Local chambers unite to launch the Mountain Chamber Alliance – by Jan Wondra
On Tuesday, the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Salida Chamber of Commerce announced that they have joined chambers of commerce in the Central Rockies region to form the Mountain Chamber Alliance (MCA).
“On May 3, we were approached by the director of the basalt chamber to consider joining forces on key advocacy issues by joining MCA to combine support with other local Colorado Mountain chambers,” said Lori Roberts, executive director of the Salida Chamber of Commerce.
“The first issue we read about and decided to support was the expansion of the definition used for in-state tuition at CMC. As an alliance, if you will, the MCA all agreed that this would help address the labor and training issues facing our businesses,” she added. “The Salida Chamber Board of Directors expressed their support for MCA membership at this time and we are pleased to be part of the collaborative effort.”
The MCA is a membership organization comprised of Chambers of Commerce in the Central Rockies region, including Grand, Summit, Eagle, Routt, Chaffee, Lake, Garfield, Pitkin, Gunnison, and San Miguel counties. The organization was created to help advance public policy goals that enhance economic vitality and oppose those who negatively impact communities and businesses in the mountain region.
The new alliance includes 13 chambers: Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Basalt Chamber of Commerce, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, Colorado River Valley Chamber, Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, Gypsum Chamber of Commerce, Summit Chamber of Commerce, Steamboat Chamber and Vail Valley Partnership to form the Mountain Chamber Alliance (MCA), in addition of Salida and Buena Vue.
MCA’s mission is to apply the collaborative impact of Chambers of Commerce across the Central Rockies, including the thousands of businesses and employees they represent, to ensure mountain communities have a voice. on regional and national issues of importance.
Gunnison Chamber Director Helminski shares, “The other regional Chambers of Commerce have been a source of collaboration for many years. The creation of MCA reinforces these efforts with a stronger voice on the challenges and opportunities that all of our member companies face. »
The MCA has identified key priority elements which are common themes impacting the mountain region. These include workforce housing, transportation, childcare, tourism finance and destination management, short-term rentals, workforce development work, broadband and healthcare.
“We are delighted to collaborate with our fellow chambers of commerce in the mountain region, as we are all working to solve similar challenges. By working together, we can share ideas and resources, and ultimately amplify the voice of our businesses and communities,” said Angie Anderson, MCA Chair and President and CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.