There is more to the Chamber than great events and concerts in the park...
Catherine shares the purpose of the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is to support, promote and increase business opportunities for its members and the community. In the aftermath of the fires of 2020 and Covid 19; the scope of the Chamber's work across the community is more apparent now more than ever.
In our broad ranging talk one of the key points emerged when discussing the future of Grand County. Regardless of what part of the County you call home; we are all tied to a common set of concerns - fires, water, public lands, intelligent/smart growth. We are all truly in this together.
Schelly Olson, Assistant Chief of Administration & Community Risk Reduction at Grand Fire Protection District & chairperson of the Grand County Wildfire Council, an organization focused on helping residents prepare, prevent, mitigate and survive wildland fire events.
We talk about a wide range of topics related to Schelly’s work in and around wildland fire, firefighting and fire prevention. Particularly, the Williams Fork and the East Troublesome fires. The latter claimed Schelly’s family home (one of nine first responders to lose their primary residence in the fire). We also discuss the kindness of the community and the heroic efforts of the firefighters and emergency responders across many agencies during and after the wildfires in Grand County.
Shanna Ganne, Executive Director, Grand County Historical Association.
Did you know Grand County is home to 4 museums and gift shops featuring local history? Not only that; did you know there used to be a mining town and an airstrip at the bottom of Lake Granby, and that President Dwight Eisenhower used to hang out in Grand County? Or that the first Allosaurus fossil was found in Grand County?
Find the Grand County Historical Association online at www.grandcountyhistory.org
Glen Trainor, Chief of Police, Fraser Winter Park Police Department, grew up in Buena Vista where his family homesteaded land back in the 1880s. Glen walks us through his path to becoming the Chief of Police, what it takes to police a resort town, the effects of Covid-19 on community outreach and policing, as well as what it means to help others in Grand County when things are tough.
Megan Ledin is the Executive Director of the Grand Foundation. Megan discussed the storied history and broad reach of the Grand Foundation, Covid relief funding, the Grand County Wildfire Relief Fund, and the future of the Grand Foundation.
Please donate if you are able: https://www.grandfoundation.com/donate