City, ACRA Launch 'Mining Aspen for Ideas' Campaign

The City of Aspen and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association want your ideas for stimulating Aspen’s economy through special events and “outside of the box” approaches.


“A lot of people have some good ideas out there about how to attract visitors to Aspen, fill empty storefronts or raise Aspen’s profile as a destination,” said City Manager Steve Barwick. “We’re hoping to create a way for those ideas to be harvested and vetted, with the best ones implemented.”


The ideas will be gathered through Nov. 6 and then will go to a committee of City, ACRA and Commercial Core and Lodging Commission officials for review. The best ideas then will be presented to Aspen City Council for possible implementation and perhaps funding as well.


“In a way this is a ‘request for proposals’ for ideas,” Barwick said. “But this isn’t a contest with a cash prize, or anything like that. This is Aspen’s citizens pooling their brainpower to come up with some creative ways to help us get through these difficult economic times.”


Ideas can be submitted online from From the homepage, click on “Mining Aspen for Ideas.” Ideas can also be mailed to Aspen City Hall, Community Relations Department, 130 S. Galena, Aspen, CO 81611.

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2009