On Tuesday, the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Salida Chamber of Commerce announced that they have joined forces across the central Rockies region to create the Mountain Chamber Alliance (MCA).
“On May 3rd we were approached by the Basalt Chamber Director to consider joining forces for key advocacy issues by joining MCA to combine support with other local Colorado Mountain chambers,” said Salida Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lori Roberts.
“The first issue that we read about and decided to support was the expansion of the definition used for in-state tuition at CMC. As an alliance, if you will, the MCA all agreed that this would help address workforce and training issues that our businesses face,” she added. “The Salida Chamber Board of Directors expressed support of joining the MCA at that point and we are happy to be a part of the collaborative effort.”
The MCA is a membership organization consisting of chambers of commerce across the central Rockies region, including Grand, Summit, Eagle, Routt, Chaffee, Lake, Garfield, Pitkin, Gunnison, and San Miguel counties. The organization was created to help advance public policy goals that enhance economic vitality and oppose those that negatively impact the communities and businesses across the mountain region.
The new alliance includes 13 chambers: Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Basalt Chamber of Commerce, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, Colorado River Valley Chamber, Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, Gypsum Chamber of Commerce, Summit Chamber of Commerce, Steamboat Chamber and Vail Valley Partnership to form the Mountain Chamber Alliance (MCA), in addition to Salida and Buena Vista.
The mission of the MCA is to apply the collaborative impact of the chambers of commerce across the central Rockies, including the thousands of businesses and employees they represent, to ensure the mountain communities have a voice on regional and state issues of importance.
Gunnison Chamber Director Celeste Helminski shares, “Fellow regional chambers of commerce have been a source of collaboration for many years. The creation of MCA solidifies those efforts with a stronger voice on challenges and opportunities that all of our member businesses face.”
The MCA has identified key priority items that are common themes impacting the mountain region. These include workforce housing, transportation, early childcare, tourism funding and destination management, short term rentals, workforce development, broadband, and healthcare.
“We are excited to collaborate with our fellow chambers of commerce in the mountain region, as we all work to solve similar challenges. By working together, we can share ideas and resources, and ultimately amplify the voice of our businesses and communities,” shared Angie Anderson, MCA Chair and Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association President & CEO.