Local organizations bring business services and programs to San Miguel County

Business Development

Words by Nichole Zangara / Business Development

There is a lot that goes into starting, developing, and growing a business in rural San Miguel County, so local organizations offer a number of programs and services to help with this endeavor. To learn more about these programs and services and how to gain access to them, the towns of Mountain Village and Telluride, West Central Region 10 Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Region 10, and Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA) are hosting Business at Elevation. This free event will be held in Mountain Village Town Hall at 10 a.m. June 22 and will cover topics such as free small business consulting, small business loans, and Enterprise Zone tax credits.

“Mountain Village is committed to current and aspiring small business owners and entrepreneurs by playing a support role in fostering a strong business community. One way to show the town’s support is to bring tangible programming and services to San Miguel County,” said Nichole Zangara Riley, director of marketing and business development for Mountain Village. “Business at Elevation is an event that is inclusive of anyone who wants to engage the business community and be part of its fabric. It is also important to note that the discussion on June 22 isn’t a one-way street, but rather a two-way conversation as the information presented by Region 10 and the SBDC is important but what is more important is to hear from attendees so Mountain Village and others can provide services and programs that have value to the business community.”

Business at Elevation will stream live at townofmountainvillage.com/video. Light fare and drinks will be served.
New SBDC Satellite Office | Small Business Consulting Services

Due to an increase in demand and support from local government and TVA, a satellite office has expanded to include San Miguel County and Ouray County. According to Region 10’s Small Business Resource Director Vince Fandel, the West Central SBDC program has been building slowly over the past year with robust programs in Montrose and Delta counties. After receiving requests from TVA and the Town of Mountain Village to expand its program to include San Miguel County, Fandel contacted the state’s SBDC office and the SBDC’s host, Western State Colorado University, requesting a full satellite expansion. The satellite office opened officially in March.

A popular and invaluable service offered by the SBDC is free access to one-on-one business consulting. According to Fandel, two consultants who live in the region were screened and are now certificated to serve the area’s small business owners and entrepreneurs. To access this service, San Miguel County business owners may register online and in turn will be paired with a consultant to discuss in confidential meetings an array of topics like business planning, feasibility analysis, valuation, accessing capital, financial reports and analysis, social media strategies and website development, access to capital, just to name a few. Fandel said that through the consultation process, business owners and entrepreneurs have access to a number of tools like a business health assessment using ProfitSense, which generates a report on the health of your business based on data such as tax returns. In an effort to better serve San Miguel County, the SBDC is also recruiting more business consultants who are interested in confidential, one-on-one consulting and have expertise in marketing and business plans, financials, e-commerce insight, and website analysis. Qualifications to become a consultant vary depending upon the individual’s expertise.

“With the start of TVA, more and more entrepreneurs and small businesses owners have emerged and requested access to mentors and advisors to help them grow their business,” explained TVA Director Thea Chase. “SBDC is a national resource that has provided this assistance for over 40 years, but until now service to our community was limited. We are excited to work with Region 10 and the towns to build a robust network of consultants to help our local business community and entrepreneurs start and grow successful companies in the region.”
Small Business Loan Program

Through the Small Business Resource Center, a division of Region 10, business owners may apply for a small business loan without the regulatory burdens that most banks work under and are funded through state and federal agencies. Per Region 10’s website, over the past 30 years the Business Loan Fund has assisted 250 local small businesses and non-profits with over $9 million in loans. Loans typically range from $5,000 to $250,000 with fixed rates and a maximum term of 10 years or less. Moreover, the Fund focuses on loans that create or retain jobs or that expand businesses needed in the growing regional economy. Accepted use of funds includes working capital, equipment, inventory and other supportable expenditures.
Enterprise Zone Tax Credits Program

A number of businesses fall within the Enterprise Zone. This includes any business located in incorporated and unincorporated areas in San Miguel County, excluding the Town of Telluride. According to Region 10, if one’s business is located within the Enterprise Zone, they can apply for tax credits. Tax credits include three percent investment tax credit, $1,100 new employee credit, $1,000 Employer Sponsored Health Insurance Tax Credit, and others. The program was created by Colorado legislature to promote a business-friendly environment in economically distressed areas by offering state income tax credits that incentivize businesses to locate and develop in communities. Taxpayers investing in Enterprise Zones can earn a credit on their Colorado income tax by planning and executing specific economic development activities. In addition, one could contribute to the Small Business Resource Center which would qualify for the Enterprise Zone tax credit since the Center is also an Enterprise Zone project.

