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Economic Summit Looks at Surviving and Thriving the Pandemic in Mountain Towns
Saturday, November 7, 2020


Look into the crystal ball at what winter holds for Sun Valley and learn how COVID is re-creating outdoor recreation when Sun Valley Economic Development and Visit Sun Valley co-present the 2020 Economic Summit.

This year’s conference will be offered virtually over three days, rather than one. It will also be offered free.

The agenda:

  • Monday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Conference Kickoff presented by Visit Sun Valley. “Past Summer & Upcoming Winter Situational Analysis.” Presenters will be Scott Fortner and Ray Gadd.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—“REC-reation this Winter: COVID Re-creates Outdoor Recreation.” Presenters will be Mike Fitzpatrick of Sun Valley Resorts, Ken Rider of Brundage Mountain, Zach Crist of Sun Valley Guides and Paddy McIlvoy of Backwoods Mountain Sports.

2-3:30 p.m. WORKSHOP # 1: “Stewardship & Mindfulness in Town & the Backcountry.” Presenters will be Joe St. Onge of Sun Valley Trekking and “Powder Magazine” founder Jake Moe.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “COVID Operational Safety Systems: Innovations for Community Health & Safety.” Presenters are Brian Formusa-HVAC Engineer, Leif Eglthern of SafeAccess and Cathy Swink of the COVID Response Group.

2-3:30 p.m.—WORKSHOP #2: “Maximizing the Dollar Value of the Guest.”

2-3:30 p.m. WORKSHOP #3: “Digital Trends for Your Business.”

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