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Jim Clark: Accentuating the positive

Jim Clark
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— Watching television or opening the mailbox these days is becoming downright painful. Getting tired of “he said this” or “she did that?” Me, too. So I’m taking a positive note this month.

Amendment 71 good for rural Colorado

There actually is a constitutional amendment on the ballot that is very good for rural and Western Colorado. Amendment 71, known as “Raise the Bar,” would require groups trying to amend the constitution to collect signatures from across the state.

When I moved to Steamboat Springs from the Front Range, I noticed there were no petition collectors on the streets here, whereas in downtown Fort Collins, it was almost a daily occurrence. With more than 80 percent of the state population living on the Front Range corridor, we here on the Western Slope are often ignored or forgotten, and the rest of the state can impose their will on us.

Business culture is key

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association surveys the business community annually, and for the past two years, these surveys have identified workforce and housing availability as the top issues respondents say we should address.

Pay and benefits are certainly key factors in attracting and retaining employees. Today’s millennial workforce is attracted and motivated by workplace culture, appreciation and the contributions they make. In this tight labor market, being on top of your human resources game is key.

We’ve also got a great program coming up Friday, Oct. 21 at our Economic Summit. I especially like the title: “I Love My Job, Intentional Culture and Why It Matters.”

Presented by Colorado Mountain College, this year’s summit will feature both local and nationally recognized presenters. Kris Boesch is the CEO of Choose People and will present this year’s keynote speech titled “How to Make Your Employees Happy … and Save Your Company Money.”

Steamboat resident and author Dr. Craig Wasserman will frame the questions today’s managers need to ask themselves about their relationships with employees and customers.

Dr. Richard Wobbekind is executive director of the Business Research Division and senior associate dean for academic programs at the University of Colorado Boulder. He will present on economic trends impacting today’s organizations.

I’m personally a junkie for learning about demographic trends. Elizabeth Garner is the state demographer and will present on the demographic forces that shape workforce, customer and community profiles.

We’ll also hear from three other prominent local leaders who deal with issues affecting organizational culture and workforce issues in our community. Karen Goedert is a resort manager with One Steamboat Place and will present on intergenerational dynamics in the workplace.

Gretchen VanDeCarr is executive director and founder of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and will share her perspective from the nonprofit world, with focus on RMYC’s culture and outcomes.

Our relatively new city manager, Gary Suiter, will present on organizational culture in the local government arena. Suiter brings a wealth of experience in working with rural, urban and resort communities across Colorado.

Today’s world of business and organizations is people-centric. Those who can develop the modern culture of today have a far greater chance of success. I hope to see many of you at the CMC Allbright Family Auditorium Friday. We have just a few spots left.

Jim Clark is CEO of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

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