Jim Clark: My Christmas wish list for the community
Steamboat Springs — Dear Santa:
I promise that I’ve been good this year. Well, most of it, anyway.
So, here’s my list. Almost everything I’m asking for this year are gifts I’m willing to share. After all, ’tis better to give than to receive, right?
On the top of my list is a new sidewalk for LiftUp of Routt County. You see, they’ve gotten a great deal on this addition, but they need a new sidewalk to bring it up to code.
Our Leadership Steamboat class has chosen this as their project. We’ll need money, excavation, labor, concrete and I don’t know what else. But this leadership class is a great one, and I know they’ll get this one across the finish line. But they might need some help from you.
While you’re feeling generous, can you put some money in the stocking for Routt County United Way? I turned my pledge in last week, but there are so many needs in our community that it would be wonderful if you could drop something extra in the kettle.
Perhaps you could also see if the elves could do a little carpentry work. You see, lots of folks here are finding it tough to find a place to live that they can afford. The real estate recovery has been great, but it’s had a real impact on some young families and workers.
Maybe you could get some folks together to find a solution. I know lots of mountain towns have this on their list, just don’t forget about us.
While you’re flying down from the North Pole, we’d like to thank you for the early snowfall. Could you please keep it coming throughout the ski season? It really helps the local economy, and you know, we locals enjoy it, too.
If you would, how about dropping a few new Chamber members in our stocking? We’ve got a hardworking crew of staff and board here, and we really do offer a lot for the money. Lots of businesses in town benefit from the work we do, and it would be great if we could have some of them join. You can give them my number, I’ll be glad to show them what they get for their money.
If you’re looking at gift lists for folks in Steamboat Springs, maybe you could drop something in for our elected officials. You see, they’ve got a lot to deal with.
The folks at the city could use plenty of money, as their list of things to deal with is long, too. If you could help find a solution to Howelson Hill so we can keep that iconic asset functioning, it would save some folks some trouble.
While you’re having the elves cook up solutions, let’s keep the kids and the Steamboat Springs School District in mind. If we could get all sides sitting down with some milk and cookies, it might make for a solution everyone could agree on. I think we all want the best for our kids’ education, we just may need a little help coming up with an answer everyone can get behind.
What do I want for myself, you ask? Well, how about some help and support for a group I care deeply for, Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. I don’t understand domestic violence, it makes me ill, but if we can’t stop the need, maybe some help for this organization and those it serves would be a step in the right direction.
I really don’t want anything else. I’m blessed with a great job in an amazing community and a family that loves me. I don’t need a thing.
Wishing all of you a very happy holiday season,
Jim Clark is CEO of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, and he writes a monthly column for Steamboat Today.
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