Big Picture Breakfast: Regional Gap Analysis
Event date: October 1
8:30 – 9:00am: Networking & Breakfast
9:00 – 9:45am: Presentation
9:45 – 10:00am: Q&A
With: Jon Stavney and Rachel Lunney
How does Eagle County stack up against our neighboring counties? Join us for a deep dive into the similarities and differences that make each county unique and successful in their own way. We will take a look at economic indicators within each county, as well as other frequently discussed issues such as housing and transit.
Jon Stavney, NWCCOG Executive Director – Jon Stavney was hired as Executive Director of NWCCOG on November 1, 2016. He comes to NWCCOG with extensive local government experience in the Colorado Resort Region. Most recently as Town Manager of Eagle, a town of 6,800 with a $13,000,000 budget, he facilitated a public engagement process that resulted in a public vote to bond and build a regional park with in-stream amenities designed to catalyze a revitalization of an adjacent historic downtown. More than a decade before, Jon as Mayor of Eagle had driven the town modernize the streetscape in the Central Business District, and remodel it’s 100 year old park with a bandstand. Before serving as town manager, Jon served as an Eagle County Commissioner for 5 years. His major accomplishments there included several multi-jurisdictional efforts including a 13 parcel federal land exchange involving 5 local partners, the USFS, and the State Land Board. He also spearheaded a series of river access improvements on the upper Colorado River that resulted in more than $18,000,000 in local, state and federal funds invested to preserve habitat, working ranches and access to the river. Jon has served on the board of the Colorado River Water Conservation District for the past 8 years, during which time the district negotiated the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement with Denver Water and 15 western slope entities. Jon has a degree in English from Whitman College and is pursuing graduate studies in public administration.
Rachel Lunney, EDD Director – Rachel Lunney joined NWCCOG in 1999 and served as communications & member services coordinator for three years. She re-joined NWCCOG in 2008 as Economic Development Director. Her responsibilities include managing all activities and programs of the economic development program. Rachel served as project manager for the development of NWCCOG’s first ever Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in economics and an M.B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Rachel earned her Certified Economic Developer Certification in December 2018.
Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) is regional organization founded in 1972 to assist local governments in collaborative planning and management. Programs at NWCCOG range from senior services, water advocacy, elevator inspections, low income weatherization installations to a variety of economic development roles including business loans, management of the district and technical assistance for broadband deployment. Based in Silverthorne NWCCOG serves 28-member Towns and Counties through a wide variety of programs and services which can be explored at www.nwccog.org.
Big Picture Breakfasts are complimentary for VVP members and $20 for non-members. RSVPs are required – please RSVP on the form below!
All Copper Level members and above, who are able to accommodate up to 70 people, can host a Big Picture Breakfast by contacting Events and Office Manager Lauren Emenaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-477-4007 for more information. Breakfast hosts provide food and giveaways.