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Future of Carbondale’s annual business conference uncertain

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” A man who speaks about the future and has a website dedicated to disseminating information about the future could not have predicted a medical emergency that canceled or postponed the Carbondale Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Conference.

The event didn’t go off as planned Tuesday after the keynote speaker, Glen Heimstra, suffered a medical emergency.

About 140 tickets ranging upwards from $65 were pre-sold for the conference. A handful of people reportedly arrived at the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District Training Center only to find the event was canceled. It could be rescheduled if Heimstra turns out to be OK and willing to make the trip or appear by video-conference. If not, tickets will be refunded.

“The speaker had a medical emergency over the weekend, so we’re just not sure what’s going to happen,” said the chamber’s Executive Director Randi Lowenthal. “There’s nothing we can do except try to hope he’s OK and see what some alternatives are.”

She said Heimstra is from near Seattle and was told by his doctor he couldn’t travel until further notice. Heimstra is the founder of http://www.futurist.com and author of “Turning the Future into Revenue.” He was supposed to discuss the drivers of future change and ways to effectively approach future planning, among other things.

Heimstra was to deliver a keynote speech, engage the audience in a question-and-answer session and then facilitate working groups at the business conference.

“It really revolved around his expertise,” Lowenthal said. “We’ve called everybody who had tickets and who was a sponsor, and we explained the situation and said as soon as we know something we’ll start again.”

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121


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