To learn more about these services and programs, visit Region10.net.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival kicks off in Mountain Village with a free concert; gondola hours extended

FirstGrass Concert

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Grammy-winner Rhiannon Giddens along with her bandmates and the string-infused quintet Fruition will join forces on the concert stage in Mountain Village for the Seventh Annual FirstGrass Concert June 17. As part of the 42st Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, this free show runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Sunset Plaza, and is made possible by the Town of Mountain Village and Planet Bluegrass.

“Rhiannon is going to be one of the biggest takeaway buzzes of the festival, so it’s a thrill to have her on this FirstGrass lineup,” said Brian Eyster, vice-president of communications for Planet Bluegrass. “She won a Grammy with Carolina Chocolate Drops, her solo record is one of the hottest things of the year in roots music, and just last month she was nominated by the Americana Music Awards for ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’.”

After the show, stick around for the 14th Annual Bluegrass Kickoff Party as Yonder Mountain String Band plays to a sold-out crowd at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m.; all ages welcomed. For those without a ticket, take advantage of the culinary options in Mountain Village.


Festival Transportation & Parking

The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are connected by a three-stage gondola system starting at Town Hall Plaza in Mountain Village and ending in Telluride at Oak Street Plaza. It takes about 13 minutes to get from one town to the other. During the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, gondola operating hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Expect long lines during peak times. For those needing a ride to their vehicle parked on town roadways, the Planet Bluegrass Bus will pick up festivarians at Town Hall Plaza and drop off passengers near their vehicle. The bus will run Thursday through Sunday from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. To assist with locating one’s vehicle, signs denoting specific parking zones – A through G – will be erected. Vehicles left on Mountain Village roadways after 12 p.m. Monday, June 22 will be towed at the owner’s expense. In addition, Dial-A-Ride will remain open until 2:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Since the Town of Mountain Village becomes inundated with parked vehicles during the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the town has set aside specific parking spaces for its residents and businesses from Wednesday, June 17 through Sunday, June 21. Mountain Village residents who have procured a parking permit can park in the Town Hall Plaza Parking lot. Twenty-six spaces located along the rock wall are designated for permit holders and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; overnight parking is not allowed. Additionally, six resident-only parking spaces are located on the top level of the Gondola Parking Garage though residents may park anywhere in the garage. Resident parking permits are also valid in the North Village Center lot; overnight parking is not allowed.

Individuals and festivarians without parking permits must park their vehicles where directed by parking staff once the Gondola Parking Garage is full. The North Village Center pay-to-park surface lot is another parking option though overnight parking is not allowed. Short-term parking will be available for those doing business in Mountain Village; times will be enforced. Alternatively, for those parking, shopping, dining or recreating in Mountain Village, we encourage the utilization of Heritage Parking Garage, located off Mountain Village Boulevard across from Hotel Madeline. The first hour is free and then $2 for each hour until exit, $35 maximum in a 24-hour period.
Common Consumption Area

For the FirstGrass Concert, the Common Consumption Area is in effect. According to state law, consumption of alcoholic beverages in public areas, including Sunset Plaza, is not permitted. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased from licensed establishments and must be consumed on the premises. Please do not bring alcohol into the concert area.

