Steamboat briefs: Annual economic summit explores company culture |

Steamboat briefs: Annual economic summit explores company culture

The annual Economic Summit, produced by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and the Economic Development Council, will take place Friday, Oct. 21 at Colorado Mountain College.

The educational event will explore the key components of a healthy organizational culture and provide practical information about economic and demographic trends, intergenerational dynamics and strategies for creating intentional and positive culture in the workplace.

“Every organization has a culture … but is it an intentional culture that aligns with key goals?” asked Jane Blackstone, Steamboat Springs Chamber economic development director. “This year’s summit will give participants a framework for evaluating their own cultures and practical tactics to shape positive change and improve bottom-line results.“

The day kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and networking, followed by an impressive speaker lineup that includes City Manager Gary Suiter, State Demographer Elizabeth Garner and Brian Lewandowski, associate director of the business research division at the University Of Colorado Leeds School of Business.

Brunch will be prepared and served by culinary students in the Colorado Mountain College dining hall overlooking the Yampa Valley.

The day will conclude with a keynote speech, “How to Make Your Employees Happy … and Save Your Organization Money,” from Kris Boesch, CEO of Choose People, a consulting company based in Denver and Fort Collins. Tickets for the event are $55 and include coffee and brunch. Online registration and more information can be found at

Program offers residents help with Medicare Part D

Medicare’s Part D annual open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7, and it is the time for seniors to determine if the prescription drug plan they are on is still best for them.

To help people make those determinations, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program’s volunteer counselors are offering open enrollment sessions in Steamboat Springs.

Sessions will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 21, from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 28 and from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Northwest Colorado Health conference room.

Sessions will be held at the Yampa Valley Medical Center conference room #2 from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 and Nov. 10.

Appointments are requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Call 970-819-6401 for more information.

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