The three Chambers of Commerce of the North Fork Valley — Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford —have spent considerable effort over the past several years working together on projects of common benefit. These collaborations have worked well and have resulted in a common website (NorthForkValley.net), joint membership mailings, and semi-annual business forums.
Saturday, Jan. 21, marks the seventh in a series of forums, each focusing on a different set of issues. This forum is titled, "Local Business Meets Local Government." Delta County, as well as the municipalities of Hotchkiss and Paonia, are in the process of evaluating their existing master plans in an effort to refine a vision for the future. In addition, there is energy and momentum in the North Fork 20/20 visioning process, recently given wings as the result of a significant grant from the Orton Foundation. This forum will include a moderated panel discussion including members of local government, and others, followed by round table discussions allowing the business community and government officials to discuss, in an intimate setting, issues of common interest and concern.
Lunch, which will serve as a fundraiser for Memorial Hall, will be available at noon, and will include a presentation by Oxbow Mining regarding their proposed Oak Mesa mining operation.
While this event is being hosted by the three valley chambers, it is open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend.
This forum will be held at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the forum beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is free to members of any of the three North Fork Valley chambers, $5 for non-chamber members. Information is available by contacting Hotchkiss chamber president Nathan Sponseller at 872-5031.blog comments powered by Disqus