Leading collaboration for economic vitality / 2020 Annual Report

Thank you to all VVP members, staff, volunteer board and community partners in continuing to focus on our business advocacy and programs to strengthen our economy and workforce. We could not do it without you!

Vail Valley Partnership

To our members, employers, employees & the greater Vail Valley community…

Our vision is to develop and enhance the economic vitality of the Vail Valley. Our mission is to lead collaboration. Never has this been more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic and our ongoing recovery.

Our programming is designed to support and promote the long-term economic health of Eagle County and to help build and solidify an economic base that is strong, diverse, and resilient.

Take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished in 2020 — together.

PSSSTT… make sure to check out what’s coming in 2021 at the bottom of this newsletter.


  • In March, we launched a new Covid-19 Business Resources website page, providing up-to-date information and tools to government officials, business leaders, and concerned community members in need of the latest data related to business operations, business resources, and the ongoing public health crisis. In conjunction with the Vail Daily, we launched the Open for Business program to ensure the public has your most up to date business information.

  • We have worked directly with our elected officials at the federal, state, and local level on the front lines of the Covid-19 response and recovery, providing data, technical support and a platform to share the impacts to our business community. Two business impact surveys were developed and shared, we represent Eagle County business interests on the Governor’s Tourism Industry Recovery Task Force.

  • We helped form the Save Small Business Coalition, and continue to advocate for federal relief through endorsement of the CARES Act, Heroes Act, Small Business Comeback Act and the Restart Act. Business support such as the PPP, EIDL, and others came through these federal relief programs.

  • And we have continued to fight to maintain and encourage as much economic activity as possible within constraints of public health and business process disruption. For example, we worked closely with the Town of Gypsum and other community stakeholders to launch the Welcome Home Neighbor program to help encourage our non-resident homeowners to spend the summer (or longer) in Eagle County.

And that’s just part of the story.

  • We have hosted numerous webinars and insight series, including promoting our partners at Colorado Mountain College webinar series and the Small Business Development Center webinars, to provide businesses with the information needed on strategic and tactical efforts. We’ve collected and consolidated sector specific guidance for re-opening in order to help our businesses re-open.

  • And through key investments in research and organizing capacity where it’s needed most, we’ve produced quick-hit studies and mobilized coalitions of civic and business leaders such as the Insights Collective to respond the ever-changing economic environment and changing macro and micro-level factors that impact business in Eagle County.

  • We have listened to our businesses and their need for more professional development and up-skilling and have responded with Vail Valley Works, wherein we will offer three signature courses, three specialty courses and numerous affiliate options in 2021.

  • In the fall, we launched The Partnership Podcast to bring more business insight to our members. We may not have the answers, but we certainly know someone who does. This podcast can be found in several locations including our website and several popular platforms including Spotify. Click here to subscribe and stay updated with timely topics and discussions with our business community.

  • Through it all, we have not lost focus on the key business challenges that exist in Eagle County. While COVID recovery is currently our top priority, we remain focused on housing, healthcare, transportation, early childhood care, and other community issues. We are dedicated to developing the Mountain Healthcare Coalition and One Valley Healthcare programs to address health insurance cost and accessibility. We remain focused on the need for workforce housing and on supporting workforce development efforts.

  • The efforts and programs implemented by the Partnership are being noticed nationwide; we are proud of the VVP team for being recognized as winner for “Chamber of the Year” by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Our 2020 Annual Report report gives you a deep-dive into how the Partnership is fighting on multiple fronts simultaneously, making progress, and providing our business community with the tools, resources, and information needed to survive the COVID-related uncertainty and thrive on the other side into the future.

None of this crucial work to buttress our community and to maintain our economic vitality would be possible without your membership. Thank you to the 50+ businesses who have joined the Partnership this year and thank you to all our nearly 900 members for your continued partnership, thought leadership and investment in our work. After you read Vail Valley Partnership’s mid-year report, please don’t forget to plan on your membership renewal for 2021.

On behalf of the Board of Governors of Vail Valley Partnership, we thank you for your engagement and support.



VVP Connect

A more connected community, is a stronger community

What is VVP Connect? An online platform to connect, discuss, share and champion ideas and resources for our Vail Valley business community. VVP Connect brings together current and future leaders, fosters creativity, grows our networks, and is a catalyst for innovation.

VVP members will automatically be eligible to participate in VVP Connect in private and member-only community discussion groups with their own resource library. What’s more is VVP members will have exclusive access to the VVP Resource Library which will have recordings, podcasts, and economic reports.

So what will be your first steps? Create an account with your bio, headshot, certifications, community involvement and professional interests. From there, you can find community groups you would like to participate in and network with other local professionals. 

So what better time to start an online networking and idea sharing platform than now? The best part is, after you setup your account, you will be able to simply reply to community group discussions by replying through your email — no need to login.

More details coming soon…

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