Progress & Possibilities
GSCRA’s Annual Meeting, State of the Community and Economic Outlook with a FOCUS on Workforce and Housing
Friday, February 22
8-8:30 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – Welcome & GSCRA Annual Report
8:45 a.m. – The Implications of Population, Aging, Commuting and Housing on the Workforce Chris Akers, Economist, Colorado State Demography Office
(30-minute presentation with 10 minutes for Q&A)
Chris Akers will briefly cover the population and employment changes seen in the U.S. between 2017-18 and then go into the changes in Colorado's population and employment from roughly 2010 to 2017 or 2018 (when available). The bulk of the presentation will consist of a deeper dive into the demographics of Garfield County and Glenwood Springs. Learn about the aging of Colorado and Garfield County's population and some of the implications this aging will have on the workforce. Data on commuting and housing as it relates to the local workforce all also be explored.
9:35 – 10:45 a.m. –Panel Discussion on Expanding Housing Affordability in Glenwood Springs Clark Anderson, Executive Director of Community Builders
(15-minute presentation, 30-35 minutes panel discussion and 10-15 minutes of audience discussion)
- Hannah Klausman, AICP
Senior Planner, City of Glenwood Springs
- Jeff Gatlin
Chief Operating Officer, Roaring Fork Schools
- Melanie Bourgeois
Mortgage Loan Originator, Bank of Colorado
- Bob Murphy
State Director, AARP Colorado
Housing affordability remains a critical challenge to our community and economy. This panel will explore challenges and opportunities for responding to this issue. Clark Anderson, Executive Director of Community Builders, will open up with a short presentation outlining key drivers, potential solutions, and likely barriers. Following, a panel of local civic and business leaders will discuss specific needs and opportunities for progress in Glenwood Springs.
10:45-11 a.m. – Closing Remarks
This event will sell out - Reserve your seats!