Market on the Plaza is a summer mainstay in Mountain Village

Market On The Plaza

Words by Nichole Zangara / Event

Nothing says summertime in Colorado like an open air market, especially amid the sun-soaked scenery of Mountain Village Center. So beginning June 17, the paver-laden Heritage Plaza will once again be teeming with white tents and Colorado-proud vendors as the Market on the Plaza returns to Mountain Village.

“We are happy to announce that not only are last year’s vendors returning but also a number of new vendors who are certainly helping to create an open air market that offers a wide variety of products,” said Nichole Zangara Riley, director of marketing and business development for Mountain Village.

In its fifth year, the Market runs every Wednesday through August 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and offers patrons some unconventional variety. Of course the usual, and much desired, products will be available: produce, dairy, herbs and seasonings, and prepared foods. But Heritage Plaza also will be dotted with less traditional vendors selling greeting cards, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, tinctures, and hair pieces, among other items. In addition, the town is partnering with Wilkinson Public Library to bring more entertainment and programming to Mountain Village Center.

“The library’s programming helps round out the market and gives patrons a fun dose of the unconventional,” explained Zangara Riley. “The market’s day-time entertainment will begin July 1 and include youth activities like face painting and summer games. In addition to the entertainment, the library will have a booth setup where they will sell used books.”

To become a Market vendor, contact Market Coordinator Deanna Drew at [email protected]. For Market highlights, visit facebook.com/townofmountainvillage. Market patrons can also share their #marketfavorites with Mountain Village.

Second and final 2015 LED bulbs sale begins Monday; over 3,700 bulbs sold in March and April

Relight Mountain Village

Words by Nichole Zangara / Environment

Mountain Village announced today that it is offering its residents and business owners a second opportunity in 2015 to save money and energy by switching from inefficient light bulbs to new light-emitting diode technology (LEDs). In partnership with San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) and Cooperative Business Lighting Partners, the program Relight Mountain Village provides instant rebates and exclusive offers to those who purchase LEDs at greenlivingtown.com. The online order period begins June 15 and will run until midnight July 31. Program participants can expect to save up to 75 percent for each LED bulb they purchase.

“With many new community members participating in the program this year, we are confident that the pool of rebate money will run out before the end of the last order period,” observed Environmental Services Director Deanna Drew. “And it is not clear if SMPA will continue to offer their LED rebates in 2016, so now is the time to take advantage of this energy and cost-saving program.”

In an effort to reduce waste, bulbs will be delivered in bulk and available for pickup at Town Hall Plaza. Customers will be contacted via email regarding the specific date and time for this pickup event.

As for program rules, participants can order up to 50 common LEDs 300 lumens or greater per meter per year. This limitation ensures that everyone has the opportunity to change the environmental landscape and their monthly electricity bill for the better. Other types of bulbs such as tube lighting and bulbs less than 300 lumens have different rebate guidelines and amounts, which will be automatically calculated during the online ordering process.

Once LED bulbs are installed Drew suggests placing any unwanted incandescent light bulbs in the trash, but warns that fluorescent tubes and compact florescent bulbs contain mercury, a hazardous material that must be properly recycled or disposed of according to San Miguel County guidelines. For more details, visit lamptracker.com. One can also sell or donate their old bulbs and fixtures that still work.


2015 Relight Mountain Village Results

Once again, Relight Mountain Village has proven that the Mountain Village community cares about using energy wisely and is committed to reducing its overall energy demand. Following are the results from the 2015 winter LED bulb sale.

• Total town rebate amount: $11,258
• Total SMPA rebate amount: $22,561
• Total number of LED bulbs purchased: 3,761
• Total number of Mountain Village/SMPA customers: 63
• Total number of residential customers: 56
• Total number of commercial customers: 7
• Top three most popular LED bulbs: standard bulb (1), can lights (2), track lighting (3)
• Total amount of annual greenhouse gas emissions avoided: 107 metric tons of carbon dioxide
• Total number of trees saved: 21,786
• Total acres of trees planted: 52
• Total number of cars off the road: 16
• Total annual energy cost savings: $33,599
• Total annual energy usage reduction: 84% or 244,360 kilowatt hours
• Average pay back period after rebate: 5 months
Bight Lights, Big Profits in 2014

