Carbondale Community Chamber conference takes on ‘green’ theme |

Carbondale Community Chamber conference takes on ‘green’ theme

The Carbondale Community Chamber of Commerce is going “green” with this year’s annual Business Conference, slated for Sept. 26 at the Thunder River Theatre in downtown Carbondale.Included as part of the conference will be a panel of green business representatives and local experts discussing how area businesses can take advantage of and benefit from green building and other sustainable practices.”We’re very excited about the green development panel,” Chamber Executive Director Randi Lowenthal said. “There are some fabulous resources in energy efficiency in Carbondale and the larger valley, and we want to start pulling that all together to make people more aware.”The panel discussion will be moderated by Maura Masters of Promotional Concepts. Panelists will include Martha Cochran of the Aspen Valley Land Trust, Randy Udall of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, energy consultant Joani Matranga, Dan Richardson of the city of Aspen’s global warming project, and Steve Novy of Green Line Architects.The annual business conference, titled “Economic Forecasts for the Roaring Fork Valley: Trends Affecting Your Business,” also makes a return to downtown Carbondale this year after being held at the Aspen Glen Club last fall. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the TRT, located on the Town Center Promenade, with lunch, and after the day’s program a wine and cheese reception.In addition to the green panel, speakers will identify economic trends affecting local businesses, including keynote speaker Brian Vogt, director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development/Trade. Also appearing will be state Rep. Kathleen Curry, talking about Western Slope issues, and Bob Spuhler, president of Colorado Mountain College, talking about local workforce concerns.A panel of Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin County commissioners will also discuss transportation and housing, including Tom Stone of Eagle County, Trési Houpt of Garfield County, and Dorothea Farris of Pitkin County. Moderator will be Tom Baker.During the evening wine and cheese reception, the Chamber Business of the Year will be named, recognizing a business that has a history of outstanding service to the community, sustainability, productivity and effort.Tickets for the conference are $65 for chamber members, and $80 for others in advance, or $80 and $90 at the door.

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