"Unspoiled" A Painting of Western Colorado by Gordon Brown                   Keating Fine Art Basalt
Basalt Chamber of Commerce
September 17, 2015
Weekly Newsletter.
In This Issue
Welcome New Member!
Keating Fine Art
Gordon Keating & Family

Keating Fine Art returns to Basalt with regional artists of national repute including traditional paintings, sculpture and Old Pawn Jewelry. Join us today at 5pm in their bright, new location at Willits across from Whole Foods.

(970) 925-7042 
email Keating Gallery
Upcoming Events

FRI, Sept 18 5-7pm
Downtown Basalt
Openings, Receptions, Refreshments & Store Sales

Karen White Interior Design Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Friday at 5:30pm
227 Midland Ave #15A 
Download Invitation 

Business After Hours 
& Ribbon Cutting 
THURS, Sept 17, 5:30-7pm
Keating Fine Art
Willits Town Center

Chamber Member Breakfast
WED, Sept 23, 8:30am
Whole Foods at Willits
Seating is Limited
RSVP  to Missy

Rally the Valley
SAT, Sept 19
Glenwood Springs
More information here

Last 2 Weeks to Enjoy the Basalt Sunday Market
Downtown Basalt 10-2
-Holiday shop early
-Get a warm winter sweater
-Buy wine & honey
Have lunch with friends & enjoy the music!

Coffee with Mayor Jacque Whitsitt
Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday
Saxy's in Downtown Basalt
Coffee with Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry
Every 2nd Wed - 8:15 AM
Cafe Bernards  

Quick Links

Last week, Cafe Bernard owners told me that July and August were their busiest in 25 years. Yesterday, running around a packed restaurant long-time waitress Laila of Two Rivers Cafe said it was their fullest summer in her 10-plus years.

Veronika from Midland Clothing stopped by the Caboose this week and provided a similar update. Sales have boomed all summer. On Saturday, I went from the stunning Basalt library-Midland Park "ribbon cutting" (more info next week) to the incredibly lively Willits Wine Beer & Cheese Fest with wall-to-wall people, kiosks, pretzels, Sure Thing Burger morsels and more types of beer, wine and flavors than I could ever imagine.

Listen to KSNO Elizabeth Drolet's on-the-street story about Passport to Willits, Element Hotel sneak peak and affordable housing groundbreaking.

As reported last week, the message is consistent across the board. There's a ripening scent of business in the air. Fall is upon us and the long, white season of winter is just around the corner.

The Basalt Chamber is working to build a sustainable, year-round economic environment for area businesses. 
Later this month, I'll meet with a group of valley tourism pros to discuss opportunities presented by the up-valley visitor overflow and how we can work more closely with our neighboring resort areas. 

This is a topic that will come up in inter-governmental meetings and discussions among the Valley Chambers. Our planning casts a wider net with thoughtful discussion about regional strategic planning with Eagle County elected officials and a first-time meeting on Monday with an influential group of Colorado leaders, past and present, to launch the non-partisan "Building a Better Colorado" Project

Best to all!
Robin Waters
Click the image to vote
Voting ends at noon today and we're behind! Basalt is trailing the 2nd round of Elevation Outdoors magazine's  2015 3rd Annual Top  Adventure Towns Contest  Colorado's 3 Best Outdoor Hotspots.  Please go to this link  and VOTE BASALT. Middle column, 2nd box down. It takes just a few seconds, then share the post to your Facebook page and invite your friends and family to vote, now before it's too late. Help our town move to the semi-finals and get some well-deserved kudos!
September Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting ~ Keating Fine Art BAH

Today at 5:30 - 7PM
Please join us for a Business After 
Hours & Ribbon Cutting 
Hosted by Keating Fine Art 

In the Willits Town Center (across from Whole Foods next to Kitchen Collage)

A Basalt Chamber Member Benefit.
Members & 1st-time guests attend free
Non-members: $15 
Roaring Fork planning commission continues review of Tree Farm ~ Public Hearing today at 4pm
The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission continues review of the Tree Farm Planned Unit Development (PUD) preliminary plan today at 4pm at the El Jebel Community Center.

The proposal, submitted by property owner Ace Lane through his company Woody Ventures, encompases 71.71 acres across from Willits Town Center and includes 41.5 acres of open space and 2.1 miles of public trails with up to 400 residential units and as much as 585,474 total square feet broken up as follows:

  • 64 town homes averaging 1,688 square feet
  • 46 affordable apartments averaging 1,020 square feet
  • 154 rental apartments averaging 1,020 square feet
  • 136 lofts averaging 1,020 square feet
  • Up to 134,558 square feet with a range of uses that could include restaurants, retail and possibly a hotel.
If approved, the development team envisions building an average of 20 to 26 residential units and approximately 6,700 to 8,900 square feet of commercial space per year with full build-out expected by 2030 to 2035. More information can be found at the Eagle County website and in the Mid-Valley Area Community Plan. Submit comments to Scot Hunn or call (970) 328-8624.
Friday Night ArtWalk/StreetWalk ~ Basalt
The Basalt Downtown ArtWalk/Streetwalk returns with Openings & Receptions, Ribbon Cuttings, a Grand Opening and Special Store Sales along Midland Avenue and around Historic Downtown.

Come early at 5pm. You'll need a good two hours to see all the eclectic art, open shops and hor d'oeuvres and refreshments with friends and fellow art lovers. Be sure to stop by Karen White Interior Design in time for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at 5:30pm. Take a look around then as the galleries close stop by one of our fine restaurants for top-notch food and music.

Open the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting invitation or see below 

See the ArtWalk/StreetWalk poster for all the details on who's open when and what you'll find on display

Basalt Chamber Member Breakfast Breakfast
Next Wednesday, Sept 23 at Whole Foods

Are you getting the most out of your Basalt Chamber membership? 

Please join us from 8:30 to 10:00 am at Whole Foods and discover new ways to maximize your member benefits including:
  • Free & discounted advertising
  • Discounted ski vouchers & member-to-member benefits
  • How to use and optimize your web profile on the Chamber website
  • Networking and other business-development events
  • Meet the Basalt Chamber Ambassadors & other business leaders 
Pastries, fruit, coffee & tea compliments of Whole Foods.
Reservations are required. As seating is limited, we ask that just one representative per business attend. For details, call 927-4031
"Bond Together" for Our Schools
The Roaring Fork School District is seeking voter approval of a bond issue to fund improvements to schools valley-wide. Key focus areas identified in the RFSD 2014 Strategic Plan and community-wide Master Plan are: Safety & Security, Learning Environments, Facility Condition Improvements and Energy Efficiency Upgrades. In Basalt, these include:
  • Initiatives to provide affordable housing for principals and teachers
  • Secure and welcoming school entrances and improved parking and traffic flow
  • Improved emergency communications
  • Modernized building systems with increased energy efficiencies
  • Cafeteria renovation at Basalt High School and addition of a performing arts space
  • Middle school facility updates creative, flexible learning spaces and upgrades to the performing arts area
  • Renovation of the Red Brick Building for preschool, childcare and other school activities.
  • Acquisition of additional land in Blue Lake to provide for a future elementary school.
The Basalt Chamber holds that quality, innovative and collaborative education is key to a community's vitality and overall well-being. We encourage you to take a look at the following documents and consider the value of these tangible improvements to the educational environment for our local youth.

The total bond issue is $122 million of which Basalt will receive $37.7 mil. The estimated cost to taxpayers on a $500,000 home is $23 per month. Ballots must be received by 7pm on Tuesday, November 3rd at the Eagle County/El Jebel Community Center (behind City Market)
Updates, Events & Special Offers
"Police Academy" Comes to Basalt
Have you wondered how our men in blue spend their days?
Find out now first-hand.

The Town of Basalt Police Department is offering their first citizen's "police academy" free to the Basalt Area community, from Blue Lake to Old Snowmass. The academy offers citizens an opportunity through six classes to learn what their law enforcement officers do and why. Participants will do simulated traffic stops and CSI finger printing, interact with social services, experience defensive tactics and weapons management at the Basalt firing range and more. This will be a fun, personal and interactive experience. A certificate will be awarded at the end of completion. Classes will be held in English and Spanish from September 21 to October 21. For information and to register, email Sgt. Joe Gasper or call (970) 927-1316.
Download Poster in English Download Poster in Spanish
This Saturday, September 19. Rally the Valley, sponsored by Valley View, is a community-wide fundraiser supporting Calaway - Young Cancer Center.
For more information, to register, donate or volunteer:  www.RallytheValley.org Rally
New Hours ~ Sunday Brunch ~ Bottomless Drinks
For more info visit The Aspen Clinic
For more info visit Vimana Yoga
Basalt Chamber 1st Annual Mega-Prize Drawing
Download the Poster Here & Get Your Tickets at the Caboose Raffle
A mountain of thanks to our generous gift donors!
About the Basalt Area Chamber of Commerce

Red Caboose in Lions Park
PO Box 514
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-4031
The Basalt Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 membership organization dedicated to supporting the healthy and vibrant development of Basalt's businesses and community. Members enjoy lively networking events, educational programs, peer support, member-to-member discounts, and complimentary and discounted advertising, club memberships, ski vouchers and more.

Memberships are affordable and offer high value. To inquire about the rate for your business to join, please call (970) 927-4031.
To submit and online application, click here.  
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