Community Issues Bootcamp

A Vail Valley Works Signature Course

Course Details

Course Name: Community Issues Bootcamp

Leadership Pillar: Explore leadership opportunities through local community issues and solutions

Facilitator(s): Local Experts on Each Issue

Format & Location: In-person at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon

Timing: Five 2-hour sessions, Monthly, June – October, 2021

Cost: $500 (VVP Members)/$750 (Public Price)*

  • *Individual session rates available – see Registration section below

Intended For: Anyone interested in understanding the factors that affect our local quality of life and the ability to do business in Eagle County. Participants should have a genuine interest in understanding how these external issues affect planning and decision making in our community and what it takes to lead through these challenges.

Course Description: Whether you live, work or just play in Eagle County, you’ve made a conscious choice to do so thanks to the incredible quality of life and opportunities available here.  However (as with any great place,) there are underlying issues that we can all explore with the goal of coming together around solutions. We believe the way through these issues is together, with our friends and neighbors who are experiencing similar struggles but know the benefit of collaborating for solutions.

At Vail Valley Partnership we believe in creating change and supporting innovation. That begins with a firm commitment to seriously analyze our challenges and to identify, educate, train, and support our business leaders to shed a light on those issues. We’re making the commitment develop the intelligent, creative, and energetic local leadership network that is essential for the community to achieve its full potential. Community Issues Bootcamp is an opportunity to dive deep into the current issues that are defining the future of Eagle County. Each topic will be led by local and regional experts and features a “takeaway” comprised of information and strategies that you can start to implement immediately around each of these topics. The group will be limited to 20 participants to encourage a focused and comfortable discussion format.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Deeper understanding of the most current issues affecting Eagle County
  • Insights into the efforts that are currently underway or planned for the near future
  • Understanding of the goals & milestones surrounding each issue
  • Action items and ideas for continued support
  • Strategies you can implement right away to be part of the solution
  • Strengthened relationships with those who are active in helping our community
  • A certificate of completion for the Community Issues Bootcamp


2021 Community Issues Bootcamp:

  • Five 2-hour sessions, monthly, June – October, 2021
  • Topics & final dates coming soon!

2020 Community Issues Bootcamp is currently underway and comprised of the following topics: 

  • Session 1: Navigating Normal (6/24/20)– Where we’ve been, what’s ahead of us.  This opening session will cover the new realities we’re dealing with in customer service, cleaning procedures and moving through the stages of recovery.  Takeaway: Clear checklists you can take back to their business and implement.
  • Session 2: Caring for Employees & Behavioral Health (7/29/20) – Eagle Valley Behavioral Health will guide us through the BH repercussions we’re seeing, what to look for in our employees and ourselves as warning signs and what types of help are available. Takeaway: Behavioral health resources and guidance. Speaker: Chris Lindley, Eagle Valley Behavioral Health
  • Session 3: Childcare and Healthcare (8/26/20) – Childcare and Healthcare – We will discuss current Eagle County practices, what’s to look for in the future. Takeaway: Healthcare and Childcare policies that have been proven as examples.  Speakers: Early Childhood Partners; Jeannie McQueeny, Eagle County Government; Will Cook, Vail Health
  • Session 4: Environmental Sustainability (9/23/20) – Love your Mother (Earth)! There is no better time (as we’re examining our systems) to become a more sustainable business. Discussion will also include Transit options. Takeaway: Easily adoptable/affordable/ROI procedures for going green. Speaker: Walking Mountains Science Center, ECO Transit, CAC
  • Session 5: Housing and Community Resiliency (10/28/20) – The final session will include a discussion on housing and looking to the future here in Eagle County and what effect that will have on our business community. Discussion will also include questions from previous session and a look forward. Takeaway: Formation of a group that will continue to share resources and network.  Speakers:  Chris Romer, Vail Valley Partnership; Kim Williams, Eagle County Housing & Vail Valley Home Store; Eagle County Government



  • VVP Members*: $500 (Full Course)/$125 (Individual Session)
  • Public Price: $750 (Full Course)/$150 (Individual Session)
    • *VVP Member Nonprofits Receive a 40% Discount
    • Limited scholarships are available for courses beginning in 2021 – please complete the form below for more information!

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