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Conference eyes outlookfor economy in valley

Greg Massé

Organizers expect business owners from across the valley to converge on Aspen Glen Thursday for the Carbondale Community Chamber of Commerce’s annual business conference and awards ceremony. This year’s theme is “Economic Forecast for the Roaring Fork Valley: Trends Affecting Your Business.”Carbondale Chamber executive director Randi Lowenthal said she expects a higher-than-average turnout this year. “We are sensing a lot of energy around this particular conference,” she said. Chaffin/Light Associates president James W. Light will give the keynote address when the conference kicks off at 8:45 a.m. “He’ll touch on a variety of subjects that will be expanded on throughout the day,” Lowenthal said. After Light’s introductory talk, three other speakers will follow him, touching on national, state and local issues. A quick lunch will be followed by a discussion among six panelists. A moderator will run the discussion, Lowenthal said. The day will end with a 45-minute wine-and-cheese chamber award reception. Awards for best nonprofit business, best small or home-based business and best large business will be presented. The conference, which will take place in the Aspen Glen Golf Club’s main clubhouse, is open to the public. It costs $50 for Carbondale Chamber of Commerce members, $60 for nonmembers and $15 for students. “We actually made an effort to include students from (Colorado Mountain College), Basalt High School and Roaring Fork High School,” Lowenthal said. “We feel this is really consistent with the chamber’s mission.”While Lowenthal said the chamber would prefer that those who plan to attend the conference sign up today, walk-in participants will be welcome. To get to the Aspen Glen clubhouse, Lowenthal said, attendees must enter through the front gate from Highway 82 and sign in at the guardhouse. For more information or to make reservations, call the chamber at 963-1890.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext.

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