Collaboration and partnerships across the county contributed to an eventful year for the Town of Vail in 2019. These public-private partnerships culminated in a ribbon cutting for completion of the Solar Vail Apartments in Vail, plus completion of the 6 West development in Edwards. These investments, along with others, brought additional momentum to the town’s housing goal to acquire 1,000 new deed restrictions by the year 2027.
Meanwhile, a three-way partnership between the town, Vail Mountain and the Vail Chamber & Business Association resulted in initiatives that were used to grow early-season business through the weeklong Revely Vail activities, while the PrimaVail program was launched to elevate the guest experience via community wide training and social engagement experiences.
Other noteworthy activities included the hiring of Scott Robson as Vail’s new town manager, November’s Town Council election and the challenges associated with available vacant land and critical wildlife habitat in review of the Booth Heights development application. As the year was coming to an end, a working group was formed with representation from the town, U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Parks & Wildlife to collaborate on a plan for the long-term protection of the bighorn sheep herd in East Vail.
Examples of the many other partnerships and significant activities that can be attributed to the Town Council, staff and members of the community are detailed here.