The Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has organized a special event focused on the growth and change occurring in Chaffee County, as it is across the state of Colorado. The event is set for 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 25 at the Salida Scout Hut located at 210 E. Sackett, Salida.
Event speaker Elizabeth Garner is the Colorado State Demographer with the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), an agency focused on strengthening the capacity of Colorado’s communities and local governments. Whether your family has been here for generations, or you’ve only been here months or years, residents can see and feel that Chaffee County is changing.
Making sense of these changes and preparing for the future, however, requires more than a gut feel. It requires an understanding of the data behind the changes. In our case as a community, population and economic data tell an amazing story of where we’ve been and where we’re going.
This is the next installment of the EDC’s quarterly Insights speaker series, all sponsored by TBK Bank. This event is an opportunity to learn about the data that are driving the changes that county residents are seeing and feeling. Attendees will hear about emerging trends in aging, migration, the changing nature of work, and how “amenity-rich” areas like Colorado’s Central Mountains have been, and are projected to continue, evolving.
Garner leads the Colorado Demography Office, which produces population and economic estimates and forecasts for use by state agencies and local governments, which are also valuable to businesses of all sizes and industries.
She has more than 25 years of experience analyzing population and economic trends in the state, and her current areas of research include aging in Colorado, characteristics of migration, and poverty. She is an economist, receiving her B.A. in Business at the University of San Diego, and her masters in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. Garner is also a Colorado native, something only 43 percent of the state’s current population can claim.