Chamber members Cynthia Forstmann, Allegory Studios, Marc Welch, Century Link, Steve Tarrant, Brush Creek Landscaping and Tree Service and Vicki Stone, ANB Bank made up one of the six tables of members and guests expressing their views and suggestions for the economic vitality of the Town of Eagle at the November 4th Networking Breakfast.

The Eagle Chamber held the first of series of events in the coming months: a Networking Breakfast on the topic of the “Economic Realities of the Eagle Valley and How We Fit In.” The event was hosted by Alpine Bank at its Eagle branch on Chambers Avenue. Eagle Chamber Vice President Mick Daly, Daly Enterprises Inc. (Juice Plus+) and fellow Board Member Levi Rogza, Wells Fargo Bank, have undertaken the responsibility to organize these informative breakfasts, which are designed to educate and encourage member input.

Economic development is one of the Town of Eagle’s top four priorities for the coming years and the town has shown it’s serious about it by engaging Bruce Nickerson as a consultant to assess the town’s economic readiness and to recommend strategic and tactical changes. His mission is to put meat on the bones of Eagle’s motto ‘we are open for business.’

The Eagle Chamber supports the town’s economic development efforts and Mr. Nickerson was invited to share his current insight and findings at November’s Networking Breakfast, unfortunately, he was unable to attend due to illness; Mick Daly presented on his behalf.

Daly said the ‘Timing is perfect for such a review as: The Town Board and Jon Stavney, the town manager, are unified and pro-active with major improvements to the Broadway streetscape having already begun; the interchange and connecting road improvements are nearing completion; area housing and retail developments are moving forward; “remote” employee opportunities continue to improve; and the Eagle River Corridor Master Planning project is in full swing.”

The project has three distinct phases: assessment, recommend-ations, and implementation. The goal is for Eagle to be “the best it can be” and truly “open for business”.

It must be noted that Bruce Nickerson has extensive real estate development and economic development experience in both the public and private sectors. He is currently serves as the consulting economic development and planning director for Firestone, a position he has held for more than 18 years. For the last decade, Firestone has been ranked as the fastest growing in Colorado, while Forbes Magazine ranked Firestone as the 23rd most desirable community in the nation. In addition, to his planning and consulting business, Nickerson is a guest lecture at CU’s Leeds School of Business.

Daly invited members and guests to discuss their concerns and recommendations with their tablemates and to report their consensus to the larger group. To receive a full copy of the recommendations, click here.

The next event in this series will be another Networking Breakfast in early February, where Bruce Nickerson will present an overview of his assessment and recommendations.