - 5:30, Sat 9:00 - 3:00. (970) 927-2020 Stop by and meet Dr. Tim and his staff!

You can reach a broad, targeted audience with your sales, specials and latest news. Send us either typed information and a photo, or your ad in .jpg format and we'll post it in our next newsletter. Plus, we can insert a link to your website, email address or any type of .pdf flyer, invitation or document. Contact us when you're ready for that extra boost.

Looking for even more direct exposure? Take advantage of our exclusive member e-blasts ? The member rate is $100 (that's less than 10 cents per contact!). Just email us with with your ad details and we'll have it out within 48 business hours (just not on a day when another campaign is scheduled). As a bonus, with your e-blast, we'll include an ad in the newsletter for free.
My name is Will Cardamone, and I live to ski and I love to fly fish!The most ideal day in my mind is one where both of these artistic extensions of myself can be molded together within one amazing day. My life for the past eight years has been filled with intense skiing adventures. This, however, is why I fly.... read the rest of the story here


SGS Real Time Flow Chart for the Frying Pan River
USGS Real Time Flow chart for the Fork at Basalt (Emma)
The Chamber community Facebook page is growing daily, and provides an easy way to share your business news, views and announcements. JOIN the BASALT CO COMMUNITY PAGE on Facebook, then add your "friends." Imagine being able to share news with the entire town at the click of a button . As a group member you can create your own event listings, invite the group and take RSVPs. For info on how to join and add group members, click her e

This Month In Basalt

For a full listing of Basalt activities click on the calendar

Basalt Chamber of Commerce members receive complimentary advertising, free attendance at great networking events, educational programs, and discounts a local stores, athletic clubs and media outlets.

And this is just the beginning. Members tell us that the most rewarding part of their involvement is the sense of community and collaboration. Basalt Chamber memberships begin as low as $250 per year.

For more information and a membership application, visit the Chamber website. Applications also can be found online under the "Chamber" tab here

Our Mission: To advocate for, promote, and serve our members
Our Vision: To grow Basalt as a destination for businesses, locals, and visitors.

Memberships as low as $250 a year with valuable benefits. For more information and a membership application, click here

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