Changing Colors Up the Frying Pan Road                        Photo by Mary Beth Reckinger Weaver
Basalt Chamber of Commerce
October 1, 2015
Weekly Newsletter.
In This Issue
Welcome New Member!
Robyn Scott Interiors, Ltd.
Robyn Scott

RSI, Ltd. is a full-service interior design firm that combines texture, art and furnishings in a holistic approach Robyn calls ARTITEXTURE. The firm combines their client's vision and interior elements and works with local artisans to craft distinct furniture designs and unique artwork.

(970) 927-5354 
email Robyn
Upcoming Events
School Bond Issue Community Meeting
Basalt Library Community Room
October Chamber Business After Hours
Thurs, Oct 15, 5:30-7
Bosses Day"
Basalt Fitness
82 Duroux Lane

Basalt Fitness
Rock Canyon Coffee
Albright & Associates
Daly Property Services
Appetizers from Smoke Modern BBQ and refreshments from El Jebeverage

Door prizes, good company & lots of fun! 

A Basalt Chamber Member Benefit
Members and 1st time guests attend free
Non-members: $10 

Basalt Pumpkin Jazz & Roots Festival
SAT, Oct 17, 5-9pm 
10 Venues in Historic Downtown and Willits
Stay tuned for more info
This will be a blast!

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  

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I've been pondering a particular phenomenon in Basalt and the mid-valley and wondering how it might affect community engagement and our economic health. It won't come as a surprise that a large percentage of people who live in Basalt work elsewhere, at least 19 miles away typically up the valley, and many of those employed here drive from other communities generally further down valley.

According to a 2014 Regional Travel Patterns Study , only 29 percent of our workforce calls Basalt home. Further, only 10 percent of Basalt residents work in their home community, down from 24 percent in 2004. 

How does a growing schism like this affect shopping, volunteerism, community participation and local identification? Where do the nearly 71 percent of Basalt residents who work mostly in Aspen or Snowmass shop, dine or play after work. And do those who make up our employment infrastructure hang around at the end of the day to support the local economy or do they head west homeward?

In a peripheral way the subject came up both at the Town Council meeting Tuesday night and in discussion with those who stopped by Saxy's yesterday morning for the Mayor's Table (coffee with Jacque Whitsitt every second and fourth Wednesday). It's one leg in a multi-legged stool: economic sustainability, wide-ranging job opportunities, affordable "accessible" housing and demographic diversity.

This conundrum consumes nearly every municipality, large or small, particularly during and after periods of economic shake-up. Tuesday night, the Basalt Town Council took steps toward amending Basalt's Community Housing Guidelines to conform more closely with neighboring municipalities, to accommodate changing economics and in a roundabout way to motivate inclusion of lower-income housing in future development. Listening to the public and council members, I heard a sincere commitment to problem solving but also recognition that it's a monumental work in progress.

At the Basalt Chamber, I consider every day what businesses would fill out the downtown core, how to support the dynamic balance of the multi-use Willits Town Center and if there are incentives we and the Town might offer to build a healthy balance and local economy that will survive natural ups and down.

A demographic study the Chamber conducted for the Town at the beginning of the year revealed few easy answers. The Market Opportunity Gap Report - local consumer demand compared to revenue actually generated in Basalt itself - showed that the majority of lost revenue was related to purchases typically made in larger retail shopping venues, including automobile sales, general merchandise stores and grocery stores (the opening of Whole Foods Market in 2012 invites further data collection). Areas where Basalt earns a trade surplus include dining and shopping boutiques common to downtown and the Willits area.

Other than possibly attracting a Tesla auto showroom which I understand consists of one or two cars, the footprint needed by the typical new and used auto dealer is likely not to be practical given Basalt's land resources. The data continues to point to retail goods, service-based industries and entrepreneurship and substantiates local survey results and the Town and others' efforts to further develop arts and entertainment.

Do you have business analysis and development experience? Have you done small business consulting? The Chamber's Economic Development Partnership is gearing back up and we'd be very happy for your input and participation. Please write and let us know of your availability or just to share your ideas.

Meanwhile, have you been out in the back country? The photo at the top of the page is by local photographer-for-fun Mary Beth Reckinger Weaver. Traveling up Frying Pan Road toward and beyond Ruedi Reservoir, she captured and posted to our Basalt Community Facebook Page some lovely early shots of the changing leaves. For more tips (before it's too late), visit the Chamber's website.

Happy leaf peeping!
Robin Waters
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National Bosses Day
was born in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski registered the holiday with the US Chamber of Commerce. Then an employee at State Farm Insurance in Deerfield, IL, she chose October 16, her father's birthday, to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses and to spur improved relations between employees and their supervisors. Four years later in 1962 the observance became official across the nation.

Co-Hosts Basalt Fitness, Rock Canyon Coffee, Albright & Associates and Daly Property Services chose the theme to highlight this month's Business After Hours on Thursday, October 15 and invite Basalt businesses and Chamber members to submit your thoughts on what makes a good boss.

Email us by Oct 12 . Tell us who you think has been an exceptional boss and why. If you're the head honcho, share what you think is most important in how you approach the supervision of others. Work for yourself? Well then, toot your own horn. Do you speak to yourself politely, manage your time well and reward yourself enthusiastically.

We'll put all the comments together for everyone to read and enjoy and to share at the October 15 Business After Hours. Schedule here .
Now Accepting Applications 
2016 Business After Hours Hosts BAH
The Basalt Chamber of Commerce invites applications from prospective hosts for 2016 Business After Hours. Applicants must be members of the Chamber in good standing. Preference will be give to those who've not hosted an event in the last 12 months and for creative and collaborative themes.

But don't let that put you off. We're here to help. If you'd like to host an event but don't have a co-host in mind, contact us and we'll help create a match. If you don't have a storefront but would like to co-host an event with a bricks and mortar business, let us know and we'll connect you with a host seeking other member participation. There are many ways to get involved.

Business After Hours are offered as 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.
Request for Proposals:
Basalt Website Consolidation & Redesign
The Basalt Chamber of Commerce is accepting proposals from qualified website designers to consolidate, enhance and upgrade the functionality of our Basalt, CO website and create a separate Economic Development website.

On October 1 an RFP will be available to view. The purpose of the RFP will be to provide candidates with the evaluation criteria against which their applications will be judged. 

If you would like to receive a copy of the RFP when available, please write me here.
School Bond Issue Community Meeting School
Thursday, Oct 1, 5-6:30pm at the Basalt Regional Library
The public is invited to a community meeting to learn more about the Roaring Fork School District (RFSD) proposed bond issue Thursday, October 1st from 5:00 to 6:30pm at the Basalt Regional Library, Community Room.

Join us for a panel discussion with RFSD Superintendent Diana Sirko, Chief Academic Officer Rob Stein, Chief Financial Officer Shannon Pelland, Chief Operating Officer Jeff Gatlin, Basalt Middle School Principal Jen Ellsperman and Board of Education Members Matt Hamilton and Karl Hanlon.

The panel will provide an overview of the bond issue and projects included. They will also discuss the changing shape of our school district, important infrastructure considerations and the process that led the District to this ballot question.

The event is hosted by the Basalt Area Chamber of Commerce, Town of Basalt and Basalt Regional Library to provide an opportunity for residents and voters to learn more about regional education needs and the bond issue and to ask questions directly of our educators and school administrators. Click here for more information on the bond election. Download the poster here.
Back to Basalt ~ a Film by local talent Miles Craft and Ambesa Stump
Back to Basalt
Back to Basalt
I'm often behind when it comes to movie viewing, but a classic is a classic. Just this week I came across this 2013 debut of local filmmakers Miles Craft and Ambesa Stump. While still in 4th grade, the two researched Basalt's historic buildings, wrote the script, filmed on Ambesa's dad's green screen, then spent months editing the final cut using Final Cut Pro. Included is the story of Aspen Junction (now Basalt), the Midland Train Depot (now Alpine Bank) and the historic Arbaney Barn now restored and sitting in the middle of the playground. Near the barn are cherry trees planted by the Arbaney family a century ago and still giving pleasure to kids passing by on the way to the park.

Enjoy the movie and if you'd like to share your thoughts with the two young filmmakers personally, write Miles or Ambesa.
Free Legal Clinic

Are you in need of legal assistance and lack representation. On the 2nd Monday of every month through December, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for legal issues in the areas of civil litigation, collections, appeals, veteran's benefits, civil protections orders and family, property, probate and landlord-tenant law.

This service is offered free of charge via computer link to parties who have no attorney. The event is hosted by the Basalt Regional Library and supported by the local bar association, courts and Access to Justice Committee.

The next clinic will be held Monday, October 12 from 2-5pm. Walk-ins are welcome. First come-first served. For more information, download the 2015 schedule and poster. 
Updates, Events & Special Offers
Sign Up Today for Saturday's Fitness Retreat
For more info visit The Aspen Clinic
For more info visit Vimana Yoga
New Hours ~ Sunday Brunch ~ Bottomless Drinks
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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