Basalt Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Weekly Newsletter.

The Bridge My Dad Built                                          A (relevant) story about this to come
In This Issue
Welcome New Member!
Marty Hagen, President
Business Infrastructure
Technical Professional

Supporting computers, networking, servers, videoconferencing and telephone systems primarily for businesses in the Roaring Fork Valley

Email Marty
(970) 306-1913 
Upcoming Events

December in Basalt is jam-packed with wonderful events, to many to feature here.
Take a look at the event box and join us through the month for fun, networking and the best of community.


Basalt Business Center Association
1st Tuesday Each Month
Email Amanda for details

Midvalley Visionaries
Millennials & Gen-Xers
Meet monthly & more
Email here
Coffee with Mayor Jacque Whitsitt - 8 to 9am
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
Featured Property
Post your Basalt Real Estate listing here 
LeadStoryThere are times when one feels that circumstances are coming to a head.

Last Tuesday in Basalt, the Town Council took action to clarify uses of the five-acre Pan and Fork park and development site between Two Rivers Road and the Roaring Fork River. They voted to start work on site zoning, look at ways to purchase more of the private land for a park, consider pending development options and amend the 2007 downtown master plan to better reflect current conditions.

The Council's actions stirred displeasure among those attending: low development advocates voiced concern about "urbanizing" downtown while revitalization proponents felt that the vote narrowed planning options. It is an interesting phenomenon that objections rang out on both sides.

Meanwhile Town Manager Mike Scanlon has challenged the Town Council and community to set aside their focus on bricks and mortar, height and square footage, and recapture a bigger picture analysis. Scanlon believes that Basalt can have both great development and a great park and it's in the relations and connections between the two that Basalt will see future and long-term vitality.

While the gem that is the former Pan and Fork site has captured the community focus, there's an even bigger picture to consider. The Aspen Times recently published an article describing up to 1,000 new residences and commercial development along the Highway 82 corridor from Basalt to south Glenwood Springs.

Of these, a majority are in the Basalt area: the 164-unit Stotts Mill project proposed for Southside, the 98-residence Fields project across Highway 82 from Blue Lake, continued development at Willits Town Center and the nearby Tree Farm project designed for up to 400 residences and 135,00 square feet of commercial space. Each of these development proposals is in various stages of municipal review. Each assures myriad impacts which will affect our quality of life and community for years to come.

Projects on the drawing board if designed correctly could bring much needed "affordable housing" to the mid-valley and sufficient density to support long-term economic sustainability, yet if done poorly could leave Basalt with a tangle of intolerable traffic woes, school and child-care crisis and imbalance the housing scale even further.
Regional Planning & Collaboration is Imperative
The Basalt Chamber feels that an optimal outcome can only be achieved by looking at development and "growth" from a regional as well as a local perspective. Just as downtown Basalt can not be shaped by decisions on a single hotel - whether 37,000 square feet or 75,000, three story or four - it would be a mistake to review the disparate mid-valley development proposals, the potential opportunities and the certain impacts of this level of development in a vacuum.
Last May, Basalt, Eagle County and Pitkin County officials met here in what was called a "historic meeting." They vowed to take a regional approach to the major issues affecting the Roaring Fork Valley, particularly Basalt which straddles the county line. We'd like to see how that collaboration is progressing and to begin to develop more concrete strategies that further engage the School District, RFTA, chambers of commerce, tourism boards (where they exist) and others. (Current MidValley Area Master Plan, adopted April 4, 2013.)

It has been a stellar year for Basalt businesses, but it would be short-sighted to sit back. Ultimately, we need to work together to create a foundation for a healthy, sustainable long-term economy that weathers the peaks and valleys as well as the seasonal slumps. The opportunities before us are unprecedented. We'll see our greatest success as a collaborative, creative, dynamic regional planning team.
Robin Waters
President/CEO, Basalt Chamber 
Aspen Skiing Company eyes Basalt location... and the beat goes on
While uncertainty remains as to all that's ahead in Basalt's development future, some things moves steadily forward. In just a few weeks, Rocky Mountain Institute's staff will take their new home in the new, energy-superhero Innovation Center at the west end of the Pan & Fork site. Please join us in welcoming them on December 30 (details below).

A few weeks ago, Aspen Skiing Company announced plans to relocate some of its operations to downtown Basalt and a downtown office purchase is pending. Another as-yet-unnamed developer is considering establishing its corporate offices in Basalt.

The Wyly Art Center welcomed a new director, Genna Moe, a new name, The Art Base, and a slew of new activities. Up Midland Avenue a new artists' cooperative has moved into the streetside space in the Midland Avenue Mall, and along Two Rivers Road Cocina del Valle is doing some interior and conceptual remodeling soon to be revealed. 
Ribbon Cutting & Celebrations at Element Basalt
A week of festivities will herald the long-awaited opening of the 113-room Element Basalt-Aspen hotel in the Willits Town Center. Join us on December 8th for the Ribbon Cutting and through the week. Details below
A December Full of Events EventsBelow
Friday|DEC 4
Holiday Tree Lighting-Lion's Park Downtown
Santa - Carols - Cookies - Bonfires - Carriage Rides-Ornament Decorating - Wyly Arts Mart. Free and open to the public.
Sunday|DEC 6
Menorah Lighting - Lion's Park Downtown
Candle lighting at 5pm. Reception to follow at The Wyly. Traditional Hanukkah food, beverages and children's activities. Free and open to the public.
Friday|DEC 11
Holiday Tree Lighting - Willits Town Center
Santa - Carols - Cookies - Bonfires - Carriage Rides - Ornament Decorating - Merrymaking. Free and open to the public.
Friday|DEC 11
ArtWalk in Downtown Basalt
Visit the Art Base (formerly Wyly Art Center) and Ann Korologos, Toklat & the Tania Dibbs galleries for a festival of fine art openings and receptions.
Saturday|DEC 12
Discover the Magic of Basalt in Historic Downtown
Basalt downtown merchants, KSNO and the Basalt Chamber invite you to visit downtown for fun and a magical day of discounted shopping at Faboo, Midland Shoe, Traffic, Heirlooms, One-of-a-Kind Jewelry and other venues. Visit any participating store through December 12th and enter to win a $500 shopping spree. Get details here.
Thursday| DEC 17
A Chamber Event  
Basalt Chamber Business After Hours
Hosted by Alpine Bank Basalt
A traditional holiday Business After Hours in historic downtown with Santa, refreshments & assorted foods from area business. RSVP here
Wednesday| DEC 30
A Chamber Event
Basalt Chamber & Basalt Businesses Welcome the Rocky Mountain Institute's Innovation Center
A special welcome to the Innovation Center hosted by the Basalt Chamber and Basalt Business members. RSVP here
Basalt's Holiday Tree Lightings, December 4th and 11th EventsBelow
Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Party ~ Sunday, December 6th  Menorah
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting, December 8th plus events all week! Element 

Join the Ribbon Cutting celebrations and other special events on 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 & 12/29. Tour the hotel and enjoy exclusive local rates. Read the details here.
Are You a Business Owner or an Entrepreneur? entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is an elevation of an idea through a series of developmental stages culminating in a self-sustaining business.

A business is an entity which exchanges goods and services with people outside of the business 

(customers) for money, social good, or something of equal value.

Are you an entrepreneur or a business owner?

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Thank you, Donors to the 2015 Basalt Chamber Season Prize Drawing!!!
And the winners are... Prize 

We have a terrific bunch of applications for 2016 Basalt Business After Hours mixer hosting. A half-dozen more or so of you planned to send in your applications. We'd like to put all the information together and create a schedule in the next few weeks.  Please submit your application this week so we can include your business in the mix for this or other networking events.

We're also collecting names of non-bricks and mortar business owners who'd like to get the extra visibility and build community connections. If you don't have a storefront and would like to co-host an event, let us know and we'll help you find the perfect match.

Applicants must be members of the Basalt Chamber in good standing. Preference will be given to those who've not hosted an event in the last 12 months and for creative and collaborative themes.

Business After Hours are an important Chamber networking benefit. Hosts have an opportunity to showcase your businesses and connect informally with other members. Download your application here and email it by November 1 or mail it to Basalt Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 514, Basalt, CO 81621.
The Basalt Chamber of Commerce seeks proposals from  qualified design firms with a top-notch team able to produce the 2016 Basalt Community Guide & Business Directory.

The ideal candidate(s) will take the magazine from sales and design through printing maintaining the high standard for which it has become known. The purpose of the RFP will be to provide candidates with the scope of expectation and evaluation criteria against which their applications will be judged. 
To receive a copy of the Request for Proposals, please click here. If you have any questions, please write Basalt Chamber CEO. Deadline for RFPs: Monday, December 7.
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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