Participants sought for Glenwood Springs planning academy

Staff Report

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is teaming up with the Sonoran Institute to offer another of the institute’s community development academies, only this one will focus more specifically on planning issues facing Glenwood Springs.

“It’s been a goal of the chamber for a long time to engage, educate and encourage community decision makers and leaders, and we are fortunate to partner with the Sonoran Institute, which shares this vision,” said Marianne Virgili, chamber president and CEO.

Registration is being taken through Sept. 6 for the Glenwood Springs Community Development Academy, which will include eight weekly sessions between Sept. 16 and Nov. 4.

The academy is open to all Glenwood Springs-area residents and community leaders who, according to the chamber, “have an interest in how community planning relates to the economic success of Glenwood Springs, and who wish to make a positive contribution to its future.”

The academy is similar to one sponsored last year by the Sonoran Institute, which focused on regional planning and development issues.

The Glenwood academy will focus more specifically on local planning and economic development issues.

“During the sessions, participants will learn about and discuss choices and issues facing Glenwood Springs, as well as the role of effective leadership and decision-making in creating successful communities,” according to a chamber press release.

The course will take place on Monday nights in Glenwood Springs from 5:30-8 p.m., and will include a special mobile tour option taking place on Monday, Sept. 30.

According to the Sonoran Institute’s description of the community planning academy series, the course will focus on a range of topics including:

• Economic and demographic trends.

• Development challenges and opportunities.

• Community design strategies.

• How to strengthen existing communities.

• Linking community and economic development goals.

• Expanding housing and transportation opportunities.

• Regional coordination.

• Roles of local leaders.

The cost for the eight-week course is $100, which includes all materials and catered dinners. An extra fee to cover transportation expenses for the mobile tour will be collected after the course begins. Limited scholarships are available for the course and mobile tour.

Class size is limited. For further information, contact Jillian Sutherland at (970) 384-4364 ext. 4002, or email

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