13th Annual Economic Summit

13th Annual Economic Summit
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Sky Ute Casino Event Center - 14324 Hwy 172 North Ignacio, CO 81137 | 8:00am - 7:00pm

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The 13th Annual Economic Summit is designed to look at our communities across the region and learn what attributes we have and what challenges we face. This is an opportunity for us to come together as a region and gain knowledge of these issues, acquire tools and resources to implement in our communities and businesses, and to better the economy as a whole. Topics range from infrastructure, small business development, workforce challenges, economic resiliency and more.

Topics to be presented:

Economic Development Readiness

Multi-Generational Workforce Development

Start-up Business Resources

Best Practices for Board of Directors

Communication Styles

Employee Retention

Changes in Retail Sales Strategies


Strategic Planning

Speaker announcements:

Tim Kirkland, CEO, Renegade Hospitality Group

Tom Stritikus, President, Fort Lewis College

Aaron Fernandez, Founder & CEO, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy

Deanne J. Idar, PhD, ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Top Seed Leadership Coaching

Bryan Dear, Owner & Founder, The Payroll Department

Loretta Velasquez, Small Business Specialist, Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Roger Zalneraitis, Economic Development Manager, Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Sandhya Tillotson, Founder/CEO, Sagebrush Limited

Christi Zeller, Executive Director, La Plata County Energy Council

Ellen Roberts, Attorney at Law

Gary Masner, Co-Founder, SCAPE

Tami Graham, Executive Director, KSUT

Lisa Branner, Co-Founder, Venture Snowboards

Patrick Cain, CEO, Clutch Hemp

Tony Vicari, Director of Aviation, Durango-La Plata County Airport

Dan Harms, Manager of Rates, Technology and Energy Policy, LPEA

Bert Carder, Owner, SpotOn

And MANY more!


Local leaders and businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, higher education

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