In 2014, all told, 94 residents and 27 business owners purchased over 4,800 LED bulbs through the Relight Mountain Village program. This translated to a four-month average pay back period and total annual energy cost savings of $71,362. The most popular LEDs purchased were can lights, standard bulbs, and dimmable table lamps and track lighting. Moreover, of the town’s $20,000 Relight Mountain Village rebate fund, $18,214 was applied at time of bulb purchase in addition to about $35,000 from the San Miguel Power Association rebate program.


Changing Landscape

Over the past few years the cost of LEDs has been steadily dropping while making immense gains in energy efficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting accounts for about 10 percent of a home’s electricity use. Since LEDs typically use 75- to 80-percent less energy than the traditional varieties, upgrading one’s lighting source is a step in the right direction, and most of the newer bulbs sold in the U.S. have longer life spans – more than 20 years – so a continual savings is realized well into the future. Moreover, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there are three billion incandescent bulbs currently in use. In other words, American households could collectively save $6 billion on energy costs in 2015 alone by making the switch to more energy-efficient lighting.

According to SMPA, results of switching to an energy-efficient light source like an LED are promising. For instance, if one were to replace 50 60-watt bulbs in their home that run an average of three hours each day, they would save about $30 each month on their electricity bill, making Relight Mountain Village truly a win-win for those who participate.

Mountain Village Mayor Dan Jansen couldn’t agree more.

“Earmarking funds for the energy reduction program Relight Mountain Village show not only the local government’s long-term commitment to being part of the solution, but also the commitment of our residents, business owners and electric power cooperative.”

Relight Mountain Village, a $20,000 funded program, is part of the town’s energy reduction strategy.

Mountain Village holds election June 30; four open Town Council seats and two ballot questions

Election

Words by Nichole Zangara / Election

The Town of Mountain Village will hold a Regular Municipal Election June 30 to elect four candidates. Hitting a record high, 13 candidates declared their candidacy for the upcoming election, and are listed on the ballot in this order: Dan Jansen, David Schillaci, Laila Benitez, Bruce MacIntire, Jonette Bronson, Dan R. Garner, John E. Howe, Jeffrey Fasolo, Dan Caton, Jonathan Greenspan, Suse Connolly, Brian Kanaga, Richard Child. The order of candidates was determined based on a draw by lot. To learn more about each candidate, visit https://townofmountainvillage.com/election.

In addition to electing four candidates, electors may vote on two ballot questions pertaining to Lot640A, site of the former Telluride Apartments. The first ballot question is a citizen-initiated ordinance which limits any increase in density on Lot 640A to 45 units. The second ordinance also pertains to density on Lot 640A and is Town Council-initiated. This ordinance limits density on the site to 60 units in addition to other requirements and limitations.

Ballots will be mailed to registered voters between June 8 and June 12, and may be returned either by mail or in person to Town Hall, located at 455 Mountain Village Blvd., by or before June 30; ballots postmarked June 30 will not be counted. On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A sample ballot is available online.

Mountain Village Town Council Candidate Forum

Wilkinson Public Library will host the Mountain Village Town Council Candidate Forum June 10 beginning at 4:45 p.m. in Mountain Village Town Hall. The format will include opening statements by each candidate and three questions pertinent to the election prepared by library staff. Each candidate will be given a specified amount of time to answer each question. To close the Forum, written questions from the audience may be asked by the moderator if time permits. The forum will be streamed live at townofmountainvillage.com/video and available to watch on-demand that same day.

Solar rebates available to Mountain Village residents and business owners who invest in renewable energy

Words by Nichole Zangara / Environment

In line with Mountain Village’s environmental ethos, the town is offering significant savings to those who install solar on their home or business. First launched in 2014, the Solar Energy Rebate Program awards those by offering a rebate of $0.40 per watt of power generated by solar. This is in addition to San Miguel Power Association (SMPA) current rebate of $0.75 per watt.

“Mountain Village wants to encourage its property owners to utilize renewable energy, and the town’s $0.40 per watt rebate along with the current federal tax credits and SMPA’s rebate of $0.75 per watt really improves the payback period for solar investments,” said Environmental Services Director Deanna Drew.

As for program rules, the town rebate applies to solar installations up to five kilowatts for residential properties and 10 kilowatts for commercial meters, which translates to a maximum rebate of $2,000 per meter for residents and $4,000 maximum rebate per meter for business owners. Residential and commercial owners may also receive a 30 percent federal tax credit. To get started, the town recommends contacting a Colorado solar professional or electrician to obtain a competitive bid.

“With the federal tax credit and SMPA rebates set to expire in 2016 and the recent sellout of the SMPA community solar array, now is the time in invest in solar on your home,” explained Drew.

In 2009, Mountain Village pledged to support Colorado Governor Ritter’s Climate Action Plan goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 20 percent by 2020. In 2014, the town government reduced its own GHG emissions 22 percent from 2010 levels. The town government measures greenhouse gases using the amount of fuel, electricity and natural gas consumed by government operations annually.

“This solar rebate program is another creative way that our government is encouraging the responsible use of natural resources throughout the community,” said Drew. “Once a home or business becomes as energy efficient as possible, we hope that folks will take the next step and offset their electricity from coal with cleaner, renewable sources of electricity.”

The Mountain Village Solar Energy Rebate Program, a $20,000 funded program, is part of the town’s overall energy reduction strategy.

Mountain Village hosts a regional, educational noxious weeds seminar; launches community weed control rebate program

Noxious Weeds

Words by Nichole Zangara / Environment

Controlling noxious weeds in the alpine environment of San Miguel County takes the entire community’s support and due diligence. To educate the populous on this issue, the Town of Mountain Village is hosting the San Juan Green Living Noxious Weeds Seminar June 5 beginning at 10 a.m. in Mountain Village Town Hall. This informative and educational event will provide San Miguel County property owners and landscaping professionals the opportunity to learn how to identify weeds, why to control weeds, best practices for treating weeds, and how Mountain Village is incentivizing its residents to manage weeds on their property.

“Last Fall Town Council asked staff to step up the enforcement of noxious weed control in the community,” said Environmental Services Director Deanna Drew. “Our 2015 program will include education and incentives for our property owners to control noxious weeds effectively, efficiently and according to the State of Colorado, San Miguel County and Town of Mountain Village regulations.”

The two-hour seminar will stream live at townofmountainvillage.com/video.

Community Weed Control Rebate Program

For 2015, the Town of Mountain Village was awarded a $10,000 grant from Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Noxious Weed Management Fund to implement a rebate program incentivizing Mountain Village residential property owners to manage noxious weeds on their properties. Residents who hire a certified and licensed applicator to treat noxious weeds on their property may be reimbursed 25 percent of their total bill, up to a maximum rebate amount of $250 per property. Funds are limited, so rebates will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. To receive a rebate, one must complete and submit a rebate application form that verifies the applicator’s license number and proof of payment.

In addition, for the 2015 weed season Mountain Village has hired Kenny Smith of Premier Weed Management, a qualified and licensed noxious weed control specialist, to assist with the treatment of weeds on residential properties in June and September. If a resident would like Smith’s assistance, they will need to complete and submit a consent form to the town. For added convenience, the town will apply the Community Weed Control Rebate to the cost of Smith’s services and invoice the resident directly.

“All property owners should know that commercial weed control applicators must be trained and licensed by the State of Colorado so that they are applying herbicide in a way that is both effective and least harmful to the environment,” explained Drew. “Our contractor is licensed and very experienced in high altitude weed management throughout the region.”

For more information about the San Juan Green Living Noxious Weeds Seminar and the Community Weed Control Rebate Program, contact Environmental Services Director Deanna Drew at [email protected] or 970.369.8236.

Overall energy consumption down in Mountain Village

Solar Energy Rebate Program

Words by Nichole Zangara / Environment

The Town of Mountain Village took a no-holds-barred approach to reducing its energy use in 2014, and it paid off. This same approach continues into 2015.

“Mountain Village made significant capital investments for energy efficiency projects in 2014, and staff intends to continue to monitor energy consumption throughout 2015 to get a more thorough understanding of the effects of our efforts,” said the town’s Environmental Services Director Deanna Drew. “When efficiency projects are complete, next we will consider implementing more renewable energy projects to further reduce our emissions.”

In 2009 the Town of Mountain Village with the Town of Telluride and San Miguel County adopted a resolution to mirror the State of Colorado’s Climate Action Plan of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by the year 2020. Using 2010 as the baseline year for achieving this goal, Mountain Village calculates greenhouse gas emissions by converting total electricity, natural gas, and fuel consumed by government operations to carbon dioxide, a primary greenhouse gas.

“Overall, we are experiencing a downward trend in electricity, natural gas and fuel consumption through most Mountain Village departments. We can attribute this to employee awareness, capital investment and a focus on energy efficiency projects during 2014,” explained Drew.

Energy Reduction Highlights

Following is a list of 2014 and 2015 energy reduction statistics, projects and programs lead by Mountain Village in order to reduce energy consumption.

  • In 2014 carbon dioxide emissions were reduced eight percent from 2013 levels, 13 percent from a six-year average, and 22 percent from 2010 baseline emission levels.
  • Mountain Village community’s electricity use was down five percent in 2014 based on 2010 energy use totals and down four percent based on a five-year average.
  • The Gondola Parking Garage LED project is showing the greatest energy savings of all facilities, with a 45 percent reduction from 2013 totals and 33 percent reduction over a five-year average.
  • Every inefficient light bulb in the gondola terminals will be replaced with LEDs this spring thanks in part to a San Miguel County grant that will cover nearly half of the cost of the project.
  • Solar panels purchased through Green Gondola Project donations and installed on gondola terminals have offset approximately two percent of the gondola’s total electricity use. The town intends to install more solar panels on gondola terminals in 2015.
  • In 2014, the town earmarked $300,000 for energy efficiency projects on town facilities based on energy audits and recommendations provided by energy consultants. Of the $300,000, $200,000 was rolled over into 2015, primarily to complete the efficiency projects at Village Court Apartments (VCA), Telluride Conference Center, and Heritage Parking Garage.
  • VCA staff has engaged an energy consultant to provide analysis to prove if conversion of the apartment complex to natural gas is economically feasible. If not, further analysis will include recommendations for efficiency measures to reduce electricity consumption in the units, such as programmable thermostats with thresholds for electricity use.
  • The town’s maintenance staff is working with an energy consultant to analyze potential efficiencies in plaza snowmelt systems and make recommendations for improvements in 2015.
  • The town is considering a new renewable energy project which entails installing solar panels on the town’s maintenance shop. Doing so may offset 100 percent of the energy used in this facility.
  • The town offered its community members three energy reduction incentive programs in 2014: Relight Mountain Village, community solar panel discounts, and rebates for on-site solar. These three programs are available to the community again in 2015.
  • The Mountain Village community is currently generating approximately 77,647 kilowatts per hour of rooftop solar energy (about 216 panels); purchased 193,058 kilowatts per hour (505 panels) of renewable energy at the community solar array in Paradox Valley; and purchased 22,316 Green Blocks (100 kilowatts per hour per block) of renewable energy from San Miguel Power Association in 2014.

SBDC expands into San Miguel County, offers free access to business consultants

Business Development

Words by Nichole Zangara / Business Development

Due to an increase in demand and support from the Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA), an initiative of the Telluride Foundation, and the towns of Mountain Village and Telluride, the West Central Region 10 Small Business Development Center (SBDC) satellite office is expanding to include San Miguel County and Ouray County.

According to Region 10’s Small Business Resource Director Vince Fandel, the West Central SBDC program has been building slowly over the past year with robust programs in Montrose and Delta counties. After receiving requests from TVA and the Town of Mountain Village to expand its program to include San Miguel County, Fandel contacted the state’s SBDC office and the SBDC’s host, Western State Colorado University, requesting a full satellite expansion.

To celebrate the expansion, the SBDC is hosting a grand opening of the satellite office March 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Region 10 office, located at 300 N. Cascade in Montrose. Representatives from the state SBDC office, Western State Colorado University, and other community members will be available to answer questions.

A popular and invaluable service offered by the SBDC is free access to one-on-one business consulting and no to low-cost business training. According to Fandel, several consultants who live in the region have been screened, are in the certification process, and will be able to specifically serve the area’s entrepreneurs. Local companies will also have access to other consultants certified throughout the state. To access services, San Miguel County business owners register online and will be paired with a consultant to discuss in confidential meetings an array of topics like business planning, valuation, accessing capital, financial reports and analysis, just to name a few. Qualifications to become a consultant vary depending upon the individual’s expertise.

“With the start of TVA, more and more entrepreneurs and small businesses owners have emerged and requested access to mentors and advisors to help them grow their business,” explained TVA Director Thea Chase. “SBDC is a national resource that has provided this assistance for over 40 years, but until now service to our community was limited. We are excited to work with Region 10 and the Town of Mountain Village to build a robust network of consultants to help our local business community and entrepreneurs start and grow successful companies in the region.”

To attend the SBDC grand opening, RSVP online or at 970.249.2436, and for more information about the SBDC, visit, region10.net/smallbusiness.

Task Force to review initial medical center site plans at a two-day design charrette session

Telluride Medical Center

Words by Nichole Zangara / Development

The Town of Mountain Village is hosting two design charrette sessions to evaluate the initial site plans for the new regional medical center development project. The Telluride Hospital District (THD) Board is proposing to build a 25,000-square-foot medical facility between Mountain Village Town Hall and the Gondola Parking Garage. If financially feasible, this facility may include a second floor, which could house allied health offices in the short-term and serve as an expanded medical center in the long-term. Town Council unanimously agreed to convey roughly a one-acre parcel to the THD in January at di minimis cost. According to Mountain Village Mayor Dan Jansen, the town is excited that the process can shift from site selection to more critical issues.

“While the site selection step was important, the process is now moving into the critical issues of developing the best medical facility, doing so in a fiscally responsible manner, and providing a broader range of services quickly for our communities,” Jansen said.

The proposed medical center is envisioned in the Mountain Village Comprehensive Plan, and due to its location – it falls within the Town Hall Center Subarea Plan – THD representatives will present site-specific development plans to the Town Hall Center Subarea Task Force and members of the public March 31 and April 1.

“The Task Force was created as a condition when the town rezoned several properties within the Town Hall Center Subarea to civic uses. A medical center falls under civic use,” Hawkins explained. “The main responsibility of the Task Force is to review site-specific plans within this subarea in order to ensure that all concerns voiced by surrounding neighbors are considered prior to formal review. During the medical center design charrette sessions, the THD’s architectural firm, Mahlum Architects, will present initial site plans for purposes of obtaining input from the Task Force. Subsequently, the Task Force will provide a non-binding recommendation to the Design Review Board and Town Council.”

The Task Force was formed by way of Town Council appointment in January, and is comprised of four homeowner association representatives from surrounding developments, one Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association Board member, one Town of Mountain Village representative, one Comprehensive Plan Task Force member, and two at large community members. This will be the third time the Task Force will convene formally. This past month the Task Force reviewed The Lofts at Mountain Village development proposal.

Both design charrette sessions will be take place in the conference room in Mountain Village Town Hall on March 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and April 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend these meetings in person or watch online at townofmountainvillage.com/video.

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