OURAY – Do you like the services your city provides but wonder if those services can continue, given the national economy and regional demographic changes? Nationally and locally, changing demographics are having a significant impact on our communities and on the economic activity within them.
Healthy communities such as Ouray find it advantageous for government and business to be aware of anticipated demographic and economic changes so they can plan ahead to accommodate them while also preserving the important characteristics that are unique to our community.
To that end, this month’s Business Round Table features Phyllis Resnick, Ph.D., who specializes in researching and analyzing demographic changes and how those changes affect a community’s economy. Her research includes several Colorado municipalities as well as national data, trends and projections. Round Table organizers said that given the current national economic situation, and the fact that this is the season for creating the city’s 2009 budget, Resnick’s presentation will be particularly timely and important.
Resnick’s presentation, The Future of Financing Municipal Governments: A Cautionary Tale, is one of a series of sessions relating Ouray’s economic activity to the city’s financial ability to provide services and accomplish goals.
The Round Table will be held in the Ouray Community Center from 8-9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.
The Nov. 20 Business Round Table will present Karen Avery, president of the Ouray Chamber Resort Association, to discuss the OCRA 2009 Marketing Plan. OCRA manages the approximately $160,000 fund for marketing Ouray. Tourism, of course, is one of the key components in creating the sales tax revenue that funds much of the budget for city services.
The Ouray Business Round Tables are sponsored by the City of Ouray Community Development Committee to facilitate discussions affecting the economy of Ouray. Business Round Table organizers include Susan Lander, Ouray Gallery; Joyce Linn, CDC; and Rick Noll, City of Ouray Director of City Resources.