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: In-person (Subject to change to comply with COVID restrictions)

Location: The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon

Timing: Five (2)-hour sessions (4:00pm – 6:00pm), Monthly (May – September, 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


2021 Community Issues Bootcamp Schedule:

  • Five (2)-hour sessions (4pm – 6pm), monthly (May – September, 2021)
  • Topics:
    • Session 1: Fire & Water (May 26)
      Chief Karl Bauer, Eagle River Fire Protection District; Diane Johnson, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District
    • Session 2: “Paralysis of Enormity” & Smart Community Growth (June 30)
      Bob Bandoni, Students Shoulder to Shoulder; Morgan Beryl, Eagle County Community Development Director
    • Session 3: Children & Youth Opportunities (July 28)
      Michelle Stecher, Mountain Youth; Erik Martinez, Eagle County School District; Ben Dodds, Young Life; Eagle Valley Community Foundation
    • Session 4: Cross-Cultural Communication & Immigration (August 26)
      Dwight Henninger, Vail Police Chief; Megan Bonta, Early Childhood Partners
    • Session 5: Behavioral Health & Healthcare (September 22)
      Chris Lindley, Eagle Valley Behavioral Health; Vail Health

Click here to view past Community Issues Bootcamp topics




  • 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 VVP members – complete the form below to request more info!

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