Congratulations to Brandy Reitter and Jeff Shroll for being named city, county managers of the year in Colorado

Eagle County swept the Colorado City and County Management Association’s manager of the year awards ceremony, with the CCCMA recognizing Eagle town manager Brandy Reitter as city manager of the year and Eagle County manager Jeff Shroll as county manager of the year.

Adams County manager Raymond Gonzales, in announcing the county manager of the year award for Shroll during a Zoom ceremony, pointed in part to Eagle County’s regional partnership during the Grizzly Creek Fire, noting that Shroll was nominated for the award by officials in Glenwood Springs. Shroll’s “leadership during an unprecedented year has inspired all of us,” Gonzales said.
Jane Brautigam, the former Boulder city manager and that city’s first female city manager, described Reitter as “a shining star in our state,” pointing to numerous accomplishments of the town of Eagle during a difficult year dominated by a global health pandemic. Those achievements included passage of a home rule charter, ballot measures for open space conservation and the creation of a new downtown development authority, new comprehensive and strategic plans, and launching a community survey — the first such survey in the town in years.
NWCCOG congratulates Brandy and Jeff on this amazing accomplishment. We are very fortunate to have these dedicated leaders in our region!
Grand County creatives form coalition to boost industry

From the ArtSpace project in Grand Lake to plans for the Fraser Center for the Creative Arts, a new coalition hopes to help guide Grand County’s growing art scene into a flourishing industry.
The Grand Creative Coalition formed this month and launched an online survey to try to get an overview of creatives and artists in Grand County. Headed by Grand County Economic Development Director DiAnn Butler, the coalition’s goal is to build upon existing efforts and unify them under one umbrella. “Now more than ever we are wanting to bring together opportunities to build and strengthen our creative economy countywide and offer locals, second homeowners and tourists the chance to explore all the creative gems and opportunities throughout our county,” Butler said in a news release.

Using information gleaned from the survey, Butler said the coalition hopes to start new programming, such as art classes, gallery and studio tours, and showcasing events. The first step in that process will be virtually convening the artists who filled out the survey to discuss what comes next. “It will allow us to listen to the wants and needs of that cohort, help connect them to the broader community and visitors, and enhance Grand County as an arts and creative destination,” said Steve Fitzgerald, president of the new Fraser Valley Arts nonprofit. “I also see it as a starting point for future collaboration across Grand County.